Does your dog loves Bath Time? Sugar is a golden retriever who loves water and always enjoys a refreshing bath. I started giving Sugar baths at home since she was a young pup. We always have fun pleasurable bath moments.
For some dogs and dog parents, bath times can be stressful. To have a pleasant bath time it is important to prepare your dog; no matter what age, breed and size.
Tips For Bathing Your Dog
3 Tips: Preparing Your Dog For A Bath
1. Find a creative way to make your dog associate “bath time” to something he/she loves.
2. Familiarize your dog with the bathtub (or bath area), the sounds of water & dryer and grooming tools that you’ll be using during & after the bath.
3. Help your dog to trust you; handing his/her paws, face, tail, and body (actions necessary to wash your dog).
3 Tips: Before Bathing Your Dog
1. Thoroughly brush your dog’s fur and remove all tangles and mats.
2. Prepare to do a mini-grooming like cleaning your dog’s ears and trimming/filing your dog’s nail.
3. For safety, remove your dog’s collar/harness/leash. If needed, use soft nylon or cotton collar/leash.
5 Tips: Bathing Your Dog
1. Find a suitable place to give your dog a bath.
We have a spacious indoor bathroom that is used for Sugar’s emergency bath. If the weather is nice, Sugar gets an outdoor bath. Most of the time, Sugar goes to a local doggy “self-wash” establishment.
2. Water temperature is critical to your dog’s bath time enjoyment. Make sure it’s warm but not too hot.
3. Choose the right water nozzle. It plays an important role for bathing your dog.
4. Make sure to use a shampoo made for dogs. There are several dog shampoos on the market; use a good quality shampoo that best suits your dog’s need.
Sugar uses several kinds of shampoo; depending on the weather and her skin condition. Sugar’s most recent bath, she used PL360 foaming oatmeal shampoo.
5. Drying a wet dog can be stressful. A super absorbent dog towel is a must. We are a big fan of Soggy Doggy Super Shammy. We’ve been a consumer of Super Shammy since 2013. It is so great that we’ve recommended to our local doggy “self-wash” establishment.
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Do you give your dog a bath?
Bathing your dog can be a fun, pleasurable bonding moment.
Lauren Miller (ZoePhee) says
Great tips! Sugar looks like she doesn’t mind baths. My girls are not fond of baths so after we are all done we have an “after bath party” with lots of treats and running around.
easy rider says
I will show that post to my staff, they need some good tips when it comes to bathtime again (hopenot the next 87 years lol). I like your oatmeal shame-poo…. I smell like a soy bean now :o(
Reilly & Denny says
Both my boys have had a bath once a month all their lives and yet they still hate it – water is just not something shelties in general like and my two won’t even step in a puddle !
Frankie and Ernie says
WE think Baffs are sort of EVIL and Torturous Thingys…. WE pawpose that instead of giving US Baffs… Peep switch to giving them to SQUIRRELS… We think that in NO TIME AT ALL…. there wouldn’t be a Squirrel in Sight.
We put a small towel down on the floor of the tub to give the dogs more secure footing.
D Johnson says
Make sure the water isn’t too hot and don’t turn on the faucet full-blast.
Jason Diehl says
get em in the tub and don’t turn your back for a second or poof, no more doggy in the tub
Sally T. says
One dog is good the other an escape artist.After baths both
get crazy and run around the house.
Sally T. says
We lay many towels down as one the dogs is an escape artist,so
we can never turn our back.We put on swim suits too.
Bath time is always a wet mess around here, but that is what the second bathroom is for I think.
Lots and lots of praise and high value treats- make it fun for them- or at least tolerable- and it will make it much easier for you.
Shelley Joy P says
I always talk to my dogs in a calm voice and tell them how good they are doing through the whole process. Then afterwards it’s a big celebration 🙂 with running around, playing games and having fun. This makes them enjoy bath time more.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
Start bathing from puppy on so they love bath time. My gang just loves baths they all stand in line and wait and then go back in after they are done.
Deborah W. says
We put a anti-slip mat or a towel in the bathtub when bathing our little girls to keep them from slipping. We also use about a half dozen towels. The Super Shammy looks like something we could really use.
Sally T. says
We use big beach towels on the floor.
Bell Fur Zoo says
Great tips Sugar! That Soggy Doggy Super Shammy is cool. Mom always has a hard time getting Matt dry!
Bonnie Day says
put cotton balls in the dogs ears so they don’t get soaked, Its best to brush out the dog before you wash your dog because wet mats are harder to work with and pull on the skin Always cover your dogs eyes when rinsing so the soap doesn’t get in their eyes
Sharon Gilbert says
I put my bathing suit on and get it the tub and used the shower head to wash and rinse the dogs. I have my husband waiting on the outside of the shower doors to towel dry the dogs before we open the bath room door so they don’t go running through the house.
Sharon Gilbert says
WOW! That looked so easy to bath and dry the dog.
Faith Collins says
We bathe our Bowser at home in the shower. We haven’t tried this tip yet but we will for B’s next bath: put your dogs ears in a shower cap to prevent too much water from getting in their ears while you’re bathing other parts of the body.
I sure hope this tip works as Bowser hates water in his ears and his floppy ears are susceptible to ear infections!
Sandy Weinstein says
i have a big wash tub in my laundry room, i bought a rubber shower mat, to keep the girls from sliding, the water still gets thru and it is soft and keeps them from sliding on the bottom. it has the suction cups on it.
Jessica B. says
Melvin requires a lot of happy and positive words. Also.. lots of treats! 🙂 Love all of your tips!!
Linda Szymoniak says
I try to make bathtime FUN. We do some playtime and cuddling before, and I give them plenty of loving on when they are being bathed (and slip a treat now and then) My dogs aren’t the best for getting baths, but we’ve managed to make it less stressful this way.
Bryn Nowell says
Bean is prone to ear infections, so we’re very cautious about water near her head and avoid it when giving her a bath!
Kimberly Hilbert says
My dog bathing tip would be to teach your dog to shake on command. That keeps us a little more dry during the process.
Daniel Scott says
I made a special connector that attaches to our wash machine. Now, we can wash our dogs with temperate water outside. It makes a big difference in the mess factor.
Lisa F. says
I put cotton balls in my dog’s ears when I give them baths to keep excess water from getting in there.
Ruth Epstein says
Layla hates bathing but I make sure her ears never get water in as that really drives her nuts
Multiple dogs? Start with the easiest ones first…
Margot C says
When I bath my dog I do it outside in a kiddies pool and I put a towel on the pool for him to stand on.
Sue H says
As a professional groomer, I try to give my clients advice on how to handle those in-between-groom baths. As stated in one of the Sugar’s tips, it is so important to make sure your pet is brushed before the bath. Regular brushing is the best way to keep those mats from forming. It also gives you the chance to really look at your pet’s coat and skin condition.
If your pet doesn’t like to be sprayed with water, try using a cup to pour water over him. If this method is used, it is very important to change the water in the tub as it gets soapy. Better to leave the drain open and fill the cup with clean water directly from the faucet. Leaving any soap residue in the coat can cause itching which leads to hair loss and skin sores. It also causes mats to form due to the sticky soap residue.
Consult your local groomer for help if you run into a problem. Groomers care about your dog whether you have a breed that requires special grooming or not. The only time I can’t take a phone call or talk with a walk-in is when I am working on a dog. So, if you call your groomer with a question, ask if they have time to chat or if another time would be better. I’m sure they will appreciate you asking and try to help you.
Sue H says
I have a Soggy Doggy doormat. Never thought to use it at the tub! What a great idea!
I wash my little dogs out side and dry them off with towel then blow dry them..
Diana Cote says
my dogs have never minded baths but one thing i was not a fun off was when they shake their fur while you are washing them, i got a pair of goggles and that helped as lot. i hated getting it in my eyes. lol
Lori Walker says
We always have cool water, not cold or hot.
Amy Orvin says
My bathing tip is to use a very gentle tear-free formula. Make the bathing experience as comfortable as possible.
Yes, because he likes them.
Cathy Truman says
I gave my Bailey baths at home with lots of towels on the floor and talk to him in
a calm voice and he gets treats.
Cathy Truman says
Watching the video I liked that the Super Shammy would dry Bailey off a lot
faster then my towels
This is an awesome idea!
Laurie Emerson says
My best tip is to have a warm towel to wrap them in when they are done. I always put a few towels in the dryer and all 3 love it when they are wrapped in them after their bath.
Lesley F says
I always have extra towels on hand because we always need them
Shelley Joy P says
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Michelle W says
I wash my dogs outside because they are too big and messy for the bathtub. My tip is to put their leash on them when washing outside so they don’t run off mid bath.
Mercer enjoys his bath but he LOVES the blowdry!!
Candie L says
As silly as this sounds, but speaking from experience, make sure you have all of your shampoos, towels, etc, already in hands reach before you start the bath (or even get the dog). thank you