5 steps to washing pets
5 steps to washing pets
How often you need to wash your dog depends on a variety of things, including the dog’s breed, size, type of coat, and activities. Dogs that are frequently outdoors may need more frequent baths, while indoor dogs may need a bath only every few months. Baths can be scary for dogs, but with a little knowledge and preparation, you can make washing your dog a good experience for both of you.
1. Understanding good bathing habits
There is usually no reason to bathe a dog unless he has a skin infection or he smells bad. You can usually bathe your dog once a month to keep him smelling pleasant. If you bathe him more than that, you can cause skin irritation and he may scratch a lot
Brush your dog’s coat often. This will help keep him clean in between baths, and it’s also good for his skin and coat
If your dog has a skin infection, consult with your vet to see how best to wash and treat your dog.
2. Accustom your dog to the bath. If your dog is new to your home, he may be afraid of bath time. You can help him learn to associate baths with positive experiences with a few simple tricks
If your dog is terrified of the bath, place your dog in an empty tub (or wherever you wash your dog). Don’t run water yet. Speak to him in a soothing voice and give him a treat or toy to play with. This will help him associate bath time with something he enjoys.
3. Prep the dog for washing
Brush your dog’s fur thoroughly before giving him a bath. This is especially important if your dog has a thick, shaggy, or double coat. Make sure to remove any tangles or matted area.
4. Trim your dog’s nails
If your dog’s nails need trimming, trim them before you give him a bath. This will help keep him from accidentally scratching you if he gets agitated or fussy.
Do not cut your dog’s nails too short! You can easily cut into the dog’s quick, which can cause bleeding and infection. If you aren’t sure how to trim your dog’s nails, many groomers and veterinarians will do it for a small fee
5. Gather all the supplies you’ll need
Once you start the washing process, you’ll want to have everything you need close to hand. You will need towels, cotton balls, dog shampoo, treats, and a washcloth or sponge. If you don’t have a hose or detachable showerhead, you will need a bucket or other vessel for rinsing
We hope you find our 5 steps to washing pets helpful.
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