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Bath Time for Doggie: Terrific Tips for a Stress Free Dog Bath

[18 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 48 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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Bath Time for Doggie: Terrific Tips for a Stress Free Dog BathCan you ‘smell’ that your dog is close even before they bark or enter the room? If so, then it is probably time to take the ‘plunge’ and give him or her a bath. Most people do not look forward to giving their dog a bath at all and, as a result, put it off for far too long.

In this article, I will go over a few things you can do to make bath time for your dog more tolerable and maybe even enjoyable. With a little persistence and practice you won’t end up being the one getting most of the bath!

The first thing you should do is get in touch with your veterinarian. Each dog breed requires different shampoos and some require baths more often than others. If your dog spends much of his/her time playing outside then they will likely need to be bathed more often.

Make sure you bring this up to your vet. For example, poodles need baths more often than German shepherds. If your dog has a smooth coat then they probably don’t need baths as often as other breeds.

Overbathing your dog can do more harm than it does good. So a once a week bath would not be such a wise choice. Doing so will remove essential oils from your dog’s coat and he or she will end up with dry skin.

Grooming your dog can help to reduce the number of baths they need each year. It will also help to keep them looking nice and fresh.

Before you start the bath make sure that everything is already in place. Preferably, do not do this in front of your dog because it will only add to their anxiety.

Here are some of the things you should have on hand: Vet recommended pet shampoo, soft brush (for the toes and nails), mineral oil, brush, cotton balls, comb, washcloth/sponge, bathing tether (such as a leash) and make sure that you give them a bath in a warm area that is free from drafts.

If it is cold outside then you should never give him or her a bath out there. This is especially important if they are a puppy. They are already at odds for keeping their body temperature regulated. Do not give a puppy a bath until they are at least 4 weeks old.

Before you start the bath make sure that all the mats are combed out. If you do not do this the water will turn them into solid clumps and make things more difficult later on.

Spray your dog lightly because a lot of water pressure can be scary for them. After they are soaked work the shampoo into the coat for about 10 minutes. Make sure that you keep it away from the face and mouth.

Rinse completely two times and make sure the water freely runs out of the tub. You don’t want to leave any shampoo on them because it can lead to an allergic reaction.

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Bath Time for Doggie: Terrific Tips for a Stress Free Dog Bath
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  • Reiki master weekend said:

    This information is very useful for us.. Thanks for share this..

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