Are you looking for a step-by-step guide on how to give the best dog bath? If so, we’ve got you covered. The following article will teach you everything you need to know about giving your pup a bath without any mess or hassle.
You’ll learn how to set up beforehand, what tools and supplies are needed, and then how to actually bathe your pup in just six easy steps! From shampooing to rinsing it all off with clean water to drying them off with a towel… These are skills that every pet owner should have under their belt.
How Often Should You Give Your Dog a Bath?
Pet owners are often concerned about the frequency to which they should give their dog a bath. The good news is that dogs do not require frequent bathing.
If there is excessive dirt and oil on your pup’s coat, then it might be worth giving them a shampoo every few weeks to keep everything clean and healthy for both of you. If there isn’t any odor or grime, then just stick to regular brushing sessions instead. These will allow all loose hairs and oils to get brushed out without having to add anything extra into the mix—aside from water while you’re rinsing off at the end anyway! If you’re not sure how often to bathe your dirty doggo, check with a groomer or your vet. Usually, once a month is sufficient for most dogs.
What You’ll Need
Before you turn on the faucet, make sure to gather all your products and tools right where you can reach them. This way, you won’t have to leave your pup unattended and risk having any accidents that might cause them some discomfort or harm. If they’re a big dog, it’s best to do this on the floor outside (with more room for movement)! Also, be sure to pick out shampoo and conditioner specifically made for dogs, and towels.
Pick the Appropriate Dog Grooming Products
To give your dog a good bath, you’ll want to have the right products. Make sure you use a shampoo that is made for your dog’s coat type. If they have longer hair, it’s best to get a moisturizing shampoo since this helps with tangles and matting while also giving them some extra shine! For short-haired breeds, go for something more drying, like medicated or tearless.
If the product doesn’t specify what kind of coat you should be washing (wet or dry), always assume wet unless otherwise specified on the bottle itself. This will ensure you don’t do damage to one coat type by mistake when trying to help both at once.
If you have a puppy, using a puppy-specific shampoo can be a good idea. Puppies have many different stages their coats go through until they’re fully mature, and puppy-specific shampoo can help with that. If you’re unsure of what products to buy, ask your groomer what they use or recommend for your particular dog.
How to Bathe a Dog? – The Process
- Once you’ve determined your wash station, get your treats ready. Treats are an excellent way to get the process off to a happy start!
- Mix the shampoo with water. Diluting the shampoo helps it suds up and spread easier. Most shampoos are thick and concentrated, and adding water can make them easier to apply on your dog’s coat.
- Rinse your dog with warm water.
- Shampoo your dog twice. The first shampoo gets rid of the dirt. The second shampoo is for the skin and pulls out all the hair’s remaining grime and oil. Consider using a loofah sponge to help spread the shampoo better. Be sure not to forget places like the pads of the feet, armpits, and belly. Above all, make it a pleasant, fun experience.
- Apply conditioner. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse away.
- You want to scrub your dog well to make sure that all of the soap is out. Rinse thoroughly until the fur is product-free. If you don’t get all the soap out, it will stay on the skin and irritate it.
Washing Your Dog’s Face
Washing your dog’s head is one of the trickiest parts of the process. Be careful not to get water in their ears, nose, and eyes when washing them. Dip a piece of cloth in soapy water, carefully rub it on your dog’s head and face, and then dip another washcloth into soap-free water and use that to rinse it off.
Even if you’re using a shampoo that’s designed to be easier on the eyes, don’t risk it; avoid the eye area as much as possible. If the shampoo does get in your dog’s eyes, always have an eyewash within reach. If your dog has eye boogers, consider dampening them and then removing them softly and carefully using a toothbrush.
Bathing a Dog That Doesn’t Like Water
Some dog breeds love water; some dogs don’t. In fact, many dogs shake at just the sound of the faucet running. Try giving your dog lots of positive reinforcement before, during, and after the bath to overcome this. Praise is good; treats work! It’s also helpful to have a partner handle the dog while you’re giving the bath. And, if possible, familiarize your dog with baths early on to help him get used to bath time.
Post Bath Tips
Once you’ve rinsed off all the soap, towel-dry your dog as best you can. Then, use a hairdryer (human or either dog-specific) in a medium or cool setting. Brush your dog as he dries. You could also air-dry your dog, as long as he doesn’t shiver too much.
If you’re air-drying your dog, “Every 10 or 15 minutes, brush him as he’s drying. That’ll help prevent mats or help get rid of mats if he has them.
Reward your dog for a successful bath time. Praise him for looking and smelling fresh. Take your dog out to the park or give him a new chew toy. Finally, consider bathing your dog monthly. Dogs have natural oils in their coats that help them stay shiny and healthy-looking, so many dogs do not need baths more than every month or two. But if you think he could use a bath sooner, don’t be afraid to bathe him more often!