If you’re a dog parent you know how difficult it can be to bath your dog at home. If this sounds familiar to you, keep reading! The key to making bath time easy is training. You’ll basically be training your dog to like taking a bath. Here are some tips to make bathing your dog a breeze:
Brush Before & After
Brush your dog’s fur before their bath to remove tangles, which become worse when wet. Brushing after a bath will also prevent tangles after drying.
Gather What You Need
Make sure you have everything you’ll need for the bath before you get started, that way you won’t have to leave your dog unattended in the bath. Some things you’ll need are:
- Brush & Comb
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Non-slip Bath Mat
- Cotton Balls
- Ear Cleaner
Soak With Water First
Before you get out the shampoo, thoroughly wet with dog’s body to prep them to be cleaned. After, pour shampoo/conditioner along their back, avoiding their head and face. Massage all over their body and then rinse.
Use Cotton Balls In Their Ears
Placing cotton balls in your dogs ears will prevent water, shampoo and conditioner from getting in and causing ear infections.
Give Praise & Treats
Most dogs don’t like getting bathed, so using treats as positive reinforcement is a great way train them to like bathing. Whenever they do what you ask, or don’t act out against the bath, immediately praise them and give them a treat. You will have to repeat this process during every bath in order to see results in your dog. Essentially you want your dog to associate taking a bath with getting treats.
Make sure to dry your dog well enough using towels and, if necessary, a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting and cool.
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Written by Vincent M.