Tips for Dog Washing

Some dogs enjoy taking baths while other dogs can turn it into a real struggle. Whether you’re trying to de-skunk your dog, de-flea your dog, or just trying giving your dog their scheduled bath it can sometimes be a struggle to get your fine four-legged friend to go along with the whole operation and be a good boy. Man’s best friend sometimes doesn’t act like it when you get them near a tub. Thankfully this series of tips will make you a pro on how to give a dog a bath. So let’s get you the info you need to get your dog clean.


Pet Washing Process

Make sure you have all your supplies in place before you start the process. You don’t want to find out that you’ve forgotten or misplaced your pet shampoo bar once you’ve gotten the dog into the tub. Get all the supplies organized and ready to go ahead of time and prep the bathtub with a towel or mat that will allow your dog to have some traction when they get in the water. The poor thing will already be stressed out enough about the bath as it is, not being able to keep their balance can only add to their stress and make your task all the more difficult.

You’ll want to use a happy voice for the whole process of bathing your dog. A dog that doesn’t like a bath is having a rough enough of things as it is, having its owner being angry or loud will only make a bad situation worse. Be soothing and comforting to your dog as you wash them. Making the process as friendly as possible for your pet will make it much easier on yourself as well.


Washing the Dog

Once you have gotten your dog into the bath it’s time to give them a good wash. Start by shampooing the neck and base of the skull. You want to get the shampoo down to the skin and work your way down the body. Fleas and ticks will try to head for higher ground once the shampooing begins and by starting at the neck you form a natural barrier that will allow you to make sure they can’t escape the shampoo and are removed from your dog by the end of the bath. Do your best to avoid getting any shampoo into the eyes or ear canal of your dog.

Once you have finished the bath you’ll want to usher the dog to an area in your house that it’s OK for them to shake themselves and get some of the water out. Have this area prepped and ready to go by the time you bring your dog over there and then once they are done with their natural attempts at drying you can go over them with a towel to get them completely dry.

Following these steps will turn what seems to be a tall task into a simple one and before you know it you’ll be an expert on how to bathe a dog at home.