How to Bathe a Dog

How to bathe a dog?

  1. Brush your dog’s coat before you wet it. Otherwise, mats will set in his hair.
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  2. Clean the ears first, and do an optional sanitary shave or touch up work before bathing.
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  3. Trimming toenails is best before the bath because if you cut them too short and they bleed, the warm water will help stop the bleeding.
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  4. Work from the neck down, protecting his ears. It’s important to avoid getting water in your dog’s ears during bathing. If he will let you, put cotton balls in his ears in case water splashes inside.
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  5. Use a bucket, cup, or sprayer to rinse each section as you shampoo your dog.
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  6. Use a damp washcloth on your dog’s face.

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How often should I bathe my dog?
There is no set schedule for bathing your dog. Simply bathe him when he needs it. Chlorine in tap water dries out your dog’s coat, leaving it frizzy, dry, and flaky.

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How do I keep my dog safe in the tub?
Lay a towel in the bottom of the tub to keep your dog from slipping. If your dog is afraid or nervous, you might need a helper the first couple of times until he realizes a bath is not a bad thing.

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What kind of shampoo should I use?
Although a lot of the pet stores sell shampoo that smells great, it's important to buy a professional grade shampoo to keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. Professional pet leave-in conditioner is also a huge perk if you want a supple, shimmery coat.
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