Bathing your dog can be enjoyable. It can also be… not so enjoyable for you both. But there are ways to make the bathing experience go as smoothly as possible and avoid dog anxiety. Using the best shampoos and learning how to successfully dry your pup after getting out of the tub can make a huge difference. Keep reading for dog bathing tips on how to keep your baby’s fur and skin in top shape.
There are a number of pet owners out there who think baby shampoo is the best and gentlest way to clean your pup. The fact is, this isn’t true. Baby shampoo does not have the correct pH balance for your pup so you should look for one that does. If in doubt, it is always safe to ask your vet what they recommend. We’ve found that Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo and the Fresh Pet Shampoo by Top Performance are both pH balanced for your pup’s coat and skin. If you want to go the extra mile, try this waterproof brush by Furbliss. which makes sure that the shampoo is worked into your pup’s coat while also giving them a relaxing massage.
This is an easy way to avoid excess struggling for your or your pup while in the bath. Make sure they are thoroughly brushed before getting started. While you can use dog conditioners, it’s easier to make bathing a one stop shop. Get in, apply shampoo, rinse, and get out. Adding water and shampoo won’t get matts out of your pet’s fur. It will actually do the opposite. It’s essential that you either brush or trim the matts out before getting your pup settled in the bath.
There’s nothing worse than when your pup starts to panic, and, all of a sudden, it’s slipping and sliding all over the bathtub, falling over in its attempts to escape their situation. You may already have a non-skid rubber mat in the bottom of the tub for yourself or you can simply line the bottom of your bath with a towel. Yes, you will have a soaking wet towel to ring out when the bath is done but you can guarantee that they will have a surface to dig their feet into if they panic.
If your dog is a shedder, there’s no harm in inserting a piece of steel wool into your drain before you plug it. (This may also work if you excessively lose your hair in the shower as well.) We all know how easily drains get clogged and this easy method helps you avoid this situation every time your pup needs a bath.
Make sure there is nothing left to do but lift your dog into the bath when the time comes. Some dogs do not like the sound of rushing water, especially if they are not a fan of bath time. They learn to associate this loud sound with something unpleasant and will probably try to run, soaking you and your floor in the process and potentially hurting themselves. While running the water, make sure that it’s a comfortable, lukewarm temperature that won’t startle your pup.
Before you start your dog’s bath, make sure you have everything you need stocked beside you – especially towels. There’s nothing worse than finally getting your pup in the tub only to realize that you forgot something essential across the room and there’s no one to run and get it for you. You can guarantee that you dog will escape while you’re grabbing the things you forgot.
This could ruin bath time for your pup for good and nobody wants that. It is usually unnecessary to wash your dog’s head, so, if it’s not absolutely essential, don’t do it. Even tear-free shampoos can irritate the eyes making a bath painful and unpleasant for your pup. If you do want to wash your dog’s head or if they’ve gotten themselves particularly dirty, after lathering, tilt your dog’s chin up and rinse off the water, being careful to keep the soapy water away from your dog’s eyes. You can also use a washcloth to clean their face and facial folds. It’s recommended that you place a small piece of cotton inside your dog’s ears to keep water out. Water in the ear can cause infections.
Whether your dog is thrilled with the whole process or not, give it constant praise and encouragement so it knows it’s doing a good job. Don’t get upset or frustrated even if it’s starting to struggle. Your dog needs to know that this is a safe place. Dogs mirror their owner’s emotions and frustrations, so if you get frustrated, odds are your pup is going to get frustrated, too. And giving your dog a treat or two in the bath isn’t a bad idea either.
While this tip purely benefits you, it is certainly one worth mentioning. After taking your dog out of the bath, it will have an immediate urge to shake to dry itself. It may even attempt this multiple times while still in the bath. In order to avoid getting completely soaked, hold its muzzle gently between your thumb and forefinger as best you can then use a towel to dry off the rest of its body. This prevents the dog from rotating its body to shake and keeps you as dry as possible.
If your pup is still an anxious bather, giving your pup FOMObones dog treats once a day can help take the edge off its anxiety in a safe and natural way. While the CBD in our treats works immediately, optimum results are seen after about five to seven days when the CBD has had time to build up in your pup’s system. Bath time should be a relaxing and bonding experience for you and your dog and you will both grow to dread it if your pup is scared and anxious. By using our tips and tricks, bath time can be an enjoyable time in your household, with a clean, well-groomed pup at the end of it.
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