The first time I gave Lilly a bath she hated it, she held on to the walls in doorway of bathroom, and hated every moment of her bath. Nowadays, she actually stays in the bath without any struggling. I know she doesn’t like to get baths, but I want her to smell good and to get all that dirt and bacteria washed away. Below are some tips about bathing your dog.
Tips Bathing Dogs
I know when I first got Lilly I asked this question all the time, How often should I bathe my dog? Depending on the environment they live in, and the dogs coat, will determine how often you need to bath your dog.
- If your dog has short hair they will do okay with less frequent baths.
- Dogs that have oily fur( like Lilly, her hair seems to be like mine, two days after her shower it gets oily again, )if your dog has oily fur, try every week to every other week.
- Dogs with thick fur or double coats, for example huskies or malamutes, need fewer baths. They need a lot of brushing to get rid of loose dead hair, and it helps with natural oils that keep your dogs skin looking good.
- Brush First – Get all those dead hairs off your dog, and matted hair which can hold water, don’t forget to put cotton balls in your dog ears so no water gets in them.
- Lukewarm Water – Dogs skin is different from us humans, hot water can burn your dogs skin. Remember if you wouldn’t use the water on a small child , probably shouldn’t use it on your dog, If you have a bigger dog, hot water can easily overheat them, so make it even cooler.
- Use Inside Voice – Keep your voice at a soft tone, your dog will realize your not hurting them and they won’t think it is such a bad thing.
- No Human Shampoos – Some dog owners make the mistake of using human shampoos on dogs, but human shampoos have different PH levels that could cause your dog to have more problems. Dog shampoos help dogs with dry skin, so make sure you stick to the doggie shampoos, lather the shampoo, and massage into the dogs skin.
- Rinse- Make sure to rinse all the soap off, leaving soap on your dogs fur can lead to skin irritation once it drys.
- Towels – When you are ready to get your dog out of the water, lay a towel down so he/she doesn’t slip everywhere.
- Air Drying- Don’t try that hair dryer, it’s way too hot and will burn your pooch’s skin. Let your dog dry naturally or use a blow dryer designed for a dog.
- Reward- Dogs learn from rewards, so after their bath give them a treat, and tell them they have been a good dog.
Some dogs are very difficult to bath, but hang in there and be consistent on giving them their baths. Dogs learn from being consistent, and of course the reward at the end.