Cleanliness and proper grooming can be very important to continued good health of our beloved pets. But bathing our puppy or adult dog can often prove to be a challenge. There are many questions, myths and opinions floating around when discussing best care for different dog types and temperaments. Check out these dog bathing tips to get some great ideas so youíll be prepared for your next dog bath and grooming session.
How often should you bath your dog?
How often your pet will need a dog bath will depend on breed and what type of activities dog is involved in. Itís best to bathe your dog only when your dog is really dirty. Just use your nose Ė that tell tale doggy smell will let you know itís time for a bath.
If a dog is bathed too often skin will be stripped of its natural, protective oils. This will result in dry itchy skin, which will cause your dog to scratch, further irritating already sensitive skin. If you need to bathe your dog more frequently make sure to use a pet shampoo that will also moisturize your dogís skin. You may also want to follow up with an after bath pet coat conditioner specifically formulated for dry skin.
Whereís best place to bath your dog?
In warm weather you can bathe your dog outside. Pick a place that will not turn to mud when it gets wet. Itís a good idea a have a washtub large enough for your dog to stand up in and fill it with a few inches of water. Water straight from a garden hose may start off warm, but usually gets cold very fast. If your dog starts to resist and shiver, as water gets colder, you may want to consider another option.
Many pet owners have overcome this problem by purchasing a raised dog bath. This convenient, back-saving dog bath is often used with a water temperature mixer valve assembly that completely solves this problem. With proper equipment set up youíll be able to save your back and control water temperature of your dogís bath. Some temperature mixer valve assemblies hook up to your existing washing machine water supply. At bath time just connect an ordinary garden hose to valve assembly and run it outside to bathing area. This convenient type of back-saving dog bath can even be used for bathing your dog inside.
If you choose to bathe your dog inside, regulating water temperature shouldnít be a problem. But deciding where to bathe your dog might be. Small dogs and puppies can usually be bathed easily in a sink or a washtub. For bigger dogs you will need something bigger like a bathtub or a large shower stall. And of course, bigger your dog is bigger potential hassles.
Are you tired of chasing and wrestling with your dog at bath time?
Many dog owners solve this problem by purchasing a raised dog bath. An ergonomically designed dog grooming bathing tub elevates your dog to a level thatís comfortable for you and keeps your dog securely contained, taking hassle out of washing your dog. Youíll get job done in half time, save your back and stay dryer. The raised dog bath that is available in most pet shops and online stores will also save your dog stress at bath time. No more slipping and sliding. Your dog will really feel secure standing on padded non-slip surface. This type of raised dog bath has been recommended by Dog World Magazine in their "Notable Products for New Millennium".
Does your dog tend to get away from you during a bath?
Bathing your dog is a challenging, but essential, part of dog grooming. Itís funny how your dog will cleverly evade you when you try to get him into a dog bath, but will be just as determined to get past you when you donít want him to jump into water at beach.
If youíre washing your dog in a room with a door make sure to close it so that your dog will not see an escape route or get very far if he prematurely gets out of bath. This way youíll have an easier time getting him back in tub to finish job. It can be a challenge bathing a dog thatís wiggling around but challenge gets a little tougher when your dog is an escape artist. If your dog takes any opportunity to get away from you at bath time you may want to consider restraining your dog.
Restraints are used during bath time to avoid injury to you as well as your pet. Some pet bathing tubs come with restraints included. With these your dog will be safely and securely restrained and you will be able to give your dog a quick and hassle-free bath.
Is your dog slipping and sliding in bath?
Slipping and sliding can be most stressful part of bath time for a dog. Put a rubber mat down on bottom surface of tub to prevent your dog from sliding and getting hurt. A sure-footed dog will be less resistant and much more at ease during bath time.
Things to have on hand at bath time:
Raised Dog Bath Ė This is a fantastic idea for a dog bath. Itís ergonomically designed for both you and your dogís comfort. Your local pet groomer is likely to have just such a bathing station set up in their shop. If youíre thinking about buying a tub or basin to bathe your dog in, ask them if you can check out their tub set up. If you have room or more than one dog, you may find it worthwhile.
Pet Shower or Plastic Pitcher Ė A Pet Shower is great, but if thatís not possible make sure you have a large plastic pitcher for wetting and rinsing your dog.
Drain Screen Ė Make sure to protect your plumbing from hair clogs with a simple to use drain screen.
Cotton Balls Ė can be placed in each ear to prevent water from running into your dog's ears.
Pet Shampoos Ė There are many different pet shampoos each formulated to work on problems such as dry itchy skin, inflamed or dry scaling skin, fleas & ticks, doggy odor, skunk odor, abnormal shedding, quick rinsing for dogs that don't like to take a bath, whiteners for white coats, color intensifiers for dark coats, and coat shine to bring out natural luster of your dog's coat. You may want to try a hypoallergenic shampoo/conditioner that will gently clean and conditioner your pet's coat in one step.