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Tips for Dog Bathing

Keeping your dog clean is a great way to prevent the rest of your home from becoming smelly or dirty, but the process can be quite a mess in itself. While you hate to put yourself, your dog and your home through this sloppy process, it often becomes more necessary than ever in the summer months, when your dog is digging and rolling around in who-knows-what.

But dog bathing doesn’t have to be a soapy, hairy frenzy. With a little bit of preparation and the right tools, you can make the process smoother and more enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.

  1. Introduce your dog to the bathtub - Dogs can be a little thrown off guard when placed in a confined space they’ve never been in before and then sprayed with water and lathered with suds. Try putting your dog in the tub without any water and just petting him for a bit. After doing this a couple of times, put him in the tub again with a little bit of water running so he gets used to the noise. And the first time you actually bathe him, keep the water shallow so he isn’t overwhelmed by it.
  2. Thoroughly brush your dog before bathing - If your dog has several dead hairs stuck in her fur, this will cause more matting and tangling when the hair gets wet. If you brush your pet before bathing, you’ll help prevent matting and capture more hair in the brush, rather than having it clog your drain and dirty your bathtub. For quick and easy hair grooming, try the BISSELL ShedAway® Pet Grooming Attachment. It connects to your vacuum hose and allows you to remove excess hair from your pet without a mess.
  3. Place a screened cover over the drain - This will catch the pet hair in the tub before it clogs up your drain. Also, you can remove and clean this screen, which is much easier than trying to clean the drain in your tub.

Remember that dogs shouldn’t be bathed too much; doing it too often can irritate your dog’s skin. Using a shampoo designed for pets – not for humans – will also help prevent irritation and keep your dog’s coat looking good.


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June 1, 2011

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