Time for a bath


Routine bathing helps your dog stay happy and healthier.


The sun is out, gardens are blooming, it’s Spring, and everyone in the family loves to go out and play. Dogs are no different than every other family member and let’s face it, dogs get dirty playing in the grass, digging in the dirt or even walking after a Spring or Summer rain.

We all have lots of things to do, work, family, commitments and sometimes the task least favorite is the one we put off. But providing regular baths to your dog(s), not only gets them clean and smelling great, but routine bathing helps their health.  

Imagine, dog hair is like a trap. It traps dirt, bacteria, dander, allergens, and dust mites to name a few. It also contains pollens for the environment. Routine bathing helps your dog by removing these things from their coat.

Fur traps direct, bacteria, dander, allergens, dust mites, just to name a few. Routine bathing helps your dog stay happy and healthier.

Tool Kit

Find a container to hold your tools, a plastic shoe container works well, and no worries if it gets wet. After the bath, just store your container for next time. We find it saves time next time your dog needs a bath.

Supplies

  • water proof brush
  • scissors with safety ends
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • Waffle Cotton Pads
  • plastic cup or pitcher
  • small dog towel or robe
  • two full size towels or one doggy shammy
  • nonslip bath mat
  • hairdryer

 

Before Bath

Brush

Brush your dog with a dry rubber waterproof brush, not only does it relax them, it removes loose hair very well. Reduces the amount of hair that could possible get caught in your drain.

Remove Mats

We use the scissors with saftey ends to remove any mats we missed in weekly brushing. Bathing them with mats, only makes the situation worse.
 

Bath Time

Prepare Bath

Lay down a nonslip mat, or even a towel, warm up the water. Using a flexible shower head or a sink head, if your dog is small, get their fur throughtly wet. Add some dog specific shampoo and have your Tool Kit handy and ready to go.

Bath Time

Wet your dog throughly. Add a little shampoo to your hands and work into the coat. Then use the same waterproof brush used to brush them, and massage the shampoo into the coat. This stimulates the coat, deep cleans and removes any dead skin particles. Most dogs enjoy the “massage” and it helps them to relax and enjoy the bathing process.

Avoid getting water in dogs eyes and ears. To clean these areas use the waffled cotton pad or a baby wash cloth. Use plain water or tearless shampoo to gently clean around the nose and eyes. We do this almost daily during the springtime, especially for dogs that have seasonal allergies and runny eyes caused by the environment.
 

Rinse & Drying the Coat

Now the dog is clean, it’s time to rinse. We drain the tub and poor clean warm water over our dog until there is no trace of soap. We use a doggy shammy and the main reason is it soaks up a lot of water quickly, or you can use a few old bath towels. We start on the head and move down to the tail.  
 

If its too cold, dry them off with a hair dryer, on low warm temp, and keep moving and avoid getting the dryer too close to their skin. Some dogs love it, others don't like the sound of the dryer. Dogs who don't like the sound, you can lay a towel in their bed, to dry up the last of the moisture in their coat. Or, on small ones, we put them in a robe, made just for his size. It soaks up remaining water quickly and keeps them warm while drying.

After I have removed most of the water, I let them “shake it off”. Our dogs swim almost every day in the summer, so they “shake” on command, but we have never met a dog that didn’t like a good shake.  

Bath time can be fun, relaxing and help your dog stay in good health, which will make you both very happy.

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