Health and Grooming

Bath Time Made Easy
Bath time with your dog may not be the happiest times for him.One minute your canine friend is calm and the next moment it’s like you are trying to wrestle with a hurricane as he becomes a squirming nervous wreck when he sees the dog shampoo and grooming tools.

Under normal circumstances your dog doesn’t need a bath every day. Which is good news.The thumb rule is that dogs need to be bathed at least once every 2 to 3 weeks. It could also be once every six weeks provided they are short-haired and indoor dogs. Frequent washing's can strip the coat of protective oils and cause skin irritations.

Prepare your dog first

If you have a young pup, ask your vet whether it's safe to give him his first bath. When the time is right for that landmark first bath, you have a chance to create a positive experience that will make future washing's easier.

Before you begin, let him sniff the comb, brush, shampoo, clippers, and anything else you'll be using. Run the bath, shower, or hose water so he can hear the sound and not become frightened later. If you're using a pet dryer, let him get accustomed to that sound, too.

Let the bath begin

If you're bathing your dog indoors, use a room with a door that shuts so he won't eye an escape route. If you're using a large sink or bathtub, be sure to put down a rubber mat or non-skid surface. Remember, dogs become very insecure and jittery when their feet are slipping and sliding.

Ready to turn on the water (mild, not hot)? Remember to follow these steps:
  • Open the bottle caps to pet shampoos and conditioners first (never use people shampoos which have the wrong PH for a dog's skin) and place your grooming aids in a bucket where they won't get kicked over.
  • Put cotton balls in your dog's ears to prevent water from rushing in.
  • A hand-held shower attachment is useful for washing and rinsing. Be sure to wear old clothes or a waterproof apron because you may get wet.
  • Many pet groomers recommend starting at the head and working to the tail so that any fleas present won't escape into the ears.
  • Purchase an absorbent pet towel to gently rub your dog dry. If you use a blow dryer, make sure it has a cool setting.
  • During his bath, reinforce your dog's good behaviour with treats and praise.
If you follow these tips and he still protests, try a waterless bath: sprinkle baking soda over your dog's coat and let it stand for a few minutes, then brush off the excess. This can help with that ripe, doggie odour!
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