How to bathe your dog easily

Here it is How to bathe your dog: Things will go more smoothly if you introduce your pet to the idea of bathing before actually giving him his first bath.

* Help your dog learn to trust you through such actions as touching the paws, handling the ears and opening the mouth several times a day. Praise positive responses and consider reinforcing good behavior with small treats.

* Let the dog sniff grooming tools such as his comb, brush, clippers and tooth brush. As the dog becomes less timid and more accepting of the items, praise and if food-motivated, supplement the positive reinforcement with treats.

* Let your dog get accustomed to the sound of running water. You can reinforce calm behavior and build a positive association by using verbal praise and treats.

* If you plan to use a dryer, slowly introduce the dog to the dryer. Pet dryers are recommended over human blow dryers.

* If you think the dog will balk at his first bath, you might want to have someone help you the first time. You want to make your dog’s first bath to be a good experience so that he will be accepting of future baths. Be Sure to check the next two pages.

How to bathe your dog

4 important steps

-Keep Your Dog Safe in the Tub

-KeepYour Dog’s Ears and Eyes Protected

-Wash Neck-to-Toe

-Finish Up with Ear Cleaning

How to bathe your dog

Before and during bath

Though your typical puppy is quite clean, it’s best to show your dog at a young age that bath time isn’t punishment. Make the bath fun for your dog by introducing a toy, lavishing your dog with praise and offering a treat at the end. Here are a few tips on how to effectively bathe your dog:

  • Brush your dog thoroughly before bathing to remove dead hair and mats that will tangle when wet.
  • Gather everything you need for the bath before turning on the water—shampoo, towels, and possibly cotton balls to place in your dog’s ears so water won’t run into them.
  • Place your dog in the tub (or wherever you’re going to bathe him), and wet him to the skin with warm water.
  • Lather with a gentle dog shampoo (never use shampoo made for people).
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water. It’s very important to rinse out every bit of soap. To help in combing out afterward, some people apply a small amount of conditioner, which is rinsed out as well.
  • Always make sure to avoid her eyes and inside her ears.

After the rinse (and after your wet dog has vigorously shaken water from his coat), absorb as much water as possible with a towel. Brush your dog dry and use a blow dryer (made for dogs) set on a warm, gentle setting to speed the process. Hold the dryer at least a foot away from your dog so you don’t burn his skin. Keep him in a warm place until he is completely dry.


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