Dog Washing – Important Doggy Bath Time Tips
- If your dog goes mad following a bath, rampaging through the house in an attempt to get rid of the water on his or her back, then try bathing in your garden. Using a paddling pool and a hose in an area that is completely secure and you will avoid the mess completely. Of course, you should only do this when the outdoor temperature is warm enough. In winter, you could try this in a confined area that is heated. For example, a heated garage or conservatory will work well.
- Try dealing with anxiety and nerves with toys or treats if your dog displays any signs of either. Use your dog’s favorite toy or ball to keep him or her occupied during shampooing. This may take two people rather than one but it will soon ensure that your dog sees bathing as fun rather than something to be nervous about.
- Never bathe your dog directly after a meal because the likelihood of being sick is high. This will only reinforce the idea to your dog that having a bath is a negative occurrence and ensure that he or she is reluctant to go through it all again. Leave at least 90 minutes to 2 hours either side of the bath for your dog to either digest food or calm down to help digestion afterwards.
- Do not concern yourself with the routine that show dogs have or any other information that may be given elsewhere. The grooming process for show dogs is completely different to that you will adopt when first starting out so do not worry about applying this shampoo, that conditioner and the whole range of products afterwards as well. The average dog does not need to be groomed within an inch of his or her life, just enough to be clean, happy and healthy so let’s keep it simple
- Always double check the water before you put your dog in the bath. As with bathing a baby, the water needs to be a few degrees cooler than bath water that the average person has. It has to be luke warm and comfortable enough for them to stand in it or under it. Try putting a little water on his or her paw to begin with and watch for the reaction. If they are just concerned about being wet rather than the temperature then it is ready!
So there you have it – several tips that can help you with dog bath time! It is a lot to take in the first time around but the process is simple the more times you do it.
You just have to take the time to get it right. Do bear in mind though that it will take your dog as long to get used to it as it takes you to get used to it so just take your time and come up with a routine to suit you. Dog washing will be easier (and more fun) after you do have that in place.