Whether your dog needs trimming every couple of weeks, or it never needs cutting at all, chances are you’ve needed to give your dog a bath at least once in its life.
A sneaky roll in fox poo, a dive into a smelly lake, or just a muddy walk often end in a quick hose-down. To get the most out of bath time, follow our simple tips…
It all begins with a brush
Start by brushing your dog to remove all the loose and matted hair.
You should brush your dog regularly, some groomers recommend once a day, to keep the hair in good condition. Brushing spreads natural oils in the coat and keeps the skin clean.
Different breeds have different coats, so the way you brush your pet – and how often – can vary.
Short coat dogs
Dogs: Greyhound, Jack Russell Terrier, Pug
How often: Once a week
Brush type: Rubber brush
Medium-length coat dogs
Dogs: Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Siberian Husky
How often: Once a week
Brush type: Wire pin brush or soft to medium bristle brush
Long coat dogs
Dogs: Maltese, Shih-Tzu, Bichon Frise
How often: Every other day, or as soon as your dog starts to look matted
Brush type: Pin brush or rotating toothcomb
If your dog has a longer, softer coat, then mats can bunch up anywhere. The most common areas are under the armpits, behind the ears and on the backs of the thighs.
Be patient with mats. Use pet conditioner to separate the hair by hand, and then comb the mat out very gently. Make sure brushing remains a pleasurable experience, or the whole thing will become unnecessarily stressful for you and your dog.
Now it’s time for a bath
Bathtime should be fun, so keep these handy pointers in mind…
What about eye gunk?
If your dog always seems to have ‘sleep’ in its eyes then you can get rid of this with some cotton wool balls.
Just dampen the cotton wool in a bowl of lukewarm water and rub the eye gently in a downward motion.
Tip: Use different cotton wool balls for each eye – if there’s an infection in one eye, this will stop it spreading to both.
We’ve listed the basics. Things like cutting your dog’s hair, clipping its nails and cleaning out its ears are things that should probably be left to a professional groomer.
But brushing and bathing are definitely things you should do regularly for a fresh and pampered pooch.