The Right Approach: 3 Dos and Don’ts of Bathing Your Dog

If your dog spends time outside, then you should know how to give it a bath. Of course, a dog washer can do it for you, but you might end up spending a lot of money over a short period of time. When you wash your dog yourself, you save a bunch of money.

But before you take on the challenging job of washing your puppy, it is important to know what to do and what not to do. These are a few tips that will help you preserve your sanity and keep your dog from becoming upset, too.

  1. Do Find a Happy Medium

You might plan to give your dog a bath. But if your dog isn’t having it, then you might consider waiting for a better time. It is also important not to overdo the baths as your dog’s skin and coat might dry out. Just like humans, dogs have natural oils that protect their skin, and if you give your dog too many baths, your dog’s skin might suffer. Instead of full-on showers and baths after every outdoor excursion, try quick, spot cleaning instead.

      2. Don’t Use a Tub

Putting your dog in a tub of water is not the best technique. You can put your dog in a tub, but don’t fill it with water. Use the shower-head instead. The problem with tubs of water is that the soap and shampoo will stick to your dog, which can irritate its skin.

     3. Do Prepare Yourself for a Physical Event

Bathing your dog might not be easy. Some dogs love it, but many don’t, and they will put up a fight. Be ready to get physical, and don’t wear your favorite clothes while you bathe your puppy. Many people will brush their dog’s teeth during the bathing process. Your dog will like the process more if the water is lukewarm, rather than too hot or too cold.

     4. Don’t Use Human Bathing Products

Dog’s coats and skin are not the same as human hair and skin. Do not use your favorite shampoo on your dog. Instead, buy veterinarian-approved products designed specifically for dogs. You should be able to find products online and at your favorite local pet supply shop.

     5. Do Watch Your Dog’s Skin

After you’ve washed your dog, keep your eyes on its skin. Dog’s skin can dry out with too many baths. So, you should watch for flakes, like dandruff. If you notice that your dog’s skin is becoming dry and flaky, contact your veterinarian for treatment. You can help keep your dog’s skin normal by letting your dog dry naturally rather than using a human hair drier.

     6. Don’t Neglect Your Dog’s Ears

Because water can get lodged in your dog’s ears, you should put a cotton ball at the entrance. Do this before you begin the bath. Some dog owners also put mineral oil near their dog’s eyes, too. Your dog should be more relaxed if you can keep water out of your dog’s ears and eyes.



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