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Dog Bath Tips

How should I wash my dog ​​and how often?

Steps and recommendations to bathe a dog

We know. Sometimes it’s hard to get them bathed … But what a remedy! We teach you step by step how to wash a dog and answer the most frequently asked questions.


Steps and tips to wash a dog

First of all:

  • You should remove the dog’s necklaces before bathing , since you will need to wash the neck area well and also if the collar is nylon it would stay wet for a long time and if it is leather it could shrink and drown the dog.
  • If the dog has spots of resin or similar it is advisable to eliminate them before bathing. With a cotton soaked in olive oil we can rub them and they will disappear.
  • With a sterile gauze and physiological saline (or boiled water) carefully clean your ears before bathing. Remember to drain the gauze well before doing so that water does not enter.
  • Clean your eyes with serum and a different cotton or gauze than the one you use with your ears (it can also be with chamomile infusion made with boiled water) to remove legañas.
  • Remember to take special care with your eyes, ears, nose and mouth when bath time .

steps to wash a dog

You will need to:

  • Dog brush
  • Towel
  • Shampoo for dog
  • Anti-slip shower mat
  • Hair dryer
  • Carpet or towel to leave the dog when leaving the bathroom
  • Put on old clothes or do not mind if you get wet
  • Container to pour water without the shower hose (optional)
  • The bathtub, shower, washbasin, sink or a basin (depends on the size of the dog)

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We can wash our dog outside if it is very hot. Remove excess water with a towel and dry in the sun.

Steps to wash a dog:

  1. Make sure that the shampoo is right. It must be shampoo for dogs, never people. If one day we stay without dog shampoo we can use a very soft one of humans, but only if it is an emergency.
  2. The place of the bath should be warm without being scorching, never wash where you can catch a cold or where the current of air runs.
  3. Brush and untangle your hair to remove dust and dead hair. We can shake it too.
  4. Use the most appropriate place: The bathtub, shower or big bowl if the dog is large, and if it is a small dog, better the sink, the sink or a small bowl.
  5. Check that the water is warm or warm, without burning. That has a pleasant temperature. We will wet the dog and rinse it before applying the shampoo.
  6. If the dog is very afraid to start washing it from the bottom up, if it is not afraid,we can start from the neck down . In the beginning, avoid getting your head wet.
  7. Apply the shampoo first on our hands if possible and foam, then apply it to the dog. Soap it by doing a small massage and rinse. After wetting his head protecting his ears (careful, you should not get water) and soap away from the eyes.
  8. Rinse very carefully and give an extra rinse to the whole dog (remember to leave it well rinsed). Much careful with your eyes, ears, mouth and nose.
  9. Drain the dog by running your hands through it in the direction of its coat to eliminate excess. Then with a dry towel removes moisture and let the dog shake if you want.
  10. Leave the dog on the dry carpet or towel on the floor.
  11. Dry the dog in its entirety with the use of the dryer. We must use it at a distance of at least 30 centimeters so that it does not burn and keep moving it constantly. Then we can give it a final brush.

Praise your dog and if you can give him a candy or prize for dogs at the end of the bath.

how to wash dog

How often should a dog be bathed or washed?

It depends, but approximately  once a month , if we can not irritate your skin. If the dog is short-haired and / or does not smell, it may be longer without bathing, simply with a good brushing would be enough. We can wash it on occasion if it has been soiled a lot, but preferably with water (try not to use the shampoo more than once a month) .

How to soothe and bathe a dog that hates water?

There are dogs that are not used to washing them and others that hate water. Here are some recommendations to try to relax:

  • Put a non-slip rubber mat so it does not slip and prevent it from freaking out and slipping inside the bathtub.
  • Speak in a soft, relaxed and sweet tone to calm him down. Give him caresses.
  • We can give you some of your favorite toys and / or a snack to encourage it.
  • Do not shout or scold him. I could associate it with something bad and still have more fear.
  • Avoid having objects or shampoo bottles around the bathtub that can fall , the fact that they fall will make them even more nervous.
  • It is not advisable to give them a shower; the water under pressure scares them more. We can fill something in the bathtub and with a container we are pouring water.
  • The water should be warm, but do not burn . In summer better tempered. Never cold 
  • Leaving the bathroom door open can prevent the dog’s claustrophobia from feeling trapped.
  • Wash it with the help of another person if we see that it is impossible to wash it ourselves.

If you want to avoid future fears of water, it is best to start accustoming them to the bathroom since they were small (from the 5th week of age).


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What if I never wash my dog?

If the dog is in a field or is outdoors and is in good health (has its vaccines, flea collar or pipette …) and we notice total normality in it, nothing would happen if it is not washed . With a good brushing often to remove dead hair and dust  would be enough.

In an apartment or apartment would not be the same , surely we would notice more the smell of dog and also  not an unhygienic idea , especially if the dog climbs to our sofa or bed.


If you do not see yourself able to do it or it is impossible even following these tips, it is best to take it to a canine hairdresser and have it done by professionals.

If your dog shows signs of itching or redness after bathing consult with the veterinarianand stop using the dog shampoo you are using, it may be an allergic reaction or you may not have shampoo removed properly.


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