WRT 101 M 6:10
How to Bathe Your Dog
Regardless of the breed or size of your dog, at some point it will get dirty. Bathing your dog is not only a good way to tame the dirty dog odor that may be following it into every room, but it is also a step toward your pets healthy skin and coat. With a bit of planning and hard work you can avoid stressful and costly visits to a professional groomer by simply bathing your dog at home. With correct preparation, set-up and technique, your dog will be smelling and feeling much fresher in no time at all. Although most dogs detest bath time, with a little persuasion and TLC this activity can be very rewarding for you and the dog. Keep in mind, this may not be for the faint of heart, patience is required!
Preparation may be the most important step in the process of bathing your dog, so gather the leash, towels, shampoo, and a large plastic pitcher first. When selecting a shampoo, if possible use a product specifically for dogs. These shampoos have been specifically Ph balanced for dogs and have a much lower chance of causing irritation to their skin or coat. You should also look for a shampoo with a strong, fresh fragrance to combat those first few romps and rolls through the dirt that your pet will inevitably take. You will need several old towels to help dry your dog after the bath, clean up the mess around the tub, and provide traction for your pet to stand on during the bath. Spread one or two towels out on the floor next to the tub to catch excess water that your dog will vigorously shake off in an attempt to help you with the drying process. A shower attachment on a long hose is also helpful for rinsing but not necessary. Once you have collected all of your supplies, it is now time to prepare the bathtub.
To limit your dog’s opportunities to leave the tub, or even worse, the bathroom mid- bath, try to have all of your supplies together and within reach before you begin. Once you...