3 Tips to Easily Bathe Your Dog at Home

dog bathWhile you might be comfortable bathing yourself regularly, you may be less thrilled about the idea of cleaning your dog. For far too many pet owners, this task can seem like an especially arduous one. However, we’re happy to help. Allow us to demystify the process and explain our top tips for easily giving your dog a bath at home.

How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

When it comes to bath time, the first thing you may be wondering is how often you should give your dog a bath. The ASPCA recommends quarterly cleaning. So, we suggest that every 3 months you set aside some time on your calendar to attend to this task.

However, there’s an important caveat—if your dog is very active or has skin problems, plan to bathe him more frequently.

Any Tips or Tricks to Make Dog Baths Easier?

Absolutely! Bathing your pup doesn’t need to be a chore. With good preparation and a relaxed mindset, you can easily achieve great results. We recommend the following to make the experience as simple as possible:

1. Grab the Right Supplies.

At a minimum, you should have treats, several towels, a brush, cotton balls, a large cup for rinsing, and shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Shampoo designed for people can be irritating to dogs, even if it’s just baby shampoo.

Once you have your supplies, you’ll want to prepare your dog. Start by brushing your dog thoroughly—doing so will remove any matting and snarls that will worsen if they get wet. Then, grab the cotton balls and gently place them in your dog’s ears to prevent water from entering the ear canal.

After you’ve gotten your dog ready, set a towel down on the floor of the bathtub to prevent slipping and help your dog feel more at ease. Then, prepare the bath by running lukewarm water before setting your dog in the tub.

This is a great time to make use of those treats! Once your dog’s in the water, reward him with a snack and offer encouraging words of praise.

2. Work from the Neck Down.

Begin shampooing from the neck down, being careful not to get water on your dog’s face. To clean that area, just run over it with a damp washcloth.

After you’ve finished shampooing, rinse your dog off thoroughly using clean water from the tap and a cup or a sprayer. Again, rinsing makes another great opportunity for sharing treats and gentle encouragement.

3. Dry Off Your Dog Completely.

Once you’ve finished rinsing, remove your dog from the bathtub and begin drying him. You can use a towel or for more rapid results, a hairdryer on a cool setting. Some dogs find the noise of a hairdryer upsetting, so use whichever method makes your dog most comfortable. And do we need to say it? Yes, end the session with a treat!

Those are our top tips for stress-free dog bathing. However, if you don’t have the time or desire to wash your dog, we know an even easier way to get him clean—bring him to Beechwold Vet!

At Beechwold, we’re pleased to offer dog grooming services for your canine companion. Schedule your dog’s next bath by contacting our Columbus office at 614.268.8666 during normal business hours. For your convenience, we’re open until 6:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 3:30 on Saturdays.