Bathing dogs might seem a fun-filled time when you watch it in movies. But in real life, it is not a positive experience most of the time. Here is the right way to bathe your dog.
Have a positive association
Try to tie the bath with something positive. You can offer treats, toys, or affection for getting your dog to bath. You can encourage them to hop into an empty tub and give them time to spend some time there. You can give treats and toys while you add warm water.
Protect the ears
You should be careful that water doesn’t get into the dog’s ears while you are bathing him. It is very uncomfortable and cause health problems. You can try putting cotton balls into his ears.
If you have a puppy, then start bathing him. This way he will get used to it and won’t have any negative association toward it.
Use the proper shampoo
You should choose shampoo carefully. Don’t put on a shampoo that dries their skin out or makes them scratch their skin. Use a mild shampoo that cleans well and removes unpleasant odors.
Start from the neck down
You should keep the dog’s eyes and mouth safe. You can do this by washing from neck downwards. You can use a sprayer to wash your dog.
Some people use dog blow dryers. But the feel and noise might be uncomfortable for the dog and there is risk of burning his skin. You can towel off your dog instead. You can find absorbent dog towels in the market.
Forming pleasant association during bath time, you can form a strong bond with your dog. You need to have patience while bathing your dog.