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    A Guide to Cleaning Your Dog

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Dogs can get very dirty and smelly and unlike cats, they don’t spend much time grooming themselves. When it comes to cleaning your dog, a lot of owners simply use the hosepipe in the garden and although this can be quick and effective, it can also be cold for the dog (especially in the winter). The alternative is to put your dog in the bath and give him a warm bath. Not only is bathing the dog in this way more enjoyable for the dog but it gives you the chance to bond with the animal. This guide outlines how to go about cleaning a dog in the bath or find dogs and puppies for sale.
     

    Bathing a Dog


    • The first step is to get the bathroom ready for cleaning your dog. You will need a medium sized bucket, some large towels and a hair dryer. Use a shower mat in the bath and make sure that is secure so that when you are bathing the dog, he won’t slip.

    • Move the dog to the bathroom before you start running the water and make sure the door is shut. It is important to make sure that when cleaning your dog, the water is a nice and comfortable temperature. Lukewarm is best. Fill the bath with about three inches of water and then put the dog in the bath. Some dogs adore water and will love being bathed, others will not like it all however.

    • When you are bathing the dog, make sure you don’t get any of the shampoo into his eyes; a lubricating eye ointment that is available from a vet will help with this.

    • Using the bucket, get the dog wet from head to toe including under his belly. Get some specialist dog shampoo and apply a small amount to the top of it’s head. Start bathing the dog by lathering up the shampoo down to the tail, up to the neck and under his belly. If you are using anti-flea shampoo, you will need to leave it on for the specified amount of time.

    • Remember that when dogs get wet they like to shake it off, keep a hand on your dog at all times to avoid this happening and be prepared to turn your head quickly should he decide to shake.

    • Keep the dog in the bath and drain the existing water away, run some new water of the same temperature and start to wash off the shampoo. Use the bucket again and rinse from the neck backwards. Keep bathing the dog, making sure that you use the water to work through the suds and get rid of them all.

    • Turn the running water off and with the dog in the bath, allow him to shake the excess water off. When you are cleaning your dog in the bath, make sure you remove anything you don’t want to get wet or splashed with muddy water.

    • Keep the dog in the bath to avoid getting the floor too wet and start using the large towels to properly dry him. Make sure that after cleaning the dog you dry the thickest areas of fur and don’t forget between the toes.

    • Use a hairdryer to completely dry the dog. Some dogs will hate the hairdryer and if it is evident the dog really doesn’t like it then abandon this step. Put the hairdryer to a medium setting and make sure that it isn’t too hot. Start with the thickest fur and use your fingers or a comb to dry it. Make sure you keep the hairdryer at least 6 inches from the skin to avoid the dog getting burnt. Find out more on how to groom your dog.

    • Throughout the entire process of bathing your dog, heap lots of praise and rewards on him so that he knows he is doing the correct thing. Dogs strive to please their owners so make sure you let him know. Bathing a dog is much easier if he enjoys the process, consider giving him a small treat afterwards.

    • Some dogs may snap or bite at the hairdryer if you hold it too close to their face.


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