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Dog Bathing Tips

One of the most important responsibilities that must be done on a regular basis when you own a dog is to bathe it . This is not only to ensure that your pet looks great, but it is also important in maintaining your dog’s good health. Regular bathing for your pet is also the perfect time to check that their ears, teeth, eyes, and nose are all clean and in good health.

Dog in Bathtub CartoonGiving your dog its first bath could be somewhat intimidating – both for you and for your dog. The use of readily available dog bathing accessoriesmay make the process easier for you, especially at the beginning. For best results when bathing your dog, you should start this routine at an early age. When you first bring a puppy into your home, you might even pretend to go through the motions of bathing him until you feel comfortable with giving him his first bath. You should make sure you give him plenty of time to adjust to his new surroundings and his new owner before attempting a bath or a grooming. However, when puppies learn about bathing at a young age, they tend to feel comfortable with the entire process all through their adult life.

There are, however, some dogs that hate to be bathed no matter how well you approach this necessary task. If your dog happens to be one of these particularly troublesome pets, you may want to consider leaving this job to a professional groomer. This is often the best option in order to be sure that no accidental harm comes to you or your pet.

Most dogs haves skin that  is relatively sensitive, which means that it is best not to use any type of harsh shampoos. There are several different varieties of dog shampoothat you can use for bathing your pets. Depending on your pet, you may even want to use baby shampoo when you are bathing the head, neck, ears, and around the eyes.

Start The Bath With Your Dog’s Head

You should always begin with your dog’s head when it’s time for a bath. Rather than pouring shampoo directly onto their coat, it is best to first pour the shampoo into your hands, and then carefully rub it into his coat. This helps to ensure that none of the shampooaccidentally gets into his eyes, which can cause inflammation and be very painful.

Once you have finished bathing your dog’s head, you should then work from the neck towards the tail of your dog. It is important to make sure that you reach the underside of your pet, as this is an area that is usually harder to get to. If your dog grows up getting bathed once every few weeks or so, it won’t take them long to start looking forward to getting their coat and skin massaged. Just as a massage feels great to most of us humans, this is also true of our pets.

When the bathing process is complete, be sure to thoroughly dry off your. If you don’t have a dryer that is specifically designed to dry dog’s hair,a few thick towels will do the trick. Water tends to accumulate on the ears, so pay extra close attention to be sure that they are fully dried.


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2 Responses to Dog Bathing Tips

  1. Joe warren April 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM #

    I have a old German Shepard he is afraid of getting a bath but he likes getting in a pool or river he has been hurt on his left leg how can I get him to let me wash him without hitting me most the time just grabs my arm tell me how please God bless

  2. LAdogs April 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

    Joe – Have you tried given him a bath outside in one of those low, plastic pools that are usually used for kids to play in?

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