Dog Grooming 101: Dog Washing How To

Some dog breeds are more prone to carry around a special funk. In other cases, the dog explores the outdoors and gets into muddy trouble then tracks the mud inside onto the beautiful wooden floors. Bathing and dog grooming not only reduces dog odor and dirt, but it helps play an important role in keeping your dog healthy. Proper dog grooming keeps your dog’s coat and skin clean, free of dirt, and parasite free. A good sniff of a dog’s coat can let their owner know when it’s time for an old-fashioned wash down or grooming session. How often to wash your dog will depend on your dog’s coat and amount of time spent outdoors in nature. Ultimately, your dog will not need a bath more than once a week.

1. Brush your dog before you begin the bath.

Before beginning your bath, brush your dog’s coat in order to remove the majority of loose fur. Any fur that gets wet is slick on the skin. This can make it difficult to comb out all the mats and loose fur. To prevent irritation, put a cotton ball in each of your dog’s ears to keep the water out.


2. Use lukewarm water to rinse your dog.

Dog skin is sensitive to hot water, and dogs dislike cold water in general. Instead, offer your dog a lukewarm bath similar at the temperature you might set for a baby.


3. Begin using the dog shampoo.

Gently lather and massage the shampoo over the dog’s body, but avoid their eyes. Be sure to use dog shampoo. Human shampoo can dry a dog’s skin and cause excessive itching.


4. Rinse and repeat.

For best results, a double shampoo at bath time can leave your dog with a fresh scent, a soft coat, and silky fur.


5. Air dry your dog.

After towel drying your dog fur allow it time to air dry. Lower blow dryer temperatures can also be used, but hot air can be too hot for a dog’s skin causing itching.

By rewarding your dog after the bath and remaining calm and patient during the process, you can teach your dog to expect bath time to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience with their owner.

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