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How to wash a dog

How often you need to wash your dog depends on various things, including the dog's breed, size, type of fur and activities. Dogs that are often out may need more frequent bathing while dogs indoors may need a bath only for a few months. Bathing can be scary for dogs, but with a little knowledge and preparation you can make washing your dog a good experience for both of you.

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[ Edit ] Preparing to wash your dog

  1. Choose a location. If you have a very small dog you can bathe him in a wash or sink. You can bathe larger dogs in showers or bathtubs. If it's not too cold outside, you can even swim your dog outdoors. [1]
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    • If you bathe your dog in a bathtub or sink, the bottom will be slippery when wet. To soothe your dog and give him traction, place a towel on the bottom of the tub or sink. [2] You can also use a rubber bath mat or self-adhesive pillows. [3]
    • Select a limited space, if possible. Your dog may be worried or upset during their bath and try to escape. Close the bathroom door if using the tub. If you wash your dog outside, make sure to put it in a fenced area so your dog can't escape. [4]
  2. Prepare your dog for washing. Brush your dog's coat carefully before bathing him. This is especially important if your dog has a thick, plump or double coat. Be sure to remove any tangles or dull areas. [5]
    • If your dog has some ticks you may want to see a veterinarian to get them removed. Or you can remove it yourself.
    • If your dog has sticky substances (eg paint, tar, pine sap) stuck to the fur, rub them with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil and let it sit for 24 hours. A liquid dish soap can also do the trick. [6]
  3. Trim your dog's nails. If your dog's nails need to be cut, cut them before bathing. This will help him inadvertently scratch you if he gets upset or fussy.
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  4. Collect all the supplies you will need. When you start the washing process, you want everything you need close at hand. You will need towels, cotton balls, dog shampoo, sweets and a washcloth or sponge. If you do not have a hose or detachable shower head, you will need a bucket or other container for rinsing.
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    • Remove your shampoos and other bottles so that you do not have to do this while keeping a wet dog in check.
    • If your dog tends to be nervous in the bath, you may want a helper. The helper can help keep your dog steady while washing him.
  5. Put cotton balls in the dog's ears. When the dog's ears get wet, they can develop ear infections. [8] Putting cotton balls in the ears helps keep the ear canals dry. [9]
  6. Remove your dog's collar. To get his neck area clean, you must remove the dog's collar. If you need a collar to hold your dog while bathing him, use a nylon collar. Leather necks can shrink when wet and can stifle your dog. [10]

[ Edit ] Bathing Your Dog

  1. Get the temperature right. Dogs are sensitive to hot water just as you are. Check the water temperature before bathing your dog. It should be warm, but not hot. Water that is too cold can give your dog a cold, which is especially dangerous for puppies. [11]
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    • If you bathe in a sink or bathtub, fill it around the dog's knees with warm water.
  2. Wet dog's body with water. It is not recommended that you wash your dog's head or face. This can eventually get water in the ears or faint the eyes with shampoo. Instead, wet him from the back of his neck. Make sure his coat is completely saturated. This can take a while for dogs with particularly thick coats. [12]
    • If you have a hose or a removable shower head, use it to spray your dog. Make sure the water pressure is not too high, or it can scare him.
    • If you use a bucket or jug ​​to wet your dog, be sure to avoid pouring water over his head. [13]
    • There are also snap-on spray brackets attached to your shower head or faucet. ASPCA recommends Rinse Ace Pet Shower Deluxe. [14]
  3. Apply shampoo. If your dog's coat is very thick or long, you may want to mix some shampoo with water in a small cup. This helps you get a uniform foam throughout the coat. [15] For dogs with short coats, just pour a strip of shampoo into the body. Massage the shampoo in his coat.
    • You do not need to use a washcloth or sponge to apply the shampoo. In fact, it is a better idea to use your hands when screwing up the shampoo. This way you can check his body for any unusual signs, such as bumps or inflammation. [16]
    • Don't don't apply shampoo to your dog's head or face. If the face is dirty, use a damp cloth to gently wipe away any dirt. [17]
    • If your dog has a very long coat, massage the shampoo in the direction of hair growth. This will help prevent tangling. [18]
  4. Wash the dog's body. Massage the shampoo on the entire body except the head. Also collect the armpits, abdomen, tail and groin and paws. [19]
    • Keep the shampoo on your dog for as long as the bottle requires. Some shampoos contain mild antidepressants and they may need to remain for a certain period of time to be effective.
  5. Clean your dog's face. If your dog's face is dirty, use a damp cloth to wipe away the dirt. Do not clean the ears with a washcloth; This can get your ears wet and promote infection. [20]
    • Some dogs have a skin infection on the chin called furunculosis, that looks like small pimples or red bumps. If your dog has this condition, consult your veterinarian to see how to properly clean the area. Your veterinarian may suggest a disinfectant shampoo or ointment.
    • If your dog has wrinkles on the facial skin, be sure to use the washcloth to clean between them.
  6. Rinse your dog until the water from his fur runs clear. It is important to rinse all shampoo residue from your dog. It may take some time to do carefully, especially when your dog's coat is thick or double coated. [21] Failure to rinse the dog's coat properly can lead to skin irritation and pH imbalance.
    • Remember not to pour water over the dog's head and face. If you use a jug or bucket to rinse, pour water so it runs down your back, not against your face. Avoid spraying your dog's face if using a hose or syringe. [22]
  7. Dry your dog. If you can find a very absorbent microfiber towel, it will speed up the drying process; But even a regular towel works. [23] Put the towel over your dog's back and pat him dry. Do not rub in the towel, as it can cause carpet in long-haired breeds. Remember that your dog's natural instinct is to shake himself dry, so be prepared for a little squirt. [24]
    • Some people can use hair dryers to dry their dog fur. Keep the heat setting low or cool to avoid burning your dog. Never aim a hair dryer at your dog's face. [25]
  8. Comb out your dog coat. If your dog has very long or messy fur, you will want to comb it out while wet to avoid tangling. You can use a separating mist to help this process. [26]
  9. Give your dog a treat. To keep the positive compounds with bath time strong, give your dog a treat every time you wash him. Praise him for being a good dog. In this way, your dog will learn that bathing time is not a time to fear but a fun time involving sweets and praise. [27]

[ Edit ] Grooming Your Dog After a Wash

  1. Clean your dog's ears. Remove the cotton balls from the dog's ears. You should clean your ears with excessive ear wax to avoid irritation or infection. [28] You can use a specially formulated earwash such as Veterinarian Ear Rinse. You can also use witch hazel, hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of equal parts organic apple cider vinegar and purified water. [29]
    • Apply part of the ear cleaner to a cotton ball. Do not use cotton swabs. You can damage your dog's eardrums if you insert them too far. [30]
    • Rub the cotton ball around the inside of the ear. Check the cotton ball for waxy residue. When you see no residue on the cotton ball, the dog's ears are clean. You can also use a soaked cotton ball to clean the dog's outer ears (the large limp pieces are called stick ). [31]
    • Try not to pour or spray solution directly into the dog's ears. Many dogs do not like this, and you want to avoid as many negative associations with bath time as possible. [32]
    • If your dog has hair that grows from the ear canal, consult your veterinarian. Some breeds can develop tangled ear hairs, which can lead to ear infections. [33]
  2. Clear toe structure. Some dogs have a condition called epiphora, that occurs when your dog's tears flow over his face. [34] This is very common in brachycephalic breeds like many terriers and chihuahuas. [35] Wash this extra tear off to avoid irritation or bacterial infection. [36]
    • Colloidal silver is usually recommended as it is safe to use around the eyes. It comes in the form of spray or liquid drops. Apply colloidal silver to a clean cotton ball and wipe your pet's eyes. [37]
    • Drop some coconut oil under the eyes where the "traces" of the tear stain can help the skin become irritated. [38]
    • Many pet grocery stores sell tear stain cleaners and even saturated pads. These can be easy to use. Just make sure that the product is labeled with allergy and that it does not contain the substance tylosin tartrate. This antibiotic is not approved for use on dogs or cats. [39]
    • Some breeds, such as poodles and shih tzus, have a condition called distichiasis, where their eyelashes grow inward rather than outward. This can cause eye irritation and excessive tearing. If you notice that your dog often has tearing up, consult your veterinarian. It may be something other than a result of his face shape, but it is always better to be safe. [40]
    • Do not use hydrogen peroxide, apple cider vinegar, make-up remover, human eye drops, or magnesium milk to clean the dog's eyes. [41]
  3. Give your dog another treat. Now that he is completely clean, give your dog another treat. Praise him for being a good dog. Give him a little pat and maybe play a game. [42]
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[ Edit ] Understand good bathing habits

  1. Avoid washing your dog too often. There is usually no reason to bathe a dog if he does not have a skin infection or that he smells bad. You can usually bathe your dog once a month to keep him smelling comfortable. [43] If you bathe him more than that, you can cause skin irritation and he can scratch a lot. [44]
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    • Brush the dog's coat frequently. This helps keep him clean between the baths, and is also good for his skin and coat. [45]
    • If your dog has a skin infection, consult your veterinarian to see how you can best wash and treat your dog.
  2. Choose the right shampoo. A gentle shampoo formulated for dogs is the best idea. Look for a shampoo that has a neutral pH balance, about 7. Avoid artificial scents and colors, as these can also irritate your dog's skin. [46] [47]
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    • You should never use human shampoo to wash your dog. The dog's skin has a different pH balance than human skin, and human shampoo can interfere with that balance. Disturbed pH balance can promote bacteria, parasites and viruses. [48]
    • Oatmeal shampoo is a good foundation for most dogs. If you are not sure what to use, it is a safe shampoo to begin with.
    • If your dog has a rash or other condition, he will often scratch, which further irritates the skin. Tea tree shampoo may be helpful for some skin irritations. [49] Avoid getting the shampoo in your mouth, as tea tree oil is toxic when consumed. Consult your veterinarian to determine which shampoo should be used for a dog with skin damage.
    • Some shampoos can help prevent flea infections. Look for shampoos that contain pyrethrin, pyrethrum or citrus oil. [50]
  3. Leave your dog's anal sachets alone unless you know how to express them safely. Your dog has small sacks on his back, on the edge of the anus. Some dog care providers offer "express" or squeeze the anal sacs during cleaning. If your veterinarian approves and you know how to do it safely, it's okay to try to do it right now. Otherwise, leave them alone.
    • If your dog has inflamed or irritated anal sacs, consult your veterinarian. [51]
  4. Wait for your dog to bathe. If your dog is new to your home, he may be afraid of bathing time. You can help him learn how to connect bathing to positive experiences with a few simple tricks. [52]
    • If your dog is terrified of the bath, place your dog in an empty tub (or wherever you wash your dog). Don't run water yet. Talk to him with a soothing voice and give him a treat or toy to play with. This helps him associate bath time with something he enjoys. [53]
    • Work your way up to running hot water over his body. Every time you bath your dog, give him / her a small treat.
    • Get your puppy to the bath by washing him after he is five weeks old. Getting your puppy used to bathing time as a pleasant experience will make it easier for him to accept bathing when he is older. [54]

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[ Edit ] Tips

  • You get wet! So don't wear one of your favorite clothes just to wash your dog. You might just want to wear some old jeans and an old t-shirt.
  • In warmer weather, you can swim your dog outside in a children's pool.
  • Remember not to get water / soap in the dog's nose, mouth, ears and eyes.
  • Make sure you brush your dog before taking a bath, as it will be much easier to groom them and no one wants knitwear in the coat.
  • Talk to your dog to comfort him.
  • 19659013] NEVER get water in the dog's ear, which can cause ear infections that even cause unpleasant irritation to the dog!
  • If your dog seems uncomfortable, do not force him / her into the bath!
  • Be sure to wash the shampoo carefully. If there are any left, it can cause skin irritation.
  • Try to clean your paws carefully to clear away dirt and bacteria build-up.
  • Small dogs can easily be bathed in a sink and a bathtub.
  • Stay away from shampoos that have running tasks in themselves. Travel necklaces are also toxic to you and your best friend. Instead, rub food quality Diatomaceous earth through your hair when it's dry and fleas will be dead naturally. You can also sprinkle this on your mat, and if you choose, take a few tablespoons yourself.

[ Edit ] Warnings

  • If your dog develops a rash or any other sign of an allergic reaction, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  • Do not dye your dog's hair. It can cause serious health problems.

[ Edit ] Things You Need

  • A bathtub or sink (if the dog is small)
  • Towel
  • Pet shampoo
  • Water
  • Sponge or washcloth [19659013] Bucket or pitcher, or a removable shower head or syringe
  • Cotton balls
  • Dog brush / comb
  • Treats

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