Keeping your dog clean can be a chore, as dogs seem to find the muddiest of puddles to splash about, so it’s no surprise to how dirty they can get. So to keep your dog well groomed and clean check out our handy tips below:
The most important thing is to get your dog used to having a bath as early as you can. Some dogs will love a good bath, and some will hate it. Let your dog play with their favourite toys and then bring them into the bath where hopefully they will behave.
Provide little treats along the way to give your dog reassurance he/she is doing well. Water should be lukewarm and no hotter and a rubber mat ill ensure your dog feels confident on his feet whilst most importantly preventing your dog from slipping.
How to Bath your Dog:
Your dog will frequently need a good wash dependent on how dirty they are especially after walkies and is great for keeping your dogs coat nice and clean. Before your start have several super-absorbent towels and a good quality dog shampoo and brush your dogs coat to remove all those loose hair and tangles.
- Test the temperature of the water (ideal temp should be lukewarm) then entice your dog into the bath with a treat
- Cover your dog in water, by using the shower head or jug. Be prepared to get wet, as your dog will 100% attempt to shake their coat dry.
- Once your dog is wet from head to tail, begin to apply the shampoo into a good lather into your dogs coat. Avoid getting shampoo near eyes, eyes and mouth.
- Rinse coat thoroughly ensuring not to leave any shampoo in the coat as it may cause irritation.
- Dry your dog with either a hair dryer on a low temperature setting or a super absorbent towel.
Pamper your Dog:
Grooming is a great way to show your dog you love them. We all know dogs love attention so pamper your dog. Brushing your dog helps to keep your dogs coat and skin healthy by removing dead hair and spreading natural oils, whilst caring for your dogs teeth, ears and eyes reducing the risk of your dog developing diseases. Look out for any lumps, bumps, fleas and ticks when grooming your dog.
It’s always best practice to ensure you have the right grooming equipment for your dog’s coat type. There are various types of brushes you can use:
Combes or Rakes – Ideally used to penetrate thick hair to detangle and remove the undercoat. When looking for a suitable comb make sure that the combs teeth are roughly the same length as your dog’s coat to ensure that the comb reaches the undercoat but not enough to irritate the skin.
De-Shedder Tool: When your dog is moulting this removes the dead undercoat
Slicker Brush – Used on dogs with medium to long haired coats, this brush has lots of fine, short wires close to each other on a flat surface. They are great at removing dead hair and stimulating the skin and coat.
Bristle Brush – Used to remove dirt and debris from coats of short and smooth haired dogs.
Pinhead Brushes – Suitable for brushing out tangles on long-haired, curly haired dogs with undercoats.
Grooming Mitt – Used on short haired dogs to remove dead hairs, massage and stimulate the skin.