Bathing a Dog – How to Do It the Right Way


Bathing a dog needs to be given more emphasis these days. This is because of the fact that if you are careless in bathing, the animal may end up having an infection.


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The “How To's” for Bathing a Dog


Cotton Balls


For example, if you don’t close the ears with large cotton balls, the water may enter into the ear canals and may cause an ear infection with signs like constant discharge from the ears and shaking of the head.




The frequency for bathing a dog actually depends on the breed of the dog. If the dog is of a hairy type like the cocker spaniel, then the bathing should be carried out once every six to eight weeks.


If these breeds are bathed too frequently, then the skin and coat loose their protective characteristics.


However, if the dog has defecated on the skin due to frequent digestive upsets leading to diarrhea, to avoid the bad smell, the dog may be subjected to frequent bathing at times by its owners.


Soaps and Shampoos for Bathing a Dog


Take care in avoiding some irritant soaps especially human soaps. The soap materials used for human beings are not suitable for dogs.


Similarly, many human shampoo products have some ingredients that are not suitable in the proportions that are to be used in the case of bathing a dog.


Hence, always try to use the shampoo products that are recommended mainly for use on dogs. Take more care in using any new product when bathing dogs.


Time and Patience


Always take your time and be patient when looking for products required for bathing in one place with an available water source.

Most dogs love the sprinkling of water from rivers, and oceans.


Everything You Need for Bathing a Dog


When you are using a bathtub, have everything you need in one place first and then start bathing a dog. Try to have a leash, conditioner, towel, and shampoo within easy reach.




Conditioner is helpful to make the dogs coat softer and more pliable for easier combing later. Bathing a dog should be an enjoyable activity for both the dog and the owner. This should not be a burden or a chore to put off.


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