Thursday, January 27, 2011

When, Where and How to Bathe Your Dog

When, Where and How to Bathe Your Dog
Author: Jane Dinunzio

Is this a familiar scenario?  Every where you go around the house your devoted dog is by your side.  He knows when you are preparing his meals, when someone is due home from work he's at the window waiting, or just when you are relaxing, he is also.

When you begin getting ready to give him a bath, then suddenly you can't find him.  He knows whats up and doesn't like it.  Most dogs don't enjoy their bath, but here are a few tips to reduce your dog's anxiety.


Use your judgment and common sense. If he looks feels or smells dirty, then the time is now.

Basically a minimum of 3 or 4 baths a year for a clean, indoor apartment dwelling dog is sufficient. Obviously many more baths are needed for your outdoor, active or working dog.

Regular brushing helps with removing dead hair, distribute natural oils and removes dirt. This alone helps decrease the amount of dog baths necessary.   A good brush, appropriate for your dog's size and fur type, will give you and your pet a special time of bonding, and he will be so ecstatic and much more appreciative of time spent together.  Dogs will always prefer this over a bath anytime


Cloud Star's Buddy Wash Original Lavender & Mint 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner - 16 ounceDo not bathe your dog outdoors in cold winter climates.  Using the proper dog shampoo and tepid to warm water, bathe your dog in the utility tub, a small basin or your bath tub, depending on your dog's size.

Don't let a wet dog go out doors in cold, frigid weather.  The dog must be completely dry, especially down to the undercoat, that some dogs have.

In the warm summer time I bathe my dogs outside and let the heat of the sun dry them. They can run and shake, and take a nice warm sun bath.


Make sure your dog's coat is combed and all the mats and knots are removed.  These will only become more difficult to remove after they are wet.

Also, make sure that you have a calm environment for bath time.  You don't want the kid's fighting and crying, stress from yourself and a rushed, hurried attitude.  Most dogs don't enjoy baths, but will tolerate them if you are relaxed and gentle.

Make sure if using the tub, that your have a non slip mat down so your dog feels secure.

I use a shower head and long hose that is just perfect so my labs can stand up and I am comfortable also. If you don't have this, use a large pitcher (plastic) to wet and rinse with. Wash the face first with a wet cloth, without soap. Some people put cotton balls in the ears for protection, and if it makes you more comfortable, do so. Just don't forget to take them out after.

When the bath is finished try and get a towel or two ready and try and cover them before the shaking begins.   It is inevitable that your will get wet anyway.  Using old clean towels, that are used specifically for clean ups and your dogs messes, dry the fur as much as possible. Most dogs love the rub down after the bath much more than the actual bath.

Some dogs enjoy getting blown dried with a hair dryer after their baths, but if you do this, make sure you use the warm setting, not hot.  To prevent a hot spot on your dog's skin, you must keep the dryer moving at all times.

If you start the bath time routine from puppy hood, this usually will just then become part of the dog's routine and it won't be stressful. To prevent a stressful nervous dog, you should be relaxed and in a good mood before starting bath time, as most dogs feel our bad or unhappy feelings


Understanding your dog's behavior will increase the bond between you and your dog. Taking care of your dog, and giving him the best, whether it be the best nutrition, or the best medical care or the best emotional connection will make you and your pet both extremely content.
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