If you have a dog, you may be used to them rolling around in the grass, digging holes in the ground, going for a run in the forest—and returning home all dirty! It's times like these when you'll want to give your dog a bath! Here are some tips on dog grooming!
Brushing is essential
To start off with, it's important to brush your dog reguarly to remove dead hair, detangle knots, and remove dirt. We also suggest that you brush your dog well before giving your dog a bath.
Washing and grooming your dog properly
Start by putting a cotton ball in your dog's ears to protect them. As their ears are very sensitive, getting water in them would not be very pleasant for your canine friend.
Set the water to warm and put a non-slip mat at the bottom of the bathtub. This is very helpful because without it your dog can easily slip in the tub and hurt themselves.
After, you can start to run water over all the hairs. You can then use shampoo specifically designed for dogs to wash them. It's important to only use shampoo for dogs. You should never use baby shampoo or regular shampoo on your dog because their skin is much more sensitive than ours. You can find these dog shampoos at a vet clinic, at pet stores, or online.
It's also important to be careful not to use too much shampoo as it could damage the water-repellent film on your pet's fur. This helps to make your dog dry themselves quickly. In addition, remember to rub it in well on the paws. This is where dirt often accumulates.
Rinse your dog well. Take your time to rinse and thoroughly get rid of the shampoo.
After you're done washing your dog, dry them with a warm towel and a hair dryer. Make sure, however, that the air coming out of the hair dryer is not too hot or strong.
If it's your pet's first time taking a bath, don't rush. Let them get used to the water and the environment. Don't hesitate to talk to them and give them a reward if they behave well.
You can also choose to wash your dog with a wet glove. This works just as well and is more practical if your pet gets frightened easily.
How often should I wash my dog?
When it comes to how often you should wash your dog, it's important to remember that your dog's skin is very sensitive and their hair is covered with a water repellent layer that makes their coat waterproof. This water repellent layer takes almost three weeks to completely reform, so we suggest that you wash your dog no more than once a month. If you do it more often, your dog could develop sensitivities in their skin that will be weakened and dried out. So, if your dog has just a little bit of dirt, a simple rinse will be more than enough. You don't need to shampoo your dog every time.
Do you have any tips for washing dogs? Share them in the comments!