Battle Of Baths: 5 Easy Steps To Follow To Give Your Dog The Best Bath

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Bathing your dog is an important aspect of pet care, but for many pet owners it can be a battle of human against dog. In the end, you’re doused in more water than the dog and still need to give him that bath. It doesn’t have to be such a struggle for either of you.

With these simple tips, you can get a sweet smelling and clean dog without all the hassle.

1. Begin the Bathing When the Dog Is Very Young

The best scenario is to begin the bathing process when the dog is very young. Making this an early routine will teach the puppy that it’s a normal process which can also be fun and a bonding experience for you. You can teach your dog early on how fun it is by associating a treat with the process. When the puppy or adult dog enters the tub, give a treat and some verbal praise; when working through the shampoo, rinsing and drying, remember to reward your pet for his cooperation.

2. Be Fully Prepared Ahead of  Time

Make the whole routine easier by being fully prepared ahead of time. Have all your necessities close at hand – a brush and comb, nail clippers, cotton balls to clean and dry his ears, toothbrush and toothpaste for oral hygiene, shampoo, crème rinse for the long-haired dog and towels.[mnright]

You don’t want to begin the bathing process only to find you’re missing a necessity and leave your dog unsupervised which can cause him stress.

3. Brush Out His Coat

Do the pre-bath steps such as brushing out his coat, especially if you have a dog with long hair since mats must be combed out prior to a bath.

Clip the nails and brush the teeth as well.

4. Wet Your Dog In Warm Water

Thoroughly wet your dog in warm water, shampoo and rinse well. If you have a dog with longer fur, apply the crème rinse, massage into the coat and rinse.

5. Dry Your Dog Well With the Towels

In some instances, you may want to use a blow dryer on a low setting. Follow with drying and cleaning out the ears with the cotton balls to avoid retained moisture and ear infections.

Bathing your dog can be a special time for you and your pet as long as you’re well prepared and remain calm. Dogs sense your emotions so remember to be patient with a fun attitude and you’ll see how willing he’ll be.

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