A Guide to Dog Washing
Somehow dogs can always find a pile of dirt or mud to roll in. It seems that they are always the first to find a mess. Depending on the type of breed of dog you have selected, frequent washing may be required. Washing a dog is a simple process that can be a fun bonding time for you and your furry friend.
Some people choose to wash their dogs indoors and others prefer outdoors. It is best to evaluate your situation and your dog to determine the best method for you. Small gods are generally easier to wash inside than larger dogs. In cold climates, indoor washing may required during the winter months.
Some dogs, especially those with long hair, require preparation before washing. Consider brushing long haired dogs prior to washing them. This will make washing simpler and will leave fewer knots to brush out of your wet dog.
Wet your dog thoroughly. Some dogs enjoy getting wet and others hate it. You will learn the particular needs of your dog and the best method for accomplishing this step. Generally it works well to wet and wash the body of the dog before attempting to wash their face.
Use a mild cleanser to lather your dog completely. Pay special care not to get soap into their eyes as this can make the washing experience uncomfortable for them and more difficult for you. Consider using a shampoo specifically created for dogs. A tear free formula is the best choice.
After shampooing, rinse the dog well. Often dogs are anxious to dry themselves after a bath. Have an old towel ready and waiting. If you are washing the dog in the house, it is best to keep them in a contained area until they are completely dry. This will keep them from ruining furniture by trying to dry off on it.
Longer haired dogs generally require brushing and blow drying after a bath. Follow specific care guidelines for your specific breed for any additional tips or ideas. Each breed requires slightly different grooming care and maintenance.