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Bath Time with Your Dog

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

How to bathe your dog?

Dogs need to be bathed just like humans. Dog baths are necessary for grooming, but it can be hard to know where to start. Bathing your pup can improve their skin and coat health, but it's essential to know how to bathe your dog properly.

There are several steps involved in bathing your dog, which is necessary to keep them happy and healthy. In this blog, we will show you how to bathe your pup and provide some tips for the process. If you follow these easy steps, and you'll have your dog squeaky clean in no time!

How to bathe your dog?

To bathe a dog, you'll need:

- Good quality shampoo and conditioner for your pup's coat type.

- Gentle baby or pet wipes to clean their face - do not use human tissues as they can irritate our pets' skin!

- Cotton balls for cleaning ears. You should never use cotton swabs for cleaning a dog's ears.

- Old towels (not fluffy ones!), a brush, and a dog hair dryer to finish the job!

Start Young

You should start bathing your puppy during puppyhood so that you can get him used to it as early on as possible. Then he won't fear the bath and will be more comfortable with it as time goes on.

Skin & Coat Health

It's also key to keep an eye on the condition of your pup's coat - if it starts looking greasy or dull, bathe them immediately - don't wait for the next scheduled wash! Use a high-quality shampoo and conditioner according to your dog's coat type.

Short coats should be bathed with a water-soluble formula, while long-haired dogs need specifically designed products for their needs.

Always check any shampoo or conditioner ingredients to ensure they are gentle and free from chemicals that could irritate your dog's skin.

Warm Water

If your dog does need to bathe, always use warm water. Water that is too hot or cold can cause discomfort and even damage the skin.

Protect Ears

You should always protect your dog's ears when bathing your dog. Placing cotton balls in their ears will prevent water from entering and possibly damaging them. You should use a damp wash to gently wipe the folds and creases to help them dry.

Use the Right Shampoo

You should bathe your dog with a shampoo that is made for dogs and their sensitive skin. This could potentially cause allergies and other skin reactions if you bathe your dog with the wrong shampoo.

Start from the neck and work your way down. This keeps you from getting too much shampoo on a specific area because it could cause irritation or redness.


Start bathing your dog by wetting its coat thoroughly with warm water. Apply shampoo, starting at the neck and working downwards to avoid getting it in their eyes. Always massage the shampoo down towards the skin, not up towards the hair, as this can cause dirt to accumulate on top of the fur instead of being rinsed away correctly!

Be gentle around eyes and ears. Be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly. You can bathe them twice if you want; be sure that the second round of shampoo is thoroughly rinsed off before drying begins.

After you bathe your pup dry with a soft towel and use the hairdryer on its coat only - never go near their ears or face with it. Keep your dog bathed in short sessions. Bathing excessively can dry out their skin and irritate them. If they get dirty again before their next bath, wipe them down with pet wipes instead!

Dry Correctly

Don't just dry your dog with a towel. There are specific steps to follow when you bathe and dry your dog. To bathe, you should start with shampooing your dog using a rubber brush to get the dirt out of the coat and skin. Then rinse your dog and apply a conditioner. Rinse again, then dry with a towel or hair blower until he is just damp.

Final Thoughts

Most dogs only need to be bathed when they seem dirty or oily, but many people like to bathe their dogs monthly to reduce "doggy odour."

Always use a gentle shampoo that is intended for dogs. Depending on your dog's skin and coat condition, your veterinarian may recommend a specific shampoo.

In this case, be sure to follow your veterinarian's instructions about bathing. If your dog needs to be bathed more than once a month, you may need to find another way of keeping his skin and coat clean.

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