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Bathing your Dog - some practical suggestions

You will usually know when your dog is ready for a bath, he will appear dirty, have a bad odour, is scratching or showing signs of flea infestation. Many owners believe bathing a dog is bad for the skin; however if you use a gentle baby shampoo or shampoo specifically for dogs, you may bath a dog as often as you like.
Bathing a dog doesn't have to mean you and your bathroom will get soaked, using some ,necessary equipment can help.
It is often a good idea to exercise your dog before you attempt to bath him, this can make him calmer and much more cooperative.
Firstly if your dog is matted you should brush out the tangles before bathing as, once wet, these tangles can clump together like a thick felt and become impossible to comb out or pull apart.
On warm days you can bath your dog outside but if you use your bathtub It helps to place a rubber mat in the tub to help prevent slipping and to keep better control.

Shampooing your dog:-

  • Start by filling the bath to about knee level, use a spray nozzle or jug to apply the water.
  • Use warm water only, thoroughly wet your dog including his tail and his belly area and avoid spraying or pouring water directly on his face, in his eyes or ears.
  • When your dog is thoroughly wet starting at the base of the tail apply the dog shampoo along the back area in a line from the base of the tail to the middle of the neck area.
  • Lather-up, using more water when necessary, while massaging gently into your dog's skin.
  • Pour a little more shampoo into your hands and lather up his belly, his tail area and in between his toes and paw pads.
  • Avoid getting shampoo on your dog’s face, try wiping this area with a damp cloth or sponge.

Rinsing your dog

  • Rinsing and removing all the shampoo is very important. If all the shampoo is not removed, this can cause flaky skin and itching for your dog
  • You may want to use a conditioner during rinsing, these can help avoid matting and tangling especially in dogs with long coats.(always read the instruction a where necessary rinse thoroughly)
  • It is best to drain the bathtub before starting rinsing with lukewarm water.
  • Keep rinsing until the water runs clear making sure that no dirt or soap residue remains

Drying your dog

  • Begin drying by gently squeezing excess water out of your dog’s coat.
  • Using a towel start by blotting your dog’s coat, if your dog has a long coat rub gently with dry towels, this avoids tangling or matting
  • If you choose to use a blow dryer make sure it is the low or warm setting and do not use it too close to the dog’s skin.
  • Using a soft brush gently brush your dog’s coat while using the dryer

David Bates - -



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