Do I really need to bath my dog?
The thought of bathing your dog
doesn't need to turn you in to a stuttering, trembling, prophet of
Sure, if your
dog's large it can seem very daunting. But, as with
most thing's with dogs--start the learning process as early as
possible--and everything usually works out
fine. You might even enjoy it,
but don't expect your dog to.
I suppose a few dogs enjoy being
bathed, but they're definitely few and far between. On a dog's hate
list, bathing comes slightly above going to the
So, lets go
through the process: Your going to need, aside from what your going to use
to bath your dog in.......
- A non-slip mat or surface to stand your dog on; so that your dog
- Dog shampoo/conditioner--not the human variety--preferably for your
dog's coat type.
- A spray hose--quicker and much easier than any other
- A large bath towel to rub him semi-dry. This will prevent too much
of a mess when he eventually shakes himself--which he will do
- A good bristle brush to groom your dog while the coat is still
dampish, but not wet.
- A treat for your dog for succumbing to the inevitable, and for you,
for being such a thoughtful, kind, and caring dog owner.
How often should you bath your dog?
they look dirty, and when they smell. Like us really. Writers often give
time frames, such as Deerhounds only need bathing every 3 months!
Nonsense. If your dog has rolled in a smelly mess, has become coated
in mud, or perhaps given himself a dousing in something akin to porridge;
are you really going to wait another 7 weeks before giving your dog a bath?
No-this doesn't count as a bath!
Things to remember when bathing your dog.
- There is no need to restrain your dog with
leashes and choke chains. Kind words, a caring attitude, and the promise
of a treat are enough.
- Test the water from the spray--
If it's too hot for you--it's too hot for your
- Don't get shampoo near to your dog's
face--wash this area with clean water and a sponge, or
- Don't use scrubbing brushes, etc. Use your
fingers to get up a lather, and to get deep in to the coat. Stroke
the dog shampoo in to his coat, this prevents any knotting that can
arise from simply rubbing it in.
- Rinsing the coat thoroughly is most
important. Soap residue will dull his coat. A teaspoon of glycerine
added to the rinse water, or a good conditioner will add
sparkle, and lustre to his coat. Again, stroke it in to the coat.
- A chamois leather, or an absorbent
cloth can be used to squeeze out the exceess water prior to towelling.
If your going to use a dryer, make sure that it's on a low setting, and
your dog is well used to it before bathing him.
- Finally, don't let him out until he's bone
dry. Dogs, especially mine, have a tendency to roll themselves dry--you
have been warned
How to find a good professional dog groomer
Some Breeds do need do need to be clipped, trimmed
or stripped, and this isn't easy. You can of course teach yourself
to do any of these things. I have with the clipping. But,
hand-stripping cocker spaniels is an art form, and one that I could never
get the hang of.
So how do you choose a professional dog groomer?
Recommendations is one way, and probably the best.
around. Then go to the chosen grooming parlour[s] without your dog, with
the intention of booking an appointment.
Your going to
need to ask a few questions, and then subtract the "sales patter" from the
dialogue and see what your left with. If it's just a salesperson with a
clipper--move on to the next shop. You need someone who deals with all
types of coats, and needs to be Very Experienced.
- Have they got dogs of their own?
- Are they enthusiastic when talking about dogs?
- How did they learn dog
grooming? [Working in Kennels, or have their own Kennel are good
- How long have they been grooming for?
- Do they specialise
in any breed types?
Build up a picture of who you are
entrusting your dog to, and then act accordingly.
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