Thursday, September 16, 2010

7 Great Tips for Bathing Your Dog

Hey there everyone, I don't have a dog right now but I thought of sharing this article to you from Below are 7 great tips for bathing your dog.

For most of us, bathing our dogs can be a far cry from "fun" - in fact, it can be a real chore. Some dogs hate it, some tolerate it and very few love it.

Here are some tips on making bathing your dog easy.

1. Get EVERYTHING you need together. Get the shampoo, brush, comb, hose, cotton, towel - all the stuff you think you will need together.

2. Location, location, location. Figure out where you will bathe your dog. Some sall dogs are easy to bathe in the sink. Bath and tub showers work for bigger dogs - and better yet, outside can work well.

3. HELP. Make sure you have enough help. Bathing your dog by yourself can be a challenge. An extra set of hands to hold your dog or do the "washing" while you do the holding can make a big difference.

4. Protect your pet's eyes and ears. Make sure you don't get water in the ears and shampoo in the eyes. These are common causes of eye ulcers and ear infections. Use water around the face only using a washcloth. Place cotton in the ears before you bathe and remember to take out afterward. Dry the ears with a cotton ball or paper towel.

5. Consider a good dog bather. Grooming can be expensive. Dog bathers will hold the shampoo inside and run water through it. It can make a BIG difference in how quickly and smoothly washing you do the job. We tested some different products and really like the Petjet.. It will wet, shampoo and rinse your dog with no scrubbing and no mess. And it allows you to use your own shampoo - which means it will even work with your dog's special prescription shampoos. And it works great. You can do it all with one hand and hold your dog with the other, so it's really easy. It can work outside on your garden hose or inside on your sink.

6. Be patient. Bathe your dog when you have the time to do it but have patience as well. Stressing and yelling at your dog will only make it that much harder next time you try to bathe your dog.

7. Plenty of positive reinforcement. Praise your dog when he is good. Give treats. This will make him remember the good bits about getting a bath.

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