Top 12 Tips for a Stress-Free Dog Bath
Make your dog’s bath a positive experience for you and your dog. Here are 12 tips for the best bath time.
White dogs need a lot of baths so it is no wonder that my peep and I have found some ways to give me a good bath without causing a lot of stress for either of us. i decided to share what we have learned about how to bath your dog so your dog can have a safe and happy bath time that is free of stress.
Most dogs don’t need as many baths as I do, but they do need them. After all, dogs get smelly and dirty. Here are a few tips for how to bathe a dog.
How to Bath Your Dog
- Make bath time a positive and calm experience. If your dog doesn’t like the bath, speak in a quiet, reassuring voice and say things like, “What a good dog!” “Thanks for putting up with your bath!” and “You are going to smell so fresh and clean!” I always like it when the person bathing me talks to me this way.
- Before placing your dog in the water make sure everything you will need is within reach. What we use are:
- Scissors (in case I have matts)
- Dog shampoo
- The water temperature should be warm, unless the day is really hot. Dogs don’t really like hot water, but warm to cool (not cold) is fine.
- I don’t personally eat treats during my bath, but this is because I am a little nervous in the water and I only like to eat (even treats) when I am relaxed. However, many dogs love their treats in the bath and this helps them to have a happy bath time.
- The size of your tub depends on the size of the dog. The bigger the dog, the larger the tub you will need. I am a little guy, only 10 pounds, so I can bathe in a kitchen sink, but that might not work for your dog. The human bathtub is often the tub of choice for dogs, and when the weather is warm a dog can use a child’s wading pool, a baby bathtub, or many other larger containers outside in the yard, on a balcony, or a patio. A garden hose can also be used outside to rinse a dog off on a warm day.
- When the dog first gets into the water, make sure he or she is wet to the skin, all the way from the face to the end of the tail. You can pour water on the dog with a plastic container or a small pail.
- Once the dog is wet, wash him or her one section at a time with the shampoo. You can place an appropriate amount of the shampoo directly on the dog’s fur or you can pour it onto your hand and wash him or her that way. My peep washes my face with the shampoo on her hand, but then cleans the rest of me by putting the shampoo directly onto my coat. If you don’t want to put shampoo on your dog’s face you can just wash it with a soft cloth and water.
- It is best to wash the dog’s face first because the water will be clean. Then shampoo the chest, the back, the tail, the stomach the four legs and finally the rear end. If the dog is really dirty you might have to change the water part way through. Dogs can accumulate a lot of dirt! The water is easy to change if you are using the kitchen sink or the family bathtub.
- Make sure that you rinse the shampoo completely off of your dog because the residue might irritate the skin.
- After the bath, wrap your dog in a towel and begin to pat him dry. I like this part a lot because I get wrapped up all cozy and carried like a baby. After a few minutes, though, I start to wiggle around and I escape the towel. Then I run around the house for awhile until I get tired and fall asleep. I like my naps!
- Many people use a hair dryer to blow dry their dog’s fur. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you do it make sure that the dryer is set no hotter than medium and you keep it at least 10 inches away from the dog. I run away if they try to use this with me, but my friend Buddy likes the hair blower method and he looks really great afterward. It’s all up to the dog.
- It is a good idea to brush your dog’s coat after a bath. It will look so good! But be gentle!
These tips about how to bath your dog are based on my own personal experience as a dog that has been bathed many, many times. This is what works for me and I hope it will help you, too. Woof!!