Bathing Your Dog
Advice on making bath time easy and how often you should give
your dog a bath
dog travel tips advice and
dog tricks training guide
been said that a clean dog is a happy dog. Weíre not sure if thatís
true, but itís definitely better to have a clean dog than a dirty
Everyone would rather pet and snuggle up to a dog when heís
clean, so itís certainly nice to have a clean dog when you can get
one. The trouble is, sometimes giving a dog a bath can be a
You should bathe your dog every
This is especially true if he is allowed
outside. If your dog is outside for part of the day, splashing
around in a mud puddle or rolling in the grass may be the way your
dog chooses to spend his afternoon.
free-spirited creatures and they donít mind getting dirty Ė in fact,
many dogs seem to gravitate toward messy situations. The problem is
that though dogs heartily enjoy getting dirty, many of them hate
taking baths. But, with a few clever tips you can turn the act
of giving your dog a bath into a fun experience that your dog will look forward to.
It's not easy being clean
When you think
about it, it isnít hard to understand why many dogs hate bath time.
For one, dogs that havenít been bathed often as puppies may be
irrationally fearful of being in a bathtub. Other dogs may just hate
being wet. And, letís face it; bath time isnít exactly a picnic in
the park for the dog if heís faced with a confining tub, cold water,
scrubbing in uncomfortable places and a slippery bathtub floor.
Make dog bath time a fun time
you begin preparing your dogís bath, get excited and use positive
words. Say things like ďAre you ready for your bath?Ē in an upbeat
tone. This will let your dog know that something
good is going to happen.
prepare your dogís bath, grab some of his favorite treats and some
rubber squeaky toys. Squeak the toys and put them in the bathtub.
soon as you put your dog into the tub, reward him with treats and
play with his toys.
During each step of the bathing process (rinse, soap, rinse, and
dry) continue giving your dog treats and talk to him in a soothing
itís time for your dog to get dry, give him plenty of cuddles and
treats. Doing this will also help you keep your dog in one place
while you dry him off.
Create a non-threatening environment for bathing your dog
Before you run water in your dogís bath, put a few rubber shower
mats on the floor of the bathtub. These will help to keep your dogís
paws from slipping on the floor. You can find shower mats in several
different places, but if you donít have access to them, you could
also use towels on the bath floor.
your dog more comfortable by checking the water and making sure itís
neither too hot nor too cold. The water for your dogís bath should
be a little cooler than the water temperature that youíd use for
your own bath.
dogs feel fearful in tight spaces. To make your tub less confining,
remove any items that either the dog would knock over with his tail
or would make the dog feel crowded. Shampoo bottles and soaps can
fall during the bath and frighten your dog.
How often should I bathe my dog?
This is a question that will have a different
answer depending on what your dog does on a daily basis. If
your dog is an outdoor dog and does not come into your home, bathe
him at least once a month and apply a flea/tick preventative a few
days after bathing. If your dog is an indoor dog who sometimes
spends time playing outdoors, you'll need to plan on giving your dog
a bath more often -
about once a week or once every two weeks - because you don't want
him to dirty your carpet, linens, etc.
Making bath time fun time and creating a non-threatening
environment for your dog will drastically change your dogís reaction
to taking a bath. After a few times of doing a bath like this, your
dog will stop fearing bath time. In our experience, using
these techniques will get your dog to look forward to bath time, so
he will eagerly enter the tub and sit still during bathing and