Giving your dog a bath can be a stressful experience for you both.
Dogs typically don't like the sensation of getting wet so they often freak out in the tub. You, in turn, will likely get stressed when your dog starts acting up, feeding into his stress.
Before bathtime, reduce yours and your dog's stress. If you feel like you're rushing to quickly give your dog a bath, he'll sense it and get stressed out. You're better off waiting until a day when you have more free time.
If you have a puppy, start giving him baths now. He'll get used to baths as part of his routine, making it easier to bathe him in the future.
Below are some tips for the best way to bathe a dog.
Your dog's skin has a protective acidic layer called the acid mantle on the outer layer of skin. It protects the skin from bacteria and keeps moisture locked in.
Humans have this protective acidic layer, too, but our skin has a much higher pH balance than a dog's. Human shampoos strip away that acidic layer, making them inappropriate for use on dogs.
Before washing your dog, you need to find a gentle shampoo made specifically for dogs. Look for ones that are free of artificial coloring and fragrances.
Repetition is key for a dog. You don't want to bathe him in the sink one month then outside the next.
The size of your dog (or how big he will become) should factor into where you bathe your dog. A kitchen or laundry room sink works for small dogs while the bathtub is preferable for larger dogs.
When you bathe your dog, let him have one or two familiar toys in the bath with him. If you're bathing him in the tub, put down a non-slip mat so he feels more steady.
Before bathtime, collect all the materials you'll need. You should have:
You might not need ear cleaner or nail clippers every bathtime. Ask your vet for tips on how to keep your dog's ears clean to prevent infection.
The best way to bathe a dog is to take it slow through these steps:
Keeping your dog clean can make him feel healthier and improve his relationship with you.
The best way to bathe a dog involves creating a calm environment, gently massaging him with dog shampoo, and rewarding him at the end.
If your dog gets particularly stressed during bathtime, consider investing in some CBD cookies to help calm him down beforehand. You can learn more about our CBD cookies here.
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