How To Bathe Your Dog
As a pet owner, it is important to know how to bathe your dog. Washing and grooming is as important to pet health as it is to human health because it removes dirt, bacteria and other potential problems from the fur so that a pet is able to feel comfortable in any weather. Understanding how to bathe a pet is a vital part of caring for the health and comfort of your pet. Here are a few easy steps to help you along the way in how to take care of your dog between grooms!
Prepare the Bath:
The first part of washing your pet is preparing the bath. Depending on the size of the dog, it is usually best to use either a sink or a tub. The sink is ideal for puppies and small breeds while medium and large breeds are best suited to an actual tub or shower.
Put around three to four inches of water at the bottom of the tub. Use warm water for improved comfort. Get the shampoo ready and have a towel nearby.
Wet the Pet:
Pour water on the dog’s coat until it is thoroughly wet. If the shower has a spray hose that is possible to move around, spray your pet instead. Be careful not to get water into the eyes, ears or nose.
Pour shampoo into a hand and then start massaging it into the coat. Get the entire coat covered in shampoo suds and rub gently so that the dirt and bacteria is removed. It is important to get to the skin, even if working around a long hair breed. For particularly dirty areas, like the legs and tail, clean with a sponge to remove the dirt.
Rinse the shampoo using fresh, clean water. Using a bucket or spay hose is ideal for the removal of shampoo and dirt.
Wash the Face and Ears:
For the sensitive face and ears use a gentle wash cloth. Avoid rough motions and work with a gentle cleanser on the face. Rinse carefully to avoid getting water in the eyes, ears or nose. If necessary, wipe away soap with a clean cloth several times until no more soap comes out.
The last part of bathing a pet is drying with a towel and then grooming. Gently brushing out the tangles and getting the pet to look as beautiful as possible will result in a clean and healthy pet.
Here’s to ‘Keeping em Clean and Cute!’