How to bathe a dog is one of the main questions on a new pet owners mind.
It is also on of the major questions on a dog owners mind that have had their dog for several years. Why? Because if you dog has to get wet, so do you. I hope I have found a way on how to bathe a dog and not get drenched in the process.
So, listen up everyone, because here it is:
Being a seaside gal most of the dogs I have owned have loved the water. Running around on the sandy beaches, tackling the waves head on and playing tag in the shallow water were all great experiences.
Usually taking my dogs to the beach made it a bit easier for me to wash them later as they had already gotten used to the water.
However, since most of us sadly do not live near bodies of water that we can go to all around the year, here is a simpler way to make sure your dog can enjoy their baths:
Does my dog reaaaaly need a bath?
I know, I know. If we could avoid it we would.
Good news though: dogs do not need baths as regularly as we do.
While we should get into the shower daily, your furry friend should only go regularly. Too much showering can cause skin problems as well as remove some of the natural oils, which keeps them and their fur healthy and protected.
Bathing too frequently makes their skin dry and more prone to dandruff, frizzies, and mats.
Additionally, regularly bathing your dog is a regular grooming practice that will keep your dog’s coat clean and healthy. It also removes dirt, parasites, or other elements that can get stuck in their fur and can cause problems later on.
How regular you need to bathe your dog depends on several factors:
- Type of Coat
- Level of activity
It is always best to consult with your veterinarian. They can advise you on how to bathe your dog best.
Preparation for the foam battle
The easiest place to bathe your dog is usually a bathtub or shower stall.
Friendly reminder: to avoid injuring your back and knees, get some “disposable” towels and a non-slip bathmat for your home.
The disposable towels sole purpose from then on would be dog rub towels. They can also be used to clean up any mess your dogs may make while bathing.
Furthermore, this method is less expensive than paying for a groomer and you can avoid a mess at home.
Where to bathe your dog
Depending on where you live, it boils down to 2 major options: indoors or outdoors.
Let’s start with indoors
If you are living in a cold country, don’t have an “outdoor” area, or it is winter in your area, you definitely have to bathe your dog indoors.
Depending on the size of your dog you should either bathe them inside the sink or the bathtub/shower stall.
Small dog owners have a little bit of an advantage here: they can be bathed in a sink. Well, the dogs at least. If you can fit your whole body into a sink then that is some amazing skill.
Like it was mentioned above, if you have a medium to large sized dog it may be a bit harder.
Make sure to close the bathroom door so your favourite canine can’t “escape” and leave a trail of mess in your home.
Now let’s venture outdoors:
If it’s a sunny day outside and you feel like giving your pup a little outdoor bath, you might want to make sure of a couple of things.
Don’t use your hose on a high setting, just sprinkle them gently. You can get a plastic tub or an inflatable kiddie pool to bathe them in.
Additionally, make sure your dog doesn’t run right back into the mud once you washed them.
Getting them into the water the second time will be much, much harder than the first time.
How to bathe your dog
- Brush your dog carefully before a bath. Like this, you can make sure you got out all mats and tangles.
- Use lukewarm water. Try not to use too hot or cold water as it may be unpleasant for your doggo.
- Use DOG shampoo. I know that we save at nothing to make sure our pets are loved and safe. Using dog shampoo is a great way to do that. It doesn’t dry their skin as a human shampoo would. Put a walnut-sized amount in your hand, and gently massage into your dog’s fur. Make sure not to get any soap into their eyes.
- Rinse all soap/shampoo out. Any leftover liquid in your dog’s fur will irritate their skin later one.
- Use a soothing tone. Make sure your dog feels safe. For quite some time your dog may act like your dragging them off for torture, but eventually, they will learn that bathing can actually be fun.
- Air-dry. If you really, really need to use a blow dryer, use it ONLY on the lowest wind and heat setting and far away from your dogs’ sensitive ears. The best thing to do is wrap them in a warm, fluffy towel and cuddle, cuddle, and cuddle some more.
- Reward them. Give them treats and maybe play a little bit with them. After a shower, they will either feel more relaxed or energized.
If your dog suffers from any allergies, please consult your vet first before bathing your dog. They will know best what you and your doggo can do about it and still enjoy nice baths.
I personally love washing my dogs. Their fur will be super soft for cuddling and their smell will be super fresh!
However, please bear in mind that not all dogs enjoy bathing.
This is why it is super important to be patient with them and to constantly love them, no matter what.
For more information on dog grooming tips or nail clipping, you can read those articles. If you have any funny pictures of your dog bathing or in the water, leave it in the comments. Read you next time!