What is the Best Way to Bathe a Dog?
Start With Warm Water
Bathing your pet should be done gradually and patiently, with positive reinforcement for both of you. Doing so will make the experience much smoother for everyone involved - both you and your furry friend!
Get the Right Shampoo
When choosing a shampoo for your dog, look for products that are gentle and don't contain harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, formaldehyde or artificial fragrances or dyes.A shampoo specifically made for dogs is the best option, as it has been specifically formulated to care for their skin and coat.
When bathing your dog, be sure to rinse the water until the water runs clear. Doing this prevents soap residue from building up on their coat and skin which could lead to itching and dandruff.
Don’t Forget the Face
It's wise to remember your dog's face when bathing them. This area can be tricky to clean and is particularly vulnerable to water getting into sensitive spots like your pup's nose, ears or eyes.Use a lint-free cloth or flannel to wipe down your pet's entire face with.
Don’t Overdo It
Unless your vet recommends it, dogs usually don't require baths unless their coat is dirty or they smell. This is because their natural body oils help promote healthy skin and hair growth; over-bathing can dry out the skin.