by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Television shows and movies always show dog washing as quite the event. Fortunately for pet owners, it doesn't have to be such a fiasco. The trick to dog washing (and for many other things in life as well), is to prepare. Don't dive right into washing your dog. A little prep work will go a long way to making it look its best.
The first rule is walk the dog before washing. Have you ever bathed your dog, only to have it immediately run outside and roll in the dirt? You can avoid this frustration by taking them for a walk before bath time. You can help your dog get rid of the wiggles, and you can collect that final layer of dirt and grime before washing it all away. This way, it won't have any reason to go out until it is are good and dry.
Next, start by brushing their coat to get rid of tangled and matted fur. By making sure the fur is nice and smooth, you succeed in simplifying the actual washing process. You can brush out any remnants of nature you canine may have picked up and when your dog has a smooth coat, you won't have to worry about getting out the tangles when your dog is all wet and armed with suds. Now you're ready to start washing. If you are going to wash your dog in the bath, place a rubber mat in the bottom of the tub for a more secure footing for them. It will feel safer and be more relaxed.
Only use official dog shampoo or baby shampoo. Anything else could cause skin irritation. Lather them up with warm water, using a handheld shower if one is available. After toweling them off, use a hair dryer. Make sure it's set on warm, never hot. If your dog fears hairdryers, simply keep them inside until they are dry.
So, there you have it—you can enjoy a nice clean dog without the hassle portrayed through our not-so-honest media. Here's to a hassle-free, clean dog!
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