How To Bathe and Grooming a Dog?
For many dog owners, bathing a dog can be a daunting task, especially if they are new pet parents. While you might love the new addition in your family, you will not always enjoy the dog scent that your fur baby will bring into your house. Hence, washing or bathing your dog is important. Bathing your dog can help improve your relationship with it and make sure that it stays healthy. However, it sure will be difficult to bathe your dog because most dogs find bathing an unpleasant experience. Follow the steps in this article to learn the best way to bathe a dog and make it a pleasant experience for both of you.
How to Bathe?
1. Wet Your Dog
Using a hand-held sprayer wet your dog. You can even use a bucket or pitcher to wet him. Although be careful while doing so. Do not wet your dog’s face and avoid his eyes and ears too.
To clean your dog’s face, you can use a wet washcloth at the end of the bathing session.
2. Apply Shampoo
For dogs with long fur, use two parts shampoo mixed with one part water in a bowl or cup. You don’t want clumps of shampoo getting stuck in one area of the fur. If your dog has short fur, you can squirt a line of shampoo down his spine.
Gently scrub and massage your dog. You can use your fingers to massage him, just the way shampoo your own hair. Massage in the direction of his fur growth. This will prevent any matting, and fur from tangling.
4. Look for Problem Areas
While massaging the shampoo into his fur and skin, it is best to check your dog for any rashes, bumps, scabs, or any other problems.
5. Leave in the Shampoo
Let the shampoo remain on your dog’s coat for about 10 to 15 minutes for it to show results. Follow the instructions mentioned on the shampoo bottle to find out how much shampoo to use and how to apply it.
Rinse the shampoo out of your dog’s coat with clean water. It is important that you keep rinsing until the water runs clear and there are no more soap suds. Make sure to get between the paw pads and toes since these are often places missed by many people.
How to grooming?
1. Dry Your Dog
Some people choose towels and some choose hair dryers to dry their dog. But we suggest that you let your dog have a few good shakes. Air dry him if you live in a warm climate and have bathed your dog in the morning. While towel drying, do not rub. Pat down gently.
2. Brush Your Dog’s Fur
Brush your dog’s fur to prevent it from tangling. Brushing down your dog’s fur will also help get rid of excess water from his coat.
3. Clean Your Dog’s Ears
Use a cotton ball (and not earbuds) to prevent water from entering your dog’s ears. You can use a cleaning solution to remove excess earwax from your dog’s ears.