Doggy bath time can be a trying affair with some pets, but it is important to make the most of the experience and do things properly. It isn’t enough to rinse off a dog’s coat once a month and let them run around in the sun. Instead, it pays to take the time to wash and dry them properly. Use the right products in a suitable dog bath, dry them thoroughly with a dryer and enjoy your time together.
Where to Wash Your Dog
First of all, you need the right dog bath or grooming tub. Make sure that it is the right capacity for your pet, with the right height and ease of access to make the task easier. This secure basin is the ideal place to scrub and rinse off a pet. It offers them their own bathing space – away from the family bath tub – and can be used in the kitchen if this is more convenient. These dogs baths come in different styles and sizes. Some have additional restraints for the dog – to stop them jumping out when they have had enough – as well as splash guards and racks for the shampoo and other products.
Using the Right Products to Wash Your Dog’s Coat
When washing the dog, make sure to use the right type of shampoo and any other necessary products. This means a dog-friendly option, or a medical treatment where required. Look for products with natural oils, moisturizers and other helpful elements. Rinse the products thoroughly with clean water and be careful not to get any in the eyes of the dog. This is especially important with small breeds with protruding eyes, which are more prone to infection.
Be Careful to Wash Them Properly – Especially if Bath Time Only Happens Once a Month
We don’t need to wash our pet dogs every week, unless they have specific health issues or get really dirty on a weekly basis. This means that we should make the most of this bathing time to clean and groom our pets properly. The best place to start is with the way we shampoo the coat. Massage the lather into the skin, not just the hair. This will stimulate the production of oils to further enhance the coat. It also helps with blood flow in the skin. This is also a good time to wash the gunk from the eyes and ears and give your pooch a thorough cleanse.
Drying the Dog Afterwards
When drying the dog, some owners are happy to use a towel to get the water out. However, this only really works on short coated dogs, who can then run around to air themselves out. The best option for long and thick coated dogs is a dog dryer. These machines provide gentle blasts of air at the right temperature, a bit like a hairdryer. It is important to get all the water out to keep the coat looking at its best, and protect the health of the dog. There is a bigger risk with moisture and dogs with folds in the skin, such as pugs and sharpies. Trapped moisture could lead to decreased body temperature and fungal infections.
Take your time to carry out the washing and drying process carefully during doggy bath-time. The more effort you put in, the better the chance of a great clean, improved conditioning and perhaps even better health.