by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Television shows and movies always show dog washing as quite the event. Fortunately for you, it doesn't have to be such a fiasco. Did you know that you can actually give your dog a dry bath to help maintain cleanliness in between bath times? The trick to dry dog baths is simple and so easy. All you need is a good dog brush and some baking soda! Baking soda is a great cleaning agent, so when it comes to keeping your dog clean, baking soda can really do the trick and go a long way.
If you really want to give your dog a good dry bath, you'll need a good amount of baking soda, so don't skimp. (The baking soda is non-toxic and safe for use around your dog. It is a quick way to a fresh dog!). All you have to do is sprinkle baking soda all over your dog's fur, and you might want to rub it into the coat a bit. Then you just need to use a good dog brush to brush it all out. This could take a few times brushing your dog all over, because you really want to brush out all the baking soda. It's not that the baking soda will hurt the dog (it won't); you just don't want your dog tracking it in all over the place!
Another thing to keep in mind with this technique is to do it outside, where it won't matter where the baking soda goes. You don't want to be left sweeping up baking soda from your porch or vacuuming it up from your carpet.
So, there actually is a way to keep your dog fresh in between regular baths. (You definitely still need to give your dog wet baths because baking soda just freshens, it doesn't "deep clean.") The method is simple and the results satisfying—here's to a fresh and clean dog all the time!
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