This makes bathing fun for the dog
In the following article we give you some tips on how to make your dog enjoy swimming.
Although many owners prefer to bring their pet to a professional to take care of hygiene, others prefer to make it their own home. It can be a very nice experience! In the following article we give you some tips on how to make your dog enjoy swimming.
Steps before bathing the dog
The frequency of bathing depends on many factors. For example, the type of coat, activities, race, height, age or season. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, it may need to be bathed more often than a dog who lives in an apartment and does not go out on the street.
Since soap and water can scare your dog, it is important that he gets used to it slowly and associates bathing with a pleasant experience. You can put him in the empty bathtub, so that the fear is taken away. Use warm water from below and give it a treat at the end.
Steps to bathe the dog
When the moment comes for bathing, keeping the dog still and getting wet for a few minutes can be a challenge. It may be necessary to ask for help from a family member or friend at the beginning. Here, step by step, so that you can successfully bathe your four-legged friend:
- Choose the right place
If your pet is small, you can bathe it in the sink or in the shower or bath. In summer, you can bathe your dog outdoors. Once you start to wet the dog and lather it, the floor becomes slippery. Therefore, it is better to put a towel under him so that he can step on it and feel safer. If you know he’s getting nervous, it’s best to shut the door so your dog can not escape.
- Prepare the animal
Before bathing, the coat should be brushed, especially if it is thick or the dog is very hairy. Make sure all mattings are removed. If you dare, you can cut the claws, although it should be done better by a professional, so as not to hurt the dog or cause infection.
- Put everything ready
Make sure you have all the items you need before bathing. Towel, shampoo or soap for dogs, cotton wool, treats, a sponge, a brush, a cloth, etc. If your dog becomes aggressive, you must put a muzzle on him and tie him with the leash.
- Put cotton wool in your ears
If water gets into the ears, infections can develop. To avoid this, gently put a cotton ball in each ear to keep the ear canal dry.
- Check the water temperature
Dogs are sensitive to heat and cold. The water should be lukewarm to make you feel good. Start pouring water over your body, but do not wet your face, ears and eyes. Better only from the neck down. You can use a sponge or a brush so that the water penetrates well if the animal has a thick coat.
- Apply the shampoo
Mix shampoo with a little water and rub in hands to form foam. It is always better to distribute the product with your hands, so that the dog is not afraid and feels direct contact with you. Apply better to hair growth to prevent it from tangling. Soak your legs especially as they are usually very dirty.
- Clean the face
Your pet’s face will usually get dirty, but you’ll need to wash it gently with a damp cloth without touching your ears.
- Rinse off
With a hose or bucket you can gradually pour warm water over your dog to remove the entire shampoo. Scrub with your hands over the fur to completely remove the remains. Do not forget to work from the neck down.
The dog’s first reaction will be to shake off the water. Leave it, because it helps you to dry. If it is very cold, we recommend wrapping the dog in a towel. If he has very thick fur, you can use a hair dryer.
As you dry off your dog, take the opportunity to brush the fur and remove the knots (and prevent new ones from forming). After that, his coat will shine wonderfully.