your Dog - some practical suggestions
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
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
Keep rinsing until the water runs clear making sure that no dirt or
soap residue remains
Begin drying by gently squeezing excess water out of your dog’s
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
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
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