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Bathing Basics

As  a rule, animals generally benefit from baths only when they are dirty, but for Dogs, a cool rinsing or a swim can do a lot of good, particularly in hot weather. The sooner you get your dog used to bathing the better, so integrate bathing into a puppy's routine. Be careful, though: too much bathing will actually strip your dog's coat of its natural oils.

When to bathe your dog
Does your dog need a bath? If your dog has begun to smell unpleasant, or you can spot any matted hair, sores and tenderness, then the answer is yes. You should also wash Dogs after they have been swimming anywhere near toxic sprays, or oils. Running around every day rubbing yourself up against trees, bushes, benches and rolling around on grass or getting drenched head to paws in rivers or puddles are all common occurrences in a Dogs life and all contribute to dog smelliness. Dog bathing is a must when living with a dog. Dogs naturally get smelly and are not like cats in being able to wash themselves well and be hygienic, this is why dog owners have to look after their Dogs hygiene for them once in a while.

Getting ready to bathe
Before bathing, take the opportunity to have a good look at your dog's body, checking for lumps and bumps. You should also brush and comb the coat to remove any foreign bodies.

Ask your vet which shampoo is best for your dog. To minimise any possible allergic reactions, the best choice tends to be a mild all-round dog shampoo, without harsh chemicals or perfumes. Never use human shampoo as dog skin and hair has a different acidity to yours. Get a bath - a big plastic bucket will do - and line it with a non-slip floor mat. Fill it with warm water and then put your dog in. It is often easier to take large Dogs outside and wet them using buckets of warm water.

Shampooing and rinsing
After wetting the dog, carefully apply a small amount of shampoo so as not to get any in the eyes or ears. Then lather right down to the tail, not forgetting the underside and neck. Rinse with a shower nozzle or jug of warm water, again avoiding the eyes and inner ears. Use your hands to help the soap run off. You will need to use special pet shampoo and conditioner to clean your dog; human shampoo uses a different ph level and can be bad for your dog's skin. Starting off by letting your dog get used to running water, warm water should be used to wash your dog, it is best to use a jug or container to gently pour water on your dog. Be sure not to put water directly on your Dogs face to be sure not to frighten them off or scare them.

When your dog is wet, keep reassuring them and rewarding them if the behaviour is good to get the message across that bathing is not a bad thing. Rub the shampoo and conditioner onto your dog gently and being sure to do a proper job of getting all the smells and everything else out. To finish off, rinse all the soapy water and shampoo of your dog and dry your dog in the same way you would yourself or if your dog has easily matted hair use patting only to dry your dog, when this is all done reward your dog with praise and rewards for being cooperative with you.

Drying your dog
After soaping and rinsing, Dogs naturally roll and rub their heads, necks and bodies on any available ground, including grass. This is a natural follow-up to bathing, so have some towels ready on the floor or garden to try and encourage your dog to use these instead. Dogs usually want to shake off any excess water themselves, so remember to remove your dog from the tub beforehand or you will be the one who ends up getting a bath! Once your dog has had a good shake, rub him or her down from head to toe with a towel. You can even use a hairdryer on willing Dogs.

Dealing with reluctant bathers
Baths can be a stressful and even quite frightening experience. As in any scary situation, beware of snaps and bites. If your dog has any history of biting when afraid, try using a muzzle. Dogs that are simply fearful, but not aggressive, should be reassured and praised throughout the bath - food treats are always helpful. Introduce bath times gradually - don't force the issue. You may also want to take the tub outside so your dog has more space and is less likely to feel threatened.

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