“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, then things won’t ever be that bad.”
Trying to get your much-loved fur-baby clean isn’t always the easiest thing to do. However, if you’ve got a plan and an approach that puts them more at ease you can get it done more simply.
Let’s have a look at a number of issues surrounding dog washing and how you might overcome them, from simple questions like where to bathe them to interesting solutions for how to clear up the mess afterwards. So let’s check out some helpful ways to make cleaning easier!
Where To Wash
The key point is to choose somewhere you have plenty of space.
Depending on the size of your dog it could be a big sink or your bath. Both work really well, as you’ve got the water right there.
Alternatively you could wash your dog outside with a garden hose. This can work well if your dog’s on board with the experience, but it really doesn’t go smoothly if your canine companion isn’t keen! So we’re going to focus on using the bath or sink to get your dog clean.
It’s important to get your dog ready for washing before you begin. That means a little bit of pre-wash grooming. Sort out any straggly hair, clip your dog’s nails if they’re happy for you to do so, and gather up all the supplies that you’ll need.
This has two positive outcomes: it gets your dog used to the idea of what’s coming, and it makes sure nothing catches when you do bathe them.
Making Your Dog Feel Safe
Probably the biggest part of making bath time easier is making your dog feel secure. Before you even think about washing them in a bath or sink, let them get in and explore, without any H2O involved.
The more familiar they are with the setting the less stress there’ll be. Talk to your dog to soothe them when you do take the plunge, and always use warm water so there’s less of a shock. Time, perseverance and patience are key.
Using The Right Shampoo
The first thing to say is don’t use your shampoo! Dog shampoo is specially formulated and there are different types for different dogs.
Use a pH-balanced shampoo, and make sure you do a little research to find out what the right product is for your breed.
The Final Clear Up
After you’ve thoroughly washed your dog, give them a good dry and plenty of cuddles. Reinforcement and reassurance will always help the process.
After that you need to make sure you clean off everything from the sink or tub. Use an antibacterial cleaner if it’s an area that others use, and finish off with a polish.
You don’t have to look far for inspiration to get your porcelain sink or tub back to their sparkly best – try a squeeze of toothpaste on a sponge, get scrubbing and you’ll be surprised at the results!
It’s also very useful to clean and deodorise the drain too. If you spill any on your clothes don’t panic, as you can learn how to get rid of toothpaste stains when you click here.
Now that you’ve got a few tips for cleaning your dog you can look forward to enjoying this time together.