How to wash a dog

Does your dog smell?

What equipment will you need?

How to wash a dogYou will need a container that is capable of holding water that you can fit your dog in, (a bathtub or laundry sink). Access to running water (preferably warm water). Some shampoo and a towel. Additionally I recommend a hose and shower head attachment, a few doggie treats, gloves (latex), eye protection and a conditioner for after wash care.

Why should you wash your dog?

You should wash your dog to remove odor, for dog welfare and to help keep your house clean. There are many different types of dog shampoos and some of them have additional effects on your dog, some of these include  flea shampoo, puppy shampoo, tick shampoo, dry skin shampoo, oily coat shampoo, organic shampoo, dry dog shampoo or antifungal shampoo.

When should you wash your dog?

This is often a topic of debate for dog lovers and groomers alike. Ultimately it depends on the size, breed and environment of which your dog is living in. Most dogs will need washing about once every four to six weeks. However, if your dog is an inside pet, you will probably need to wash it more often to assist with household hygiene and smell.

Where you can purchase dog shampoo and equipment?

Dog shampoo can be found in large supermarket chains, in pet stores, at vet clinics or online.

How to wash a dog

Note: It is easier to wash your dog if you groom your dog first. Always refer to the manufacturer’s directions often found on the back of the bottle.

Setup:

  • Container to wash dog in (bath or laundry sink)
  • Dog shampoo
  • Towel
  • Hose and shower head attachment
  • Doggie treats
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Conditioner

Here is a video to help explain what to do…

Put on your personal protection equipment – I recommend the use of gloves and safety glasses to prevent personal injury.

Remove your dogs collar – It is important that your dog wears a collar so that if it escapes, you can maximize the likeliness of your little friend being returned, just simply put your dog’s name and your contact phone number on an information tag attached to their collar.

Attach the hose and shower head to the tap – These simple attachments make washing your dog much easier and you can rinse them off more thoroughly.

Test the water – Run the hot and cold taps together and adjust until the water is lukewarm.

Put your dog into the tub – It is important with puppies to reward them for good behavior, however you can teach old dog new tricks. There are many different behavioral guides available, if your dog does not like bath time, here is one of my preferred guides. Alternatively, they may prefer dry dog shampoo.

Wet your dog down – make sure your dog is wet from head to tail, taking care not to get excessive water in its ears, eyes or nose.

Pour some dog shampoo into your hands – pour a small pool of shampoo into the palm of your hand, about one inch in diameter.

Lather up your dog – gently massage the shampoo into your dogs fur, take care around their eyes and ensure to cover their entire body.

Rinse your dog – As you rinse your dog, gently run your hands through their coat to allow the shampoo to be released from their fur; continue to do this until your dog is completely free of the shampoo product. Once again be careful and ensure not to get excessive water in their ears, eyes and nose.

Repeat if necessary – if it has been a while since you last bathed your dog, or if your dog is still dirty you may need to repeat these steps a couple of times to fully clean your dog.

Dry your dog – Wrapping your dog up in a towel is a quick and effective way to dry your dog, do not wrap it too tightly, just firm and keep it wrapped up for a few minutes.

Condition your dog – use a conditioner to improve the feel and condition of your dog’s fur.

Groom your dog – Refer to dog grooming

Replace your dogs collar – It is important that your dog wears a collar so that if it escapes, you can maximize the likeliness of your little friend being returned, just simply put your dog’s name and your contact phone number on an information tag attached to their collar.

Reward your dog – positive reinforcement is a great way to make bath time easier for you and them.

Pack up/clean up – store the dog shampoo and equipment in a safe location (out of the reach of pets and children). The jobs not done until the pack up are complete!

Hints and tips:

  • You should use the correct shampoo for the task.
  • Bath your dog in lukewarm water
  • Use tearless shampoo
  • For dog with a white coat use a bluing shampoo.
  • Reward your dog