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How to wash your dog ? : Dogs Skin Care and Grooming Articles; Having a regular bath time is important from puppy-age up. Your dog may resist at first, but soon he/she will enjoy it. Here is full guide prepared in 5 easy steps on how to wash your dog at home : 1- Getting Ready : " src="http://gallery.vetarena.net/image-869.s.jpg" /> Gather all the ... How to wash your dog ?


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How to wash your dog ?

How to wash your dog ?

Having a regular bath time is important from puppy-age up. Your dog may resist at first, but soon he/she will enjoy it. Here is full guide prepared in 5 easy steps on how to wash your dog at home :

1- Getting Ready :How to wash your dog ?
Gather all the tools and items you may need like : towels, dog shampoo, dog conditioner (if needed) and sponge and lay it out so it's close at hand when needed but not in the way of getting kicked and splashed by the dog. Pull over the hose or turn on the water for the bathtub.



- keep in mind that dogs have more sensitive skin so keep the water temperature lukewarm to warm.

- Selecting a good shampoo : If your dog scratches a lot, decide if the scratching is from parasites, allergies, or simple skin irritation. Pick out a good flea or problem specific shampoo at stores. Some general dog shampoos are formulated with oatmeal to help reduce general irritation. If you have a puppy, check to make sure that he is old enough for the shampoo that you have chosen. Another good way way is to consult with your Vet about selecting a good shampoo based on your dog's skin issues.







2- Brush Your Dog :How to wash your dog ?
Before washing your dog its a great time to inspect for any skin / coat / health issues while relaxing and showing your dog some affection. If you spot any ticks, you may want to see a veterinarian to get it removed (or remove it (them) yourself ).



3- Washing Part -1 :How to wash your dog ?
First you should get your dog's coat wet then apply the shampoo. Start with the head. Make sure to massage shampoo into all of his creases, or rolls, like under his front legs and neck. For best results, use your thumbs or fingers to massage in a circular motion. Be sure to thoroughly scrub areas that are always seeming to get dirty.
Wash the head and face. This is very important if your dog has or has had flea problems. It will wash them on to the body and therefor make it easier to get rid of as many as possible.If your dog shampoo is not marked "will not sting eyes," Get a warm damp flannel and gently rub his face and under his chin. Use warmer water for this, as it also shocks any fleas, also aiding in getting rid of them.


- To avoid the possible ear problems, put clean cotton balls in your dog's ears (they will block water to enter your dog's ears.)

- Make sure you DO NOT get shampoo in your dogs eyes, nose, ears, or mouth.

- Inside ears is a favorite hiding place for fleas, but breeds with big ears (Shih-tzu, Bloodhound, Maltese, etc. are prone to infections if their ears are wet inside. For these dogs, wash inside only with a slightly damp washcloth, or try to clean it using a pair of hemostats and clean cotton balls.





4- Washing Part -2 :How to wash your dog ?
Rinse your dog until the water from his fur runs clear. Then rinse one more time. If your dog shies from rinsing his face, use your hand to bring water from the faucet to his face repeatedly to rinse. You can also use a wet washcloth and wash off the water with small circles.

- The key to reducing general irritation is to rinse your dog well after the bath. You might get a snap-on hose attachment designed to help you rinse your dog thoroughly. These snap-on attachments are available for both a sink (for the small dogs) or for the shower for larger dogs. Always rinse the dog with clean water, no rinse cups needed. Some of the snap-on attachments have nice long hoses and sprayers so you can simply hold the sprayer upside down under the dog to rinse the belly. Your dog will think it is at the spa! If it is during the summer, you may want to just wash your dog outside with the hose.






5- Drying :How to wash your dog ?
Get a towel, lay it over your dog's back, and rub your dog dry. Make sure you dry the inside of his ears also. A dog's instinct is to shake itself when wet, though, so be careful. In the winter, or for small dogs almost all the time, lay a dry towel on the floor and use a hair dryer and dog brush to dry and brush your dog.


- For dogs prone to ear infections and irritations, use 2 drops of a vet-supplied rinse that will help dry the ears.

- A dog is not washed properly until the hairs inside his ears have been pulled out; this is especially important for dogs prone to ear infections. (Ask your vet or and experienced dog groomer for more information.)

- You can also spray some dog perfume on your dog. You can get this at dog stores. Please note that some dogs may be allergic to some specific perfumes so consult your veterinarian before using any kins of perfumes


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2- Some parts of the article are re-written form wikihow.com


How to wash your dog ?