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Washing Your Dog

I think we all have experienced the trouble of washing a dog, here are some simple tips to hopefully make that experience a bit easier.

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Rub a dub dub dog in the tub

  1. There are no set guidelines to how frequently you should wash your dog, but it isn’t a good idea to wash them too regular as it can dry out their skin and cause it to become irritated.
  2. Never wash your pet with soap or washing up liquid as this will remove all the good oils from the surface of their skin and cause it to dry out and even become flaky. We recommend using a special dog shampoo or a baby shampoo which is mild enough that it won’t damage your dog’s skin.
  3. Washing your dog can be challenging especially for anyone who has a large dog. Dogs don’t need regular washes, but it does make them better companions if they don’t smell bad.
  4. The job involves cleaning however it can in turn be a very messy and wet job that involves you having a bath too. There tends to be a lot of splashing and messing around once they get into the water so don’t fill the bath up too much or they may just cause a mini tsunami in your bathroom.
  5. If your dog sheds a lot of hair you should take them outside and give them a good brush down before you wash them, to save your drain plug getting clogged up. If possible, it is a great idea to try and wash your dog outdoors to keep the mess out of the house.
  6. Unless the weather is warm don’t use the hose as this water can get very cold, so instead use buckets of lukewarm water to wet and rinse your pet if you wash them outside.
  7. Never use boiling water and always test it on your skin before pouring over your pet to avoid burns.
  8. A word of warning to watch out for is the minute you take your hand off your dog be ready to stand back as they will attempt to shake off every bit of water and you may end up getting drenched.
  9. Once your dog has shaken off all the excess water, pat them down with a towel and let them dry fully before you let them lie down on anything including their bed, just to avoid there being a constant smell of wet dog in the house.

It’s always fun to watch your pet after you finish washing them as they tend to get a burst of energy and start running around and are very hyper active.  With these tips in action they are sure to enjoy baths as much as we do!

Rub a dub dub doggy in the tub.


How does your dog react to bath time?


Love from

the team at PawTrails

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