Dog Grooming: Bathing Your Dog

The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog at least once every three months, but some may require more frequent baths if he or she spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems. Here are some steps to help you get started.

  1. First, give your pet a good brushing to remove all dead hair and mats, and then put him or her in a tub or sink that’s been filled with about three to four inches of lukewarm water.
  2. Then, use a spray hose, large plastic pitcher or an unbreakable cup to completely wet your pet.
  3. Take care to not spray or pour water directly in his ears, eyes or nose.
  4. Gently massage in shampoo, working from head to tail, and rinse and repeat as needed.
  5. Dry him or her thoroughly by giving your pet a good rub with a large towel. Voila, clean pet!

Dogs with loose facial skin or wrinkles—such as Shar Peis and Pugs—will need special attention. To prevent dirt and bacteria from causing irritation and infection, clean the folds with damp cotton. Always thoroughly dry the areas between the folds.

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