Giving a dog a bath, especially a large dog, can seem like a gargantuan task. Small dogs can be bathed in sinks and small plastic tubs, but large dogs may not like the slippery feel of the bathtub or the exposure of an outdoor scrub down.
Big or small, once your dog has had a bad bath experience, it can be difficult to lead them to water again.
Bath time should be fun — and fast — so make sure you have everything you need before you start. Before you begin, brush your dog’s coat thoroughly to remove excess hair and work out mats. Protect your dog’s ears by putting a piece of cotton in each canal, and protect their eyes by asking your veterinarian for an ointment to keep the suds out.
If you’re giving the bath in a tub, put a towel down to provide a nonslip surface, and stuff a steel wool pad in the drain to catch the dog hair.
Use a leash to walk your dog to the bath. Fill the tub or sink with a few inches of warm water before adding your dog. If you are bathing your dog outside, run the hose for a minute before using it on your dog to empty any sun-heated water that might have accumulated in the hose.
Use only dog shampoo. Human shampoos, even baby shampoos, don’t have the right pH balance for your dog’s coat.Then bathe the back, legs, stomach and tail, finishing with the top of the head and the muzzle. All the while, talk sweetly to your dog.
After you rinse thoroughly, drape a towel over the back of your dog like a horse blanket and use another towel to dry his face. Drying his face first will reduce the all over body shake, since the shake starts at the head and reverberates down the body. You also can gently hold his muzzle to prevent him from shaking until you can get far enough away from the splash zone.
Towel dry your dog or use a hair dryer if your dog will permit it. They also make special floor dryers that you can put in front of a kennel until your dog is dry.
Dogs usually don’t like smelling clean, so they will likely race around the house or yard trying to rub awful smells onto their bodies. This is the best time to offer them a long-lasting chew toy.
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