English 11 Period 3
7 November 2013
How to bathe a dog
Bathing any animal can be a difficult process. If you do not know what you are doing, you probably should have another person their to help you, if needed. If you bathe your dog frequently, the dog may be used to the water and enjoy it which is a good thing! Proper bathing materials are needed in order to be successful. For that to happen, first you should gather your items you will need, prepare your workspace whether it is a sink or bathtub(a bathtub is easier, in my opinion), brush through the dog’s coat, start washing, and rinse.
Preparing your workspace is the most important process because if you don’t have all the items you need in order to wash the dog, you may have to leave the dog in the area while in the process of washing the dog and run and get it which can lead to bad things. Trust me, this has happened to me before. If you leave the dog alone, it may try to escape the bathtub or sink. My dog escaped and ran down the steps with her wet soapy fur getting the carpet all wet. My mom was not very happy to begin with because she does not even like pets. Gather a towel, dog shampoo and conditioner (if needed), a brush, a cup to pour water on their coat if you are doing it in a bathtub, a washcloth, and some treats to reward it if they are being good while bathing them. Keep them in your reach but not in the way of getting kick or splashed away by the dog because that could lead to a calamity. Dog skin is also more sensitive than human skin, so remember to keep the water temperature at a lukewarm temperature.
Brushing through the coat before washing the dog allows you to have a nice, non-tangly coat to wash. This is a time to calm your dog and show them some love. Brushing through the coat also can allow you to look at their skin for rashes, ticks, and other health issues. The dog should be relaxed and calm at this point of the process.
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