Simple Tricks For Giving
Your Dog A Bath In Your Bathroom
Bathing your dog is rarely the joyous, fun-filled task that movie and television scenes sometimes make it out to be. Most dogs would rather be dirty and smell awful than stand in a confined space and get watered down and scrubbed. The incredible fight they often put up and the mess they create makes it seem like you're the one actually taking a bath. Avoid the struggle and make sure you get the job done right with these simple tricks for giving your dog a bath indoors.
Fearful Fur Ball
The very first thing you want to do, especially if your dog is unfamiliar with bathtubs, is to associate the bathing process with something positive, such as treats and toys. Make a game of throwing treats into the bath for them to fetch or place their favorite chew toy inside. Start with an empty tub and work up to the addition of warm water. Continue doing this for several weeks, until they're willing to go in and out of the bathtub on their own without positive reinforcement.
Make sure you have everything you need before beginning their bath. Stock a bathroom storage shelf with plenty of towels, pet-friendly shampoo, a brush and something like a used dryer sheet to cover the drain. Place a nonskid mat on the floor of the bathtub so they don't slip. Use towels to completely cover the floor and any furniture they might climb on when the bath is over. Comb through their fur to detangle knots and use scissors to remove matting. If your pup has floppy or hairy ears, plug them with cotton balls to prevent infection.
End The Bathtime Blues
Now that your dog is prepped and you have the necessary supplies on hand, it's time to do some actual bathing. The most effective way to clean your pet is to use a handheld shower hose. Begin by wetting them from front to back, avoiding the head and ears. Afterward, scrub them with a massage brush in the opposite direction. Aside from providing a comfortable bathing experience, this washing method maximizes the removal of fleas and ticks, and prevents water from going up their nose. Use a damp rag or sponge to gently wash their head. After shampooing, give your dog a thorough rinse to remove all the product and prevent dry skin.
Beyond The Bath
The first thing they'll want to do when the bath is over is make a run for it. Keep the bathroom door closed so their reign of terror is contained. Drape a towel over their back as soon as you can. This keeps them warm and minimizes the amount of water your pet shakes onto the walls. Squeeze or pat them dry to avoid a tangled coat. Keep the use of a blow dryer to a minimum, as your dog won't like the noise, and setting it too high will also dry out their skin.
Clean And Accomplished
Congratulations, you successfully bathed your dog! You'll be relieved to know picking up after bath time shouldn't be too much of a hassle. Just scoop up the towels on the floor and throw them into the wash. Use paper towels to remove any leftover fur from the bathtub once it's dry. Slip on your favorite women's cotton pajamas set and relax after all that hard work.
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