Bathing your dog - How to Bath Dogs

There are always different reasons to bathe a dog; perhaps you have a dog that loves rolling around in the mud, or you have to get rid of some parasite on his coat etc. Whatever the reason, it's important to learn how to do this. Make sure to consult with your veterinarian about a special shampoo that goes according to the need of your breed, and make sure to rinse the dog off really well after bathing as not rinsing well can cause irritation to a dog's skin. Follow these steps to bathe your dog:

  • Have all the things your will be needing to bathe your dog at hand (towel, shampoo, brush, anti slip mat etc)
  • Place your dog inside that bathtub, (or bucket), and hold on to his collar during bath time to keep hold of him so that he does not try to get away. Dogs do not like getting water in their ears (and it is dangerous because it can cause infection), so to avoid this from happening you should put some cotton balls in your dog's ears. Use warm water and pour it over his coat.
  • While you are holding on to your dog's collar, use the other hand to shampoo and massage the dog's coat contrary the direction of his hair. Doing this will remove all the unwanted hair and dead skin. Don't shampoo the dog's head though. If your dog seems uneasy about taking a bath, talk to him and calm him down.
  • After you have finished shampooing your dog's coat, start shampooing your dog's head with both hands. Massage the dog's head softly. You will not need to hold on to his collar when doing this. Make sure though, to be very careful not to get any soap or shampoo in your dog's eyes (or mouth) as it can cause a bad irritation.
  • Rinse and dry your dog's head well before rinsing the rest of the dog's body off. It's most likely that he will shake his head if it is wet and by doing this you will avoid getting soaked. Be very careful while rinsing the area around your dog's eyes. And make sure to always encourage your dog while you are bathing him.
  • Rinse the rest of the dog's body with fresh warm water. And make sure to rinse the dog off really well; do not stop rinsing until you can no longer see any suds. Rub downward on your dog's coat to eliminate all the excess water.
  • When you have finished getting most of the water off your dog, dry him with a towel and wrap him in another clean towel. Take the cotton balls out of his ears and very carefully dry the insides. Remember also to dry underneath the dog's collar.
  • Rub your dog with the towel to dry him, or if your dog has healthy skin you could also use a hair dryer. Make sure though to always use the hair dryer at the lowest setting, not hot! If your dog is uncomfortable with the sound, try to comfort him. But if your dog has a skin problem don't use a hair dryer as it can aggravate it. Clipping your dog's nails

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