How do I Make Dog Bathing Easier?

How do I Make Dog Bathing Easier?

One of the most dreaded things in caring for a dog, aside from taking them to the vet for shots, is bathing—at least for many dog owners. However, it doesn’t need to be a chore when you follow some tips that will make it a pleasure (yes, you read that right) to bathe your fur baby. So, sit back and scroll down to see the ten tips to make bath time a cinch.

Make Bathing Your Dog Easier

Everyone should know how to bathe a dog, right? It’s not that hard. You get the dog in the bath, lather some shampoo on them, and then rinse them off. Easy peasy, right? Well, it should be, but some dog breeds will fight tooth and nail to even go in the bathroom, let alone the tub. When you follow the following tips that include having the right shampoo, towel, finding the right time, and more, your dog will welcome bathtime.

Keep reading to learn the ten tips on bathing your dog.

 How do I Make Dog Bathing Easier?

Ten Tips to Ensure a Pleasant Bath Time

Veterinary dermatologists used to suggest bathing dogs less often, so it didn’t strip the natural oils from a dog’s coat. Now, they’ve changed their tune and say weekly bathing is a good idea and even beneficial. Here are ten tips to make sure dog bathing is a fun and bonding experience.

  1. Get the right shampoo. Just like humans, it’s important to find the right shampoo for different breeds. Some dogs have sensitive skin and need a shampoo that accommodates it. Finding the right shampoo may just involve calling your vet and getting their advice, or checking online for your breed and getting suggestions from other pet owners or vets. For instance, oatmeal shampoo is great for dogs that have sensitive skin and need a gentle formula.
  2. Consider a bath tool, such as the Kong Zoom Groom, that helps reduce shedding right in the tub. It works by loosening fur already to drop, so it goes down the drain and not on your carpet or furniture. What’s great is that it works deeply into your dog’s skin, giving them a gentle, relaxing massage.
  3. Protect their eyes and ears. Yes, that should be self-explanatory, but many times, we put our hand or a washcloth over our fur baby’s eyes to keep water and shampoo out of them. Does it really work, though? And, we don’t cover their ears, for the most part, which is partly why they shake afterward to drain their ears. Instead, talk with your vet about getting some bland eye ointment and then showing you how to apply it. Also, put a cotton ball in each of their ear canals to prevent water from getting in them, and then remove them after the bath.
  4. Brush your doggo. A great tip is brushing your pup before you bathe them. This works because it helps the shampoo get deep into their coat and works out any mats before the water bunches them up. Gently cut out or pick apart the mats before you bathe them.
  5. Get a dog towel. Amazon or other pet stores sell dog towels that absorb water much better than regular towels. Microfiber ones work great and sop up water like a sponge, making it much better to towel-dry your Lab that will generally take a couple of towels or a large beach towel. Get a few, one for draping over the dog right after rinsing, allowing them to shake and not get you, the walls, or floor wet. The other is for drying them after.
  6. Block the drain. Putting a ball of steel wool in the drain before bathing catches the dog hair, so it doesn’t plug up the drain; this is especially helpful if you have a large dog that sheds heavily. 
  7. Offer a reward. Yeah, I know this is debatable, but it does work. For dogs that absolutely hate the water, (yes there are some) offer a small