Groom Dogs At Home
Dogs feel very relaxed when they are groomed. But, it is not easy to groom dogs at home. You have to keep in mind the basic needs like feeding, training and preparations while giving a bath.
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How often should we give baths to our Dogs?
A healthy dog with a short, smooth coat and no skin problems doesn’t need to be bathed often.
Even so, it’s a good idea to bathe your pooch at least once every two to three months.
But if your dog is highly active and spends a lot of time outside, it’ll probably need a bath more often.
Athletic dogs could need more frequent baths to control their odor.
How to bath Your Dog?
Some dogs feel scared to bathe, either they become very calm or they turn out to be furious. Here are some ways to make them habitual of bathing.
- Practice with a dog in the bathtub, if that’s where they take a bath. Make sure no water is running before you try it, as forcefully running water may scare them.
- Put down an inexpensive rubber bath mat so the dog doesn’t slip (slipping can add to anxiety).
- Have him on a leash and have a helper gently hold him as you let him lick from a sterilized bone stuffed with creamy food like cream cheese or peanut butter. Gently brush him as he works on the bone.
- Keep practicing this in short sessions until he is calm.
- Once your dog is calm in the tub, induce water by taking out water and gently pouring it on one of your dog’s feet.
- Steadily increase the period in the tub and the amount of water used until you can give him a full bath.
We love our dogs to smell fresh and clean, but getting to that point isn’t always easy. Dogs are rarely excited to jump into the bathtub for a good scrub. So, here are some ways to prepare yourself and your dog for this wonderful adventure!
Put on Your Wet Suit
Be sure you’re wearing clothes that you’re okay with getting wet and dirty. Move all your grooming materials into the bathroom shampoo (ask your vet for suggestions specific to your dog), conditioner (a must for longer coats that need to be brushed out), brush, mineral oil (for eyes), cotton balls (for ears), at least two big, absorbent towels and, most importantly, TREATS.
The best location for bathing a dog is in a room with a closed door; this will prevent a wet and nervous dog from fleeing.
Place a non-skid mat down in the tub to help the dog keep his footing. If you don’t have a detachable showerhead, a bowl or even a large cup helps rinse.
Getting Your Dog Ready
Before starting the bath, you may want to let the dog get easy and calm with you, and give him a chance to relieve himself.
Trimming your pet’s nails before bath time will not only give your dog better footing but will also help protect your skin in case he tries to make a break for it.
Brush hairs before bathing as well, so the extra hairs can come out in the brush.
Give praise and treats to make him comfortable in the bathroom before you try to get him into the tub.
Gently put a cotton ball in each ear to protect it from water pouring in it, just be sure to remove them when you’re finished! Also, to help keep shampoo from irritating his eyes, you can put a drop of mineral oil in each one.
Bring Dog inside the tub
Dogs are unlikely to get into the tub eagerly.
Make sure the water isn’t too hot or too cold. Let your dog hear and then gently feel the water before going full-speed ahead with the bath.
Start shampooing your dog’s shoulders and then move out from there. Be tender around the face and any sensitive areas but be sure you get down to the undercoat with your fingertips to clean the skin thoroughly.
Read the directions on the shampoo bottle carefully to ensure proper usage. Rinse out all the shampoo, using your fingers to make sure you get through the undercoat to avoid subsequent irritation.
Remove Tangles after giving a bath
After the shampoo has been completely rinsed out, you can apply the conditioner, if required. Follow the directions on the bottle because some products need to sit on the coat for several minutes. If you have a particularly restless dog, you’ll want to find a fast-acting formula.
Once you have finished the bath, it is time to dry your dog. Towel dry as much as possible in the bathroom. For dogs with longer coats, you may want to use a blow dryer set on low.
Before the dog leaves the bathroom, brush his coat out carefully because the bath will loosen up a lot of fur, which is better contained in the bathroom than all over the house.
As they feel light and relaxed they just wanted to run like crazies! Let them run and enjoy the moment with your dog!