10 Soggy Tips On How To Wash Your Dog

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
For the sweetest smelling pooch on the block, follow these tips on how to wash your dog

Who doesn’t love that wet dog smell? Okay, we’re just joking around, but we do love the way a dog smells after a bath. We’ve put together some soggy tips you can use to wash your dog the right way. Get into all those furry nooks and crannies (don’t forget behind her ears) and always be prepared for a dog that may bolt! Read on to find out our 10 soggy tips on how to wash your dog.

  1. Have everything you need at hand. Towels, shampoo, conditioner, a wash cloth, a comb or brush, and treats – make sure all of these things are ready to go and at your side by the bathtub or sink before Fido hits the water. You don’t want to leave an unattended dog in a bathtub. You may find yourself chasing a wet dog around your house.
  2. Test the water. Not too hot, not too cold… make sure it’s just right. You don’t want to leave your dog shivering or burn her skin.
  3. Brush out her coat before getting it wet. Brushing will help relax your dog before tub time, which can help if you have a pooch that’s not too fond of the bath. As well, it gets rid of any tangles or mats, which you need to remove before getting your dog wet.
  4. The right shampoo makes all the difference. Make sure you pick a quality shampoo for your dog, especially if she has existing skin issues. Some shampoos are just made for puppies, while others deal with fleas and ticks. Read the labels before purchasing.
  5. Wet the coat and then start shampooing. It’s time to get your doggy soggy! Wet your dog completely from head to tail. Start at the head and work your way down. Get some shampoo in those often missed places, like behind the ears and in between her toes. If your dog is anxious, use this time to give your pooch a massage.
  6. Wash that cute little face. This is probably the part your dog will dislike the most. Use a damp cloth to wash around the eyes, mouth and ears. Be careful not to get shampoo into these areas – it stings and doesn’t taste good. If your dog has floppy ears, get in there with the damp cloth. But be sure to dry them, as floppy ears are prone to ear infections.
  7. Rinse it off. Time to get rid of all that dirty shampoo, so give your dog a good rinse. Rinse off your dog until the water runs clear. If there’s shampoo around her face, use a wash cloth to wipe it away.
  8. Towel off. Wrap up your wet pooch and rub her down gently. Get inside of her ears and around her eyes. If you can, finish this part outside – she’ll shake once you take the towel off and it can get messy.
  9. Hair dry. You can use a hair dryer on your dog, just be sure to keep it at a low and warm setting. Keep the dryer at a distance, as you don’t want to burn her skin. Once she is dry, feel free to spruce her smell with a dog perfume. And you should take this time to add a drop or two of rinse that will help the insides of her ears dry out
  10. You’re finished! Congrats on your fresh smelling dog. Be sure to celebrate with some treats for a job well done.
Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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