It's that time of the week where you're like, "I really need to give my dog a bath". Not all dogs are the same - some love bath time and treat it as playtime with their favorite human, while other dogs absolutely hate it. So, we've made a list of a few things you can do to make life easier for both you and your fur baby, so that the bathing experience is as enjoyable as possible:
Step 1: Choosing the Right Location
Normally a bathtub is the most convenient, however if you have a tiny dog it may be easier for you to simply use a large bowl or sink. Make sure your sink has something to catch your dog hair so that it does not clog the pipes.
Step 2: Brush Your Dog's Hair
Doing this step first will make it a lot easier for you to remove any tangles than when your dog's hair is wet. Also, lots of dogs love being brushed, which can prep them & relax them prior to their bath.
Step 3: Dress + Safety
It's going to get messy, so wear something that you don't mind getting wet and dirty. As a safety precaution, a non-slip mat in the bathtub or outside would help prevent either one of you from slipping.
Step 4: Water
No one likes a cold bath, including your dog, so make sure you run some warm water into the tub or sink. Make sure to test the water out before you lift your dog into it to ensure that it is not too hot either. The sound of running tap water may frighten some dogs, so it is a good idea to pre-fill the bath before your put your dog in. The depth of the water will depend on the size of each dog, but don't make it too deep as it could cause them to panic.
Step 5: Bath & Rinse
After gently placing your dog into the bath, use a container of some sort to scoop up water and pour over your dog. You can use the showerhead if your dog is not afraid of it. Rub pet shampoo onto your hands to lather it up before applying it on your dog. Then, gently massage the shampoo into your dog's fur with your hands. Try to avoid getting any soap into their eyes or ears. Finally, rinse shampoo off thoroughly with warm water.
Step 6: Finale
Lift your dog out of the bath. Please be careful as the floor around you may be wet. Using a warm towel, dry off your dog's coat. You can opt to use the hair dryer if it does not scare your dog. Lastly, give your dog a final brush and a treat for being good <3