Not all dogs are fans of water. In fact, there are a lot of videos and clips that you can check online showing dogs and puppies doing crazy tactics and tantrums just to delay or completely avoid the bathing hour. This can be intimidating to new dog owners especially if they have no idea how to basically put their dogs into the tub.
Aaron and his puppy Guppy called the help of Shannon, a PetSmart trainer to guide them in this how-to-bathe-your-pup video tutorial. Here are the step-by-step technical procedure to freshen up your cute little furry baby:
Make sure that the water temperature is right
The water should not be too hot and not too cold either. The proper term is that it should be lukewarm. If the water hits 38 degree Celsius, it may already be uncomfortable for your furry friend.
Ease him slowly to the tub
Be prepared because your furry little friend will surely resist the water! You don’t have to force him but encouraging is much better. Some dog owner lure their pets by food to the tub.
Use a pitcher
A pitcher is handy to bathe small dogs. Use this to wash off the bubbles and soap and to completely rinse off any remaining dirt. You may also use your hands to scoop water and gently brush your pup’s fur.
Use wet cloth on ears and nose
Gently wipe your dog’s nose and ears using a warm wet cloth with a little soap. These are the parts that you have to be very careful of. Avoid soap very near the eyes of your dog too.
Dry Him Off
You are done bathing your pup! You may blow dry him or just use a warm towel to dry him off.
Shannon recommends bathing your dog at least once every 40 to 60 days. Use only shampoo, soap, and other hygiene products specifically made for dogs. Maintain a healthy habit or routine of giving a bath to your dog so he’s always refreshed as he goes along with his playtime schedule.
So how was your first time bathing your dog? Share it with us through the comments below!