How To Make Bath Time Easier for Your Dog

Bathing your dog is a necessary aspect of maintenance and grooming – not only for appearance but for the health of your pet. There is no specific timeframe specified for bathing a dog as they do not need a bath as often as a human. Bathing too often can strip a dog of its necessary oils for a vibrant coat and healthy skin.


Bath time can seem like a real chore for some dogs and their pet parents, yet it does not have to be.  If you introduce your pup to the whole bath process when it is very young, it becomes second nature without all the unnecessary fears. A dog can actually get its first bath by about four weeks of age.


As a general rule, most dogs may get a bath every one to two months; although puppies tend to be bathe much more often. This is for obvious reasons – they get messy from their food, step in their own urine or feces and love to get into muddy situations and more. As long as you use a special puppy shampoo, it is safe to bathe your puppy as needed.


Be sure to be prepared before bathing your puppy or dog. You may want to be sure the bathing room is extra warm so the pet is not chilled during the process. Have everything you need at your fingertips before starting the bath as you surely do not want to in a panic looking for necessities while your dog is sitting in the tub. Most often you will need the special shampoo for your dog’s particular needs, cotton balls to prevent water in the ears, mineral oil to protect suds in the eyes, toothbrush and toothpaste for the all-important oral care and plenty of drying towels.


One of the steps many people forget is to prep your dog before the bath. This may not apply to the slick, short-haired dogs but medium to long-haired dogs must be brushed and combed to be sure there are no mats or tangles. If you do not comb them out, the mats will turn into solid masses when they get wet and nearly impossible to remove unless they are clipped out.


Prepare the bath water to a nice lukewarm temperature. Place a drop of mineral oil into each eye to protect soap in the eyes. Cotton balls can prevent water in the ears as well. I always found it best to brush the teeth at this time for good oral care. Your veterinarian or professional groomer can demonstrate how to do so.


Wet your dog thoroughly before applying the shampoo.  Form a good rich lather, massaging it into the skin and coat of your dog.  Rinse extremely well. You want to perform the bath process as quickly as you can so your dog does not get stressed out, talking to it in a calm, gentle tone of voice.


Dry your dog well with a good pet chamois or large soft towel. You can also use a blow dryer on the lowest setting, especially during the colder weather to guarantee your dog will not get sick after a good warm bath. After the successful bath, a little treat and praise does not hurt, to let your dog know – a job well done.


A bath can be fun and easy for both you and your dog – without unnecessary stress. Done often enough, as needed, this special type together can create a close bond between you and your favorite canine.

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