Bathing your dog can be an exercise in patience. But if you start with regular baths early in their life, both of you will become pros.
Knowing how often to bathe your dog is based on a few different things, but it mostly comes down to the type of fur they have and what kind of things they are getting into.
Bathing once a month is perfect for most dogs. But if you're dog has oily fur, you may need to wash them as much as once per week. Most short-haired dogs like beagles can do with less frequent bathing and dogs with water-repellent coats like golden retrievers should be bathed much less often to maintain the natural oils in their fur. Dogs that have thick hair, like a husky, need fewer baths but more brushing.
If your pup loves to swim in the lake, dig and roll around in dirt piles, or jump in mud puddles (like that little mud monster up there) then you'll probably want to bathe them more often.
Make sure that you have all the supplies you need nearby. Brush, shampoo, a mat for the bottom of your tub, and a pitcher or container of some sort to pour water over your pup. You'll also want lots of towels and you should wear older clothes because you're going to get wet.
First brush your dog. Get out any mats or tangles as these will hold water once he's wet and that can lead to skin irritation.
You may also want to clip their nails before they get into the bath. This will prevent them from scratching you and the bottom of your tub.
If your dog is small, bathe them in your kitchen sink or utility sink, if you have one. It will be easier on your knees and you'll have a much better angle on them. If your dog is too big for the sink, you're headed for the bathtub.
Bathtubs are slippery. Lay down a towel or bathmat at the bottom of your tub/sink without blocking the drain. It will give your dog something to grip onto, making them feel safer.
We also recommend using a drain strainer when you're letting the water out of the tub so that you don't clog your drain with fur.
Fill the bath tub up to their knee level. It should be warm, but not hot.
Here's a quick tip: Open all the bottle caps of any bottles before hand so you're not wrestling with the pooch and bottles simultaneously.
During the bath:
Throughout this process, talk to your dog in a calm and soothing voice. They often look to you on how they should react to certain situations. So if you're calm, they will be calm.
If your pup is really nervous or scared, you might want a helper to hold onto them and keep them feeling safe.
Use the pitcher or container to get your dog good and wet with the warm water before you start with the shampoo.
Then, get a Toonie sized amount of World of Angus Dog Shampoo in your hand and wipe it down the middle of their back. From there, working from the neck back, lather it into their fur. You might want to use a wet brush here to make sure it really gets down to the skin.
Make sure you get in their arm pits and down their legs. And don't forget in between their toes!
Rinse off all the shampoo really well. Use the pitcher or container to gentle dump water all over their back. Any left over shampoo can potentially irritate their skin, so be very thorough.
Then take a pea sized amount of Dog Shampoo, rub it between your hands and massage it into their head. Be very careful with this step. You don't want to get it in their ears or in their eyes.
Rinse the soap from their head by tilting their head back with one hand and very gently pouring water over their head. Again, be thorough with this.
Throughout this process, be very gentle and calm. That's the most important tip we can give you for bathing your dog at home.
When you've removed all the shampoo from your pup, pick them up out of the tub and place them on a clean dry towel. Give them a good gentle rub all over with another dry towel to get any excess water off of them. Preferably, do this before they shake and get water everywhere.
Dry well around their ears since excess water can lead to ear infection.
At this point you can use a blowdryer to dry them, or let them air dry. Just don't let your dog run around outside until they are completely dry.
And that's it! Your dog will be feeling clean and happy that whole process is over. With a bit of practice, you'll get faster and your dog will get used to it so don't stress out too much if the first time was a little stressful.
Regularly brushing your dog will keep their fur and skin feeling great. It will also help them get used to you touching their paws, ears and face.