Dog Washing Tips
Here Are Some Good Washing Tips You Can Try Out!
We know that every dog owner knows how to wash their dog… But if you’re looking for some dog washing tips to help make cleaning your dog a more streamlined process then be sure to read more of this article!
Before The Dog Is Wet
The following dog washing tips apply before you even put a single drop of water on your dog. It may seem like tedious steps but they can not only speed up your washing process.
Use the right shampoo – Shampoo designed for people and sometimes even baby shampoo — has a different pH than what’s best for your dog. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a product that works best for your individual pet, and follow the directions. If your dog has skin problems, you’ll likely need a therapeutic shampoo that will address his condition. While you’re shopping, get a tool you can use in the bath, such as the Kong Zoom Groom which we’re personally big fans of here at The Leather Dog Co. Such tools reduce shedding by loosening ready-to-drop fur in the tub, and they take your shampoo further by working it deep into the coat. They also give your dog a relaxing massage.
Stop the tears and wet ears – Ask your veterinarian for some suitable eye ointment and have her show you how to apply it to your dog. Also, put a small piece of cotton in each of your dog’s ear canals to prevent water from getting inside; just make sure you take it out after the bath.
Brush your dog. Brushing before a bath helps the shampoo get into the coat and works out mats before they get set in by the water. Gently pick apart or cut out any mats before the bath, because adding water will make them impossible to remove.
Stock your station. It’s frustrating to start bathing a dog only to realize the shampoo or towels are on the other side of the room. Unless you enjoy playing tag with a soaking wet pup, get your supplies together before you bring in the dog.
Use my three-towel trick. Have one towel to put in the bottom of the tub to provide traction and prevent slipping. The second towel is the antishake towel — drape it over the wet dog to prevent him from shaking and soaking you and the walls. The third towel is the drying towel. A big dog might need more than one drying towel.
Block the drain. Put a piece of steel wool in the drain to catch the dog hair and prevent it from plugging your drain. Which is a very common issue when washing your dog.
Put in a nonslip surface. This can be just a towel in the bottom of the tub or sink — using my three-towel trick — or a nonskid rubber mat. Few things stress out a dog more than not being able to stand without slipping, and giving him something to sink his toes into will help ease his anxiety about baths.
Go warm on the water. Fill the tub or sink with water before you bring in your dog. The sound of rushing water adds to his stress if he’s not an enthusiastic bather.
Time To Splash!
Use a leash if you have to, but lead your dog to the water, offering good cheer and a treat along the way. Don’t lose your cool if your dog resists — if he already dislikes bathing, an association with your angry voice won’t help. Put him in the tub with as little drama as possible and get to work.
Wet your dog completely. Be sure to start shampooing at the neck and then work your way down his body all the way to the tail and toes. Putting a barrier at the base of the skull prevents any fleas and ticks from the head to other parts of the body such as the ears. Keep the praise coming for your dog and his good behaviour during bathtime.
When every inch of your dog has been sudsed up, open the drain to let the dirty water out — the steel wool will catch the hair and spare you a drain clog. Rinse, rinse and rinse some more, using clean water from the tap. Getting all the soap out and the coat and skin flushed with fresh water will keep your dog clean longer and minimizes flaking.
Dry Instead Of Soaking Yourself
Dogs really dislike the smell of shampoo. To dogs, mint, fruit, and bubblegum just don’t have the same appeal as the smell of things that rot. Although don’t let your dog outside until he’s completely dry, or you’ll find all your hard work undone in an instant.
Throw a towel over him like a horse blanket and use another one to dry the face, then the ears and then the feet. You can use a blow-dryer to speed things along if you like and if your dog isn’t afraid of the noise (Elvis is terrified!). If you do use a blow-dryer, set it on the cooler setting to avoid any damage to the dog’s skin. Dryers made just for dogs blast room-temperature air. They make drying go more quickly by blowing the water out of the coat so it can air-dry more quickly. If you have a long-haired dog, this is a pretty good investment that will save you a hell of a lot of time and is definitely one of our go to dog washing tips.
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