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Tips for Washing Your Dog

It's that time of year again, when the weather is getting warmer and your dog is running around outside. The more your dog is outside, the more dirt they seem to collect on their paws and coat. And that means more baths!

But bath time shouldn't be stressful. It should be at least tolerable for you and pup. So, here are some tips for washing your dog that will (hopefully) make it easy and breezy:

  • Location, location, location - If it's nice out, you're lucky enough to be able to tie your dog outside. Simply tie them to something grounded and strong with their leash to hose them down. If you're inside in a bathtub, make sure to put a towel down or something else so they don't slip in the tub.
  • Protection - Keep your pup's eyes and ears protected by avoiding pouring water directly on their face, or gently putting a cotton ball just inside your dog's ears. 
  • Comfortable temperature - Make sure it's a comfortable temperature all-around, whether you're washing your dog in your bathtub or outside. Also make sure that the water temperature is comfortable, neither too hot or too cold. 
  • Hose 'er (or 'im) down! - Do an all-over wash, down all four legs, paws, and underneath. If you don't have a hose or sprayer, use a container to slowly pour the water over your dog.
  • Water, then shampoo - After you've thoroughly washed your dog with water, then apply the doggy shampoo that you use. If you want, you can get a combination shampoo that has bug-fighting ingredients in it like the brand "Detest a Pest." Make sure to wash the soap and residue off efficiently and thoroughly. 
  • Gentle with the face - Now, use a washcloth to wipe down your dog's face. Since this area is sensitive, it's best to do it with a washcloth because no dog likes water sprayed in their face. 
  • Towel dry - If it's a comfortable temperature where you're washing your dog, simply towel dry them and then let them air dry, as this it the most natural way to let them dry.  If you want to blow-dry, make sure that you keep the setting on low heat. If your pup shows any signs of anxiousness or nervousness, stop. 

And now you're set! It's not too hard once you get the hang of it. Make sure to give your dog a bath at least every three weeks, if not more in the spring and summer when they're collecting mud. 

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Jenna Gomes

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