Bathtime for pet dogs

Dogs benefit from a bath roughly every six weeks, sometimes longer depending on the breed. Keep in mind that bathing more often than recommended will result in a dry coat and skin, leading to unpleasant odors, itchiness and discomfort.

Because you ought to only bathe your pet every six weeks make certain that you do a thorough job when the opportunity arises. Get a ph balanced shampoo for dogs and use a mild conditioner (dog specific or not) to replenish the moisture the shampoo has removed.

If you’ve got a dog that doesn’t relish grooming than you know that bathing a dog can be a frustrating struggle. With proper management it can also be a bonding experience between dog and owner.

To minimize the trouble you may encounter here are some tips:

1) Gear up in shabby clothing that can get wet and soapy. If you’ve got a dog (big or small) that doesn’t like baths you are going to get soaked. Keep in mind that the area surrounding the bath may get soaked as well. It can be difficult to distract a dog that is ready to shake the water from its fur.

2) Choose your location carefully. If the weather is warm it might be wise to bathe your dog outdoors. If that isn’t an option you can go with the bathtub, the sink or even a shower! For our largest dog we use a baby pool set on the floor by the kitchen sink. We hold her by the collar and spray her with the nozzle. When she’s in the pool more than one of us can scrub her down and she doesn’t destroy our cheap bathtub surface with her scrambling claws. To empty the baby pool we scoop the water out with old Tupperware and then lift it to empty the remaining inch right into the sink.

3) Read the labels and instructions on the bottles of shampoo. If will work best if you follow the guidelines exactly. Leaving soap in for five minutes can be a pain, but it is worth it when all is said and done.

4) Have everything you need for the bath within reach. Prepare the shampoo, conditioner, and a towel before you start. Chances are you are going to have to maintain a hold on your pet to keep it from soaking the house in a frenzied escape from the tub. You’ll want your towel within reach once the bath is over.

5) After the bath give your dog a treat, and praise them regardless of how frustrated you might be. Each time you make the after bath a positive experience you are encouraging them to look forward to the next one.

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