Bathing your furry friend

By 

Aleja Sierra

PUBLISHED: January, 2022

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We'd like to share with you a few tips that can help you in bathing your dog and making the process efficient and effective for you both.

1. Never bathe your dog directly after a meal because the likelihood of being sick is high. It can result in gastric distress, bloating, etc. This will only reinforce the idea to your dog that having a bath is a negative occurrence and ensure that he or she is reluctant to go through it all again. Leave at least 90 minutes to 2 hours either side of the bath for your dog to digest food or calm down to help digestion afterwards.

2. The water temperature has to be luke warm and comfortable enough for them to stand in it or under it. Try putting a little water on his or her paw to begin with and watch for the reaction. If they are just concerned about being wet rather than the temperature then it is ready!

3.It's important to rinse twice to get all the shampoo and conditioner out of your dog’s fur. When you feel like rinsing is complete, keep going. Residue from cleansers may irritate your dog’s skin if too much is left behind. Work methodically from your dog’s neck down to their tail and gently massage their coat to allow the water to reach their skin. 

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4.Take care around your dog’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth during bath time. Ingesting shampoo or conditioner may upset their stomach. Avoid your dog’s mouth and discourage them from drinking bath water.‌

5. Give your dog time to see that the blow dryer may be noisy, but it isn't scary. It may help to start farther away from their head and work your way up, also move the dryer in circular motions.

Don’t force it when trying to dry your dog with a hair dryer. If you see that it’s starting to scare the dog, you should stop and try again some other time.

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