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    Bathing Your Dog

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    For many different types of dogs and their owners, bathing a dog, is not always a fun experience. Yet giving a dog bath is something that has to be done. Here are some tips on how we can make the bathing ritual more enjoyable or at least more bearable for ourselves and for our pet. With some patience and practice, most of the water will be received by the dog, rather than by the loving owner who is trying to control the splashing.

    Wash or Not Wash?

    As a first step ask your vet to see what he can specifically advice regarding dog bathing. Dogs from different breeds and set-up require bathing in different times and the dog shampoos are not always suitable for certain lines. If your animal spends a lot of time outdoors, we can say that frequent bathing is essential. Some breeds need a dog bath more frequently than others. Smooth-haired dogs usually need fewer baths. The housing conditions in this case play a decisive role, of course.

    How Often Should We Bath The Dog?

    With a too frequent bath (for example, weekly) we can wash out many essential substances of its coat and this can lead to skin dehydration. Unless the dog is not very dirty we can reduce the required number of baths by regular combing and brushing. This way we can ensure our dog a clean feeling and give the impression of a well cared, well-kept animal.
     
    Getting Ready

    Before pressing the dog into a corner and driving him to bath, prepare everything necessary for the bath. Get the bathing place ready (do not draw the dog's attention upon the expected trial too early because we could just intensify his nervousness). Let's see what may be required:
    •    A shampoo for dogs recommended by his vet (human products can cause an allergic reaction)
    •    Herbal bath oil
    •    A cloth or a sponge and towels (the larger the dog, the larger towel will be needed)
    •    A warm and not draughty corner in the house
    •    A leash if the dog is put in a bath tub (even if the bath is carried out in the open the dog should be kept to a fixed point.)
    •    Brush and comb for the dog's fur
    •    A soft brush to clean the areas between its fingers and its claws
    •    A rubber sheet to prevent slipping
    •    In cold weather, we should never bath the dog outdoors. This is particularly true for puppies which are not able to yet regularize their body temperature, as well as adult animals. They must be at least four weeks old when their first bath takes place.

    Groom your dog before the bath and unfold each nodule or snag in his hair. Otherwise, to the effect of water the snags may pile up into felts that can be removed with scissors only. If the dog's coat is felt because of any paint, tar or other sticky material, cut out these parts.

    Some people bung their dog's ears with cotton against the water. If we use cotton it is important to have as large pieces as the dog's ears.

    If they are too small, there is a danger that they slip into the animal’s internal ear. When bath is going to take place in the bath tube the water should reach only his knees.  Bathing water temperature is to be set as it to be comfortable for the animal. The 39-degree water is a bit hot for dogs, but because of their high body temperature a slightly warm water is often much better for them.

    The shampoo should be diluted before the bath! The easiest way is to dilute it in a 1-liter bottle or jug. This diluted solution has to be dispersed upon the dog. However, some dogs can stand shampoos made for people, too.

    According to experience some dogs are often allergic to dog products. It cannot be known in advance, but it will turns out only when the animal meets the dog allergen. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. If the dog happened to be spotted because of the shampoo, a little calcium may help a lot but you should go to the vet anyway and purchase another shampoo. What one of the dogs is allergic to, the other is not sure to be. The veterinarian may recommend an extra and non-allergenic shampoo, if there is no other option. Find puppies or dogs for sale.

    Bathing a Dog

    Place the dog into the tub. Throw water upon him with the help of a ladle. If we use water splash also, take care not to frighten the dog with it. When the dog has enough water, shampoo his back and with about ten minutes’ work dissipate it everywhere on his coat. It is important that the animal does not to feel shampooed water on his face and mouth. The muzzle has to be cleaned and flushed with the help of the washing cloth or sponge. You should clean its paws, the places between the fingers and its nail with the soft brush.

    Before rinsing the shampoo pull the tap from the tub. It is important to do a thorough rinse, as remaining shampoo in the coat may cause an allergic reaction.

    If necessary, pull the plug of the tub after rinsing so that your pet does not to stand in water until its fur is dripping. You’d better take a big step back, as the dog has been waiting to shake out the excess water of his coat since the beginning of the bath.

    Gently tamp the water out of his fur (do not forget to remove the cotton from his ears) then continue drying it with the towel. If you also use a hair dryer, be careful not to set it to the maximum and not to blow hot air on the dog. In order to prevent infection scrub his ears dry with the help of some cotton pieces. It is important to keep the dog in a draught free place until his coat is completely dry.

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