Bath time for most dogs is no fun and for their humans as well. It means decoding that BATH word as most dogs learn this even more quickly than the word FOOD. Well getting the dog into the bathtub or outside and ready means no-so-fun chasing, holding, leashing, scratches, run-a-ways and even pouting for hours after and not coming near you.
If bath time is not for you then consult one of your local groomers in your area. In the Savannah or Effingham, Georgia there are many to choose from. For those that like to take their dog and drop them off, you can take them to PetSmart or even Top Dog Grooming. If you’re looking to have the groomer come to you then check out Barking Bubbles-Spa or Pawsitive Mobile Grooming.
We all have to do it and some just wait a lot longer than others to bath your dog. When your dog smells like a wet dog or just smells when petting them, it is time to do the deed. You do not want to wash your dog too often as it can take away too many natural oils that help protect the dog’s skin from drying out too.
Here are some tips to help make the job easier:
1. Start bathing your dog regularly at a young age to get him used to the process. Remember, puppies should be at least four weeks old before they receive their first bath. You do not want them getting too cold at an early age as they are still trying to regulate their temperature.
2. Before giving your dog a bath indoors, make sure the house is warm. Turn up the thermostat a few degrees if necessary. Do your prep work and have everything ready ahead of time; you don't want to be scrambling for shampoo or a towel while you're trying to wash the dog.
3. Start by combing and brushing out all mats. Otherwise, the water will turn the mats into solid masses which will require clippers or scissors to remove. If your dog's hair is matted with paint, tar or some other sticky material, trim with clippers or soak the area with vegetable or mineral oil for 24 hours. If your pet has extremely bad mats, consult your local pet groomer.
4. Bathe your dog as quickly as possible to make the process less annoying for both of you. Be thorough and do a good cleaning, but whether you're using an indoor tub or shower or washing him in the yard, do it as quickly as possible. Make sure to dry your dog immediately. Use a good pet chamois, lots of big soft towels, or a hair dryer set to a low setting. If you don't dry him, he will "shake off" all the water on you, your house or anything nearby! Some will do this anyways.
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