Giving a dog bath is both essential and an adventure. Bathing a dog too often and risk drying out their skin possibly causing some more serious skin and health problems. About every six weeks is about right on giving your dog a bath and then only if they are starting to get that dog smell or like our puppy who likes to roll in the mud. Brushing and combing frequently between baths will keep your dog clean and smelling fresh.
Dog Bath, How to
Get together the following and have these items within reach when you begin bathing dogs. You will need a couple of towels, three works for us as we have large breeds and the newer super absorbent towels work real well to get that initial water off of the dog. You will also need a wash cloth, dog shampoo of your choice, conditioner if you need it, dog brush and comb. Lay a towel down on the floor if you are giving the dog bath in the tub or if you are outside you will not need it. You are going to get wet so wear old clothes.
You can do your dog bathing in the tub if you use a rubber, non-slip mat for stability and the hand held shower head. If it is warm outside you can bath your dog outdoors with either a tin tub or just out in the yard. Some dogs get nervous in the tub so you should have some help when attempting this. If you do bath outside be aware that as soon as you let them loose they will look for a place to roll around and it may be in the dirt. They might not like the bath but they love the feeling after. If it is a hot day run the water out of the hose first as it sits in the sun and gets hot.
Brush or comb out the coat prior to bathing dogs. Remove any tangles from long haired breeds as these will be harder to get out when the dog is wet. The mats will turn into solid masses that will need to be clipped out at that time. If the tangles are too much you can soak them in a little mineral oil for 24 hours prior to the bathing. A nylon collar will help keep hold of the dog during the bath process.
Start the dog bath by washing your dog’s face with a wash cloth. Try to keep water out of the dog’s ears and certainly keep the soap out of the eyes. Some groomers recommend putting cotton balls in the ear canal before the bath but make sure the cotton balls are large so they do not slip down the ear canal. Use a good dog shampoo made especially for the type of coat your dog has. Do not use human shampoo although no tears baby shampoo is ok when used infrequently.
Lather up and wash your dog then thoroughly rinse. Make sure you get all of the shampoo off or your dog’s skin will likely get irritated making them scratch. Keep the shampoo away from eyes and ears. If using a conditioner now is the time. Some conditioners are the leave in kind otherwise again make sure you rinse well.
Dry your dog thoroughly rubbing with a towel after the dog bath. This is where the real challenge is because he does not want to lay still at this point. Keep the dog out of drafts or cool air until they are thoroughly dry. Another brush after they dry will help keep the shedding down.
A dog bath can be a lot of fun and it’s great to see how good they feel afterward. Do not bath too often, use a good non sulfate shampoo especially made for dogs and brush or comb before and after the bath.