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What are some good dog bathing tips?

asked 2017-03-29 16:52:27 -0500

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answered 2017-03-30 12:53:43 -0500

If you are not a professional groomer, be sure to not get water in their ears. Use cotton balls to block any water from getting through. Afterwards, use baby oil with the cotton ball and gently clean the ears. Be sure to not go too far down into the ear to avoid injury. I suggest laying your dog down after his bath at a time when he is already resting to place a few drops of ear wash and massage into the ear. Once massaged in and after a minute allow the dog to get up and shake his head to get out the left over ear wash. Then wipe down with a clean, dry cotton ball. Do the same for the other side. Don't forget to give your pup a hug and kiss for being good about it. Reinforce positivity.

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answered 2017-03-29 18:37:03 -0500

Here are some tips that help me:

  • Create a positive experience with bath time. Give them encouragement or even a treat or two. We want to create a positive association with bath time so that our pups aren't scared or anxious
  • Organize your bathing supplies before starting the bath. That way you don't have to run around getting your shampoo, towel, etc with a wet dog trying to escape!
  • Use multiple towels: One to cover the floor, one for drying, and even one to prevent shaking
  • Use warmer water to make it enjoyable
  • Block to drain with a hair catcher so that your pup's hair won't clog the drain
  • Buy a non-slip mat to prevent accidents

Hope that helps :)

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