Dog Grooming: How to Give a Dog a Bath

One of the best grooming habits to get into with your pet dog is giving them a regular bath. How often you should give your dog a bath really comes down to its level of activity, if it goes outdoors often, if it stays on furniture or beds, and if anyone in the home is living with dog allergies. It’s been noted that regularly bathing a dog is one of several ways to combat dog allergies. These can also help to reduce dog skin allergies, preventing rashes and other conditions from happening to your dog. Use this information here as a general guide in dog grooming by giving your dog a bath. Check with your veterinarian if there are any special conditions your dog has that may need to be addressed when giving your dog a bath. Also, prior to your dog’s first bath, consider training them to be comfortable with the area you will bathe them. Bring your dog to the area and feed it meals or treats there so that it will see the area as a positive place.

Before your dog’s first bath time, make sure to groom, brush and comb its coat to remove dirt, hair clumps and mats which will interfere with the washing process. Bring your dog to the bathing area and consider using a leash and special gloves on your hands to prevent biting or scratching. You should then test the water temperature before you soak your dog thoroughly. Larger dogs are best to wash outdoors if the weather is suitable, or in the shower/bathtub. If your dog is smaller consider bathing them in either the bathtub or sink. Consider the bathtub if safety might be a risk due to your dog getting nervous or anxious and falling out. A third option is to take your dog with you directly into the shower as weird as that may sound. Either way when washing your dog consider using a bucket in addition to a spray hose (from the sink, shower or outdoors garden hose), in order to completely soak your dog’s hair down. If using an outdoor garden hose make sure to use a lower pressure setting when hosing your dog down.

Use a shampoo specifically designed for dogs. Dog shampoos use a different pH level than shampoos designed for humans, and also come in varieties that are tear-free. If your dog has any sorts of skin conditions or dog allergies, you’ll want to check with a veterinarian before choosing the right shampoo for your pet. When using the shampoo consider using a squeeze type bottle and diluting it with water before administering it onto your dog. Take care not to get the shampoo in your dog’s eyes or ears while doing this. Use a cloth to wash your dogs face area gently and use cotton balls to avoid soap or shampoo getting into their ears.

Once the dog’s been thoroughly washed with shampoo or soap, rinse them off entirely using warm, tolerable water. Next use a large towel to towel dry your dog off. You can also use a blow-dryer on a low temp setting to dry your dog completely. Take care not to use a hot setting on the blow dryer that might burn your dog’s skin.

Whether you have one of the hypoallergenic types of dogs or a larger breed with longer hair and more fur, a regular wash will be one of the best ways to care for your dog. Bathe your dog consistently to help keep your dog healthy, clean and free of harmful pests like ticks, fleas and other bugs.  You can also apply Frontline Plus Flea and Tick control for dogs about 48 hours after you’ve bathed your dog to further protect it from fleas and ticks.  With regular baths and this special product, you can keep your dog healthy and happy!

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