When you’re bathing your dog at home, you should first consider where you’re going to be doing this. Larger dogs may find it easy to hop in the bathtub where you can make use of the shower head and waterproof tiles while smaller dogs may be more suited to a sink where you can use something gentler like a jug or cup to pour water over them.
It all depends on their comfort levels and what the easiest option is for you, especially when it comes to the clean-up.
Brush Your Pup Before Their Wash
All pups will need a brush
before being bathed. Brushing their coat before washing them will remove some amount of dirt so you don’t have to tackle it all in the bath, but it will more importantly untangle their coat.
When you wash a dog with any knotted fur, this can quickly become thicker and harder to get out. Knotted fur can turn into matting and if fur is already matted before you wash your pup then the water will make them tighter and harder to remove. When matted fur becomes tight it can pull at their skin so make sure all mats and tangles are removed before the bath.
Check The Temperature
When bathing your pooch, the temperate shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. We might enjoy a nice hot shower, but we can always turn it down while our dogs have no way of telling us it’s too hot.
Cold water can cause their immune system to lower through prolonged exposure which could result in their getting sick
. Warm water, comfortable enough for you to hold against your skin should be used.
Massage the Dog Shampoo Into their Coats
Lathering the shampoo into your pup’s coat is one of the most important steps in bathing them. The lather loosens and removes all of the dirt from their coat so once they’re wet, spend a good few minutes making sure to massage it into the coat everywhere.
Even for dogs who don’t love a bath, this part is usually quite enjoyable. Not only are they going to be clean after, but they get a free massage with their bath to loosen any sore muscles!
Make Sure To Fluffy Dry Their Coat
Drying their coat after a bath with a highly absorbent towel
will help to get most of the moisture out to help them dry off quicker. Some dogs will quite enjoy being blow dried on one of the cooler settings and you can use this to really dry from the tip of their coat right down to the skin and fluff up their fur at the same time.
Drying your pup after a bath instead of letting them dry naturally will help to avoid that wet dog smell from lingering or soaking into any soft furnishings they might lie on while they’re wet.