Doggy bath time can be a difficult process for some dog owners. Not all pups like the process of being bathed. A splash in a muddy puddle or a swim in a river is fun – the soapy bath tub, not so much. It only comes around a couple of times a month for some dogs as well. There are health risks to bathing too often, so we won’t to avoid that. This means that we need to take full advantage of the opportunity when it arises. There is more to this bath time than a chance to wash some mud and dirt from the fur. This is a great chance to perform a health check and to bond with you pet.
Taking Care of Their Fur
The fur is obviously a main focus point here with this grooming regime, but it is the first part of a wider process. This is the only chance to really get into coat and wash away the muck and dead fur, and get the coat looking at its best. Take the time to shampoo the coat and get in around the paws and face. But, be careful with sensitive areas like the eye. At the same time, you can watch out for parasites and ticks, taking the time to pull off any stowaways. If the dog has a medicated shampoo for an infestation or skin problem, by sure to use it.
Taking Care of Their Skin
Bathing is a great chance to massage the skin to improve blood flow and oil production, this will help their health, and the health of he coat. Also look for signs of irritation, rashes or bites that might not have been visible before. If you spot a potential problem, you can then take appropriate action with the right treatment, or by scheduling a vet appointment.
Other Health Checks and Grooming Tips
This is also a good chance to check their eyes and ears for infection and gunk, and to give the teeth a good clean. You can also clip their nails after the bath for the full works. This is a good idea for dogs that aren’t keen on bath days or grooming. Get all the annoying jobs out the way at once. Make sure to invest in the right cleaning products and tools for the job. A good dog nail grinder will provide a smooth finish on those nails.
Finally, don’t forget that this is the perfect time to bond with your pet
Doggy bath time allows for some intimate one on one time with your pet, as you tend to their needs and clean them up. Those that aren’t keen on the process will benefit from lots of praise and cuddles, and perhaps some treats. Make the most of the time – from setting up the doggy bath tub and atmosphere to a cuddles and playtime afterwards. By the end, the two of you should be even closer. Even if the bathroom is a bit of a mess because of it.