When giving your dog a bath, you might not have the full cooperation of your canine companion, but you need to stay tough and perform this task with confidence and poise.
Before you start bathing your dog, take the time to brush your dog’s fur, and make sure that there are no tangles or that your dog’s fur is not matted. Your dog’s skin could get irritated with matted hair because it holds water in. Remember to put cotton balls into each ear of your dog to avoid acquiring infections and irritations. However, if you cannot untangle your dog’s matted fur, bring your dog to a professional dog groomer for immediate attention.
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Always use lukewarm water when you bathe your dog. Dogs’ skin can easily burn, so make sure that the water you use has the same temperature as that of a baby’s bath. For larger breeds of dogs, use much cooler than lukewarm water to bathe them, since their skin can easily overheat.
Make it a habit to talk to your dog calmly as you bathe them, in order to engrave in your dog’s mind that bathing is not torture, but it is a good bonding time for you both.
Always use a dog shampoo when you bathe your dog, and never use detergent or human soap. Dog shampoos are gentler than human shampoos, and they can cause less irritation to your dog’s skin. Gently lather the shampoo all over your dog’s body, but avoid putting shampoo around their face. If your particular breed’s coat would benefit from dog conditioner, you can also use this. However, consult your vet before using conditioner and make sure that you are using a dog conditioner.
When it’s time to rinse your dog, ensure that you rinse thoroughly, and repeat rinsing a couple of times until you are satisfied that there is no shampoo residue in your dog’s coat. Leftover shampoo can cause skin irritation and coat dryness.
Air-drying is usually the course of action to dry your dog after washing, but if your dog has thick fur, you can use a blow-dryer that is specifically designed for dog’s purposes, since this product is developed with low temperatures that are perfect for your dog. If you use your own blow dryer, make sure to use a low heat setting to avoid drying out your dog’s skin or burning it.
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When the bathing process is over, make it a point to reward your dog for the job well done by patting your dog on the head, or giving him a special dog treat. This will make your dog more amicable the next time you bathe them, as your dog will be expecting a special reward from you after the bath.