How to Properly Bathe Your Dog: Everything You Need To Know

How to Properly Bathe Your Dog: Everything You Need To Know

Bathing your dog regularly does more than just keeping its coat clean; it also helps in keeping your pet healthy and parasite-free. In addition, baths help remove visible dirt that your pet has accumulated during your walks.

So, if you own a dog or are considering getting one, you must understand the importance of grooming and bathing care. Bathing and grooming will not only keep your pets clean and healthy but as well as your home. Aside from that, bathing is an additional benefit of making your pet more pleasant to be around.

While bathing your pet is necessary, not all dogs require bathing at the same frequency. Breed, fur, and environment are among the factors that influence the appropriate interval between baths. 

Make every bath stress-free by using these handy tips in keeping your pet clean and healthy.

How Frequently Should I Bathe My Dog?

The frequency with which your dog should be bathed varies according to breed. For instance, dogs with longer coats may necessitate frequent baths or even visits to a professional groomer. Furthermore, dogs with skin problems may require a different bathing schedule. 

Aside from that, if your dog spent his or her walk splashing in mud puddles or has an unpleasant odour, you may need to give it a quick bath. Also, dogs who swim frequently may require less bathing requirement because the activity functions similarly to a bath.

However, you should keep in mind that giving a bath once a month is necessary to keep dander at bay. That’s because our dogs will have a new layer of cells every thirty (30) days. 

But, if you're still unsure about how often your dog should be bathed, talk to a groomer or a veterinarian. Once you've determined how many baths your pet requires, gather all your required bathing equipment and the location.

Where Should I Bathe My Dog?

As a starting point, we must consider the size of our pet. This way, we will be able to determine the space we need. For instance, a small dog may be able to fit in a kitchen sink, whereas a large dog will require more space. 

Some fur parents prefer a bathtub designed specifically for dogs. It can be a standalone unit, a part of a home, or a do-it-yourself dog bath area. Also, making a separate area for your dog can help keep fur and grime out of your family's bathtub. 

You can bathe your dog in your bathtub or wherever is most comfortable and convenient for you. It is entirely up to you to choose a desirable location.

Dog Bathing Equipment 

Before you start the water, make sure you have all of your products and tools ready. It will be easier to complete the task if your bathing equipment is complete and readily available. Aside from that, if you leave your dog looking for its conditioner, you will most likely chase it around the house when you return.

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towels (bring an extra towel where your pet can stand on after the bath)
  • Non-slip bath mat
  • Eyewash (just in case you might need it)

Also, get a set of combs and brushes according to your pet’s coat type.

What Type of Shampoo Should  I Use for my Dog?

Choose a shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Our canine pal's skin pH differs from that of humans. So, if you're going to bathe them with a human-specific shampoo, it's possible that it will irritate their skin.

Also, when bathing a puppy, use a shampoo appropriate for the age of your pet. Therefore, to avoid any complications, choose a mild and hypoallergenic shampoo.

However, if you suspect your dog has other skin problems, you should consult with your dog's veterinarian. Speak with your local groomer to ensure that your pet receives the best and highest-quality products. 

How to Prepare Your Dog for a Bath? 

Bath time should be enjoyable for your pet, or at the very least tolerable. So, before you turn on the water, make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible. Then, take your time so that your pet will associate the experience positively.

Regardless of how well prepared we are or how patiently we give our fur baby the time it requires. But, let's face it, most dogs despise bath time. However, there may be an effective way to prepare your pet for bath time that does not cause discomfort.

That’s why you should check out the following necessary steps in preparing your furry friend for its bath time.

Steps to Bathing Your Dog 

The real fun begins once we’re done with looking for the right location and gathered all the right products. But, first, you should also prepare yourself by wearing comfortable and casual clothing.

Step 1: Brush your dog’s coat

Before you run the water, first, brush your pet's coat to remove any matted fur. Mats likely trap moisture irritating your dog's skin. However, if you are unable to remove the mats yourself, you should take your dog to a professional groomer.

Step 2: Speak calmly and reassuringly to your pet

Your pet is already in panic mode. So the least you can do is remain calm and speak in a soothing tone. Our pets, like any other human, require assurance.

Although some pets will continue to hide and flee when they detect that you are giving them a bath. Your pet will eventually realise that bath time is not a punishment.

Step 3: Check the temperature of the water

A dog's skin is not the same as a human's. So, you must ensure that the temperature of the bathwater should never be higher than what a human baby requires.

Furthermore, because large breeds overheat easily, make sure the bath water is cool.

Step 4: Shampoo your pet

Make a gentle lather with the shampoo and massage it all over your dog's body. Make sure not to get soap in their eyes.

Step 5: Rinse thoroughly 

Any soap left in your dog's fur can irritate their skin once they're dry. That’s why you have to make sure to rinse off the coat and skin thoroughly.

Step 6: Air dry your pet’s coat

Dogs are expected to naturally shake off excess water after getting wet. You will most likely need to assist your pet in drying off using the large absorbent towels. Then, allow your dog to air dry naturally.

You may also air-dry your pet using a dog-specific blow-dryer. The lower temperatures will not cause itching or dandruff. Avoid using a human blow-dryer because the hot air emitted may be too harsh for their skin.

Step 7: Give your dog a treat

After the necessary steps of taking a bath is done, follow up with lots of praise, petting or playing. 

When Should I Hire Professionals?

Is wrestling your dog into a bathtub and expecting them to tolerate the bathing process is not a good idea? Then, you should consider seeing a professional groomer.

Professional groomers will not only bathe your dog. But they will also clip their nails, express anal sacs (upon request), trim near the eyes, and dry them off.