Making it less scary
A lot of dogs find baths scary. It is important to use positive associations towards the bath and to speak to your dog in a calm and reassuring tone, before, during and after washing them. Be patient, give your dog plenty of praise and always award them afterwards with a tasty treat or some play. This way, they will begin to realize that having a bath isn’t too bad after all.
Expect to get messy!
Bathing a dog is inevitably messy. They shake, jump and splash about. You can’t really prevent these from happening, but you can protect your bathroom (and yourself) from your dog’s bath time-antics. Besides, what good is a bath when you can’t splash about?
Wear some old clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. In addition to washing your dog, you may have to assist them in getting in and out of the bath too!
Prepare the bathroom floor by laying down some towels. This will keep the floor clean and dry and will prevent anyone from slipping over and having injuries.
Check that you have closed the bathroom door before beginning. Once out of the bath, dogs often attempt to escape the bathroom and run their wet paws throughout the house.
Running the bath
Ensure your dog’s bath water is lukewarm and always test it yourself beforehand. Depending on your dog’s height, fill up the bath so that a few inches of their legs are in water. This keeps your dog warm and allows their paws to have a nice soak.
If your dog has long hair, be sure to give them a brush before bathing them. Matted and tangled fur holds a lot more water, is more difficult to rinse and can be uncomfortable for the dog too.
It is important to use a safe and appropriate dog shampoo.
Avoid cheap synthetic shampoos and watch out for pet shampoos that contain sulphates, parabens, phosphate, MEA or DEA as these can be harsh on your dog’s skin and fur.
You should also avoid shampoos that are intended for humans. These also contain chemicals that can be too harsh for a dog’s delicate skin. They are not designed for pets and tend to irritate them.
Instead go for gentle and naturally derived shampoos.
PET CARE Sciences offers an ‘Amazon’s Choice’ 5 in 1 shampoo. It cleans, conditions, deodorizes, detangles and moisturizes! Puppies needn’t be left out: you can scrub up your pup with PET CARE Sciences Puppy Shampoo. The high-quality professional grade formula gently leaves puppies over 12 weeks old smelling great with their coat in wonderful condition.
Shampooing your pet requires a small amount of technique. Thoroughly massage the shampoo into your dog’s coat and be sure to massage it in the direction of the hair growth. Going against the direction of hair growth may cause ingrown hairs to grow in the future. A dog’s ears, eyes and nose are very sensitive, so always be careful around the head. Also, watch out for any cuts or abrasions that your dog may have, as shampoo may irritate these areas.
Shampoo can sometimes be stubborn to rinse out, so to guarantee it has properly been removed, always double rinse. We would recommend using a cup and scooping the water onto your dog. This is gentle, makes less noise (noise could make the experience scarier for your dog) and you are less likely to spray water across the room. It also allows you to control the direction of the water.