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Bathing Your Dog

Learn how often to give a dog a bath.

If you have an inside dog then you may not have to bathe him as much as you would an outside dog. An outside dog that plays around outside, runs around or digs in the yard will need to be bathed at least once every 6 weeks, if not sooner. 

Prepare the Bath

You will need:

  • Dog shampoo
  • 2 towels
  • Plastic cup
  • Brush
  • Washcloth

Start by running the water, this way you don’t have to try to do it while getting the dog in the bathtub.  If you prepare it beforehand then it will be easier. Place one towel on the floor in front of the bathtub, this will be used for cushion as you bend over to give your dog a bath. The other towel will be used to dry him/her off.

Bring your dog into the bathroom and place him gently in the tub. If your dog is scared of the water you may want to try to get him use to it first, by playing some type of game and maybe try tossing a toy in the water.

Lightly pour water over his coat while talking nice to him. You don’t want him/her to be afraid. Gently rub the water in until he’s all wet.

To begin washing him/her start with his face, lift his head up just a little and lightly wash it. Take the washcloth and gently get the gunk out of his eyes, be careful not to get any soap in hi eyes. Wash any and all water out of your dog’s eyes, nose and ears with the washcloth.

Lather the rest of his body with shampoo, making sure to get his neck and under his body, tail and legs.

Rinse all the shampoo out of his fur.

You do not need to use conditioner on your dog unless his fur is extremely knotted, this will help get the snarls out. Put the conditioner on the same way you would with the shampoo. Rinse his fur out and drain the water.

Gently lift your dog from the tub and place him on the ground. Wrap him in a towel and start drying. Remember he will shake.

Dry your dog thoroughly as you don’t want him getting sick. Use a cotton ball to dry out any water that may have got into his ears.

Brush his fur until it’s smooth. Telling him what a good dog he is and petting him as you do it.

Do not let him outside immediately after giving him a bath, he will most likely run straight for the dirt.

Rinse the bath out before leaving so that it is clean for the next person to use it.

Additional Tips:

  • Don’t bathe your dog every week, this can cause their skin to dry out and get irritated.
  • Make sure not to use too much water, as you don’t want your dog to drown. The water level should be at your dog’s knees, no higher.
  • Do not use a regular shampoo on your dog, there are several dog shampoos that you should use. See which one is best for your dog.
  • Cup your dog’s ears to make sure water doesn’t get in them as you wash his head.
  • Make sure to dry the dog thoroughly after the bath, you don’t want them getting sick.
  • If you don’t want your dog shaking all the water out of his fur on your counters and walls you may want to leave him in the bathtub for a moment.

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