Bathing can be a tricky one. Some dogs love it while others hate anything related to water and getting wet. Here are some things you must know before you start bathing your dog.
Comb Their Hair
Before you take them for a bath it is always a good idea to comb their hair first. This will smooth out their hair our and remove stubborn tangles.
Yes, it is always a good idea to get your dog accustomed to baths at a very early age. They need to know that is something that they have to do every once a week (or once in ten days) to stay clean. If you live in a cold country, make sure their water is warm (not hot). If you live in a hot tropical region, make sure the water is lukewarm. Since we want bathing to be a fun experience, try not to startle them with the water temperature.
Treats and Toys
Is your dog a treat guy or a toy guy? You must figure that out before you take them for a bath. Make sure you take their favorite currency handy with you during bath time. Treat them every time they do something that helps you take the bath. For instance, if they sit and let you wet them, give them a treat so that they know you love this behavior.
A Inviting Bath
Okay, so, this is for people who use a bathtub for their dogs. Try to make the tub inviting with their favourite toys. Animate their toys like how you would otherwise so that your dog knows that she is jumping into the pool to play with them.
When you bathe your pooch for the first time, make sure you don’t do anything that will startle your pooch and make bath time an unpleasant experience. Hot and speedy waters can startle your pet. We found the AquaBrush™ extremely useful for this. After adjusting the water temperature, we fit the brush onto our hands and gently let the water flow into their fur. This will stop them from getting startled by the noises of forceful water.
Since you can wear the Aqua Brush on your hand, it helps you avoid their ears which is a very sensitive area. You can clean their ears separately but avoid water because water in their ear can cause severe ear infection and pain.
A Good Towel Rub
Yes, my dog certainly looks forward to post-bath-towel-time because she knows this is the time she can get nice and dry again. You can use hair dryers to do your work but drying their fur naturally helps keep it healthy.
If you make their bathing a fun pleasurable experience they are more likely to be calm and willing the next time you bathe them. We hope these tips were helpful. Happy bathing!