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Surprisingly Effective Ways to Improve Your Dog Bath

Bathing a Dog Tips

This is a Guest Post by Ashlee McCollum.

Bathing a Dog TipsDoes your dog hate bath time? (For that matter, do you?) A little bit of strategy and patience can turn around this sometimes-dreaded ritual. Plus, you’ll get better results for your efforts. Your dog will be cleaner, smell nicer, and will maintain those fabulous looks!

Make your dog’s bathing spot a fun place to be. Or at least one she doesn’t hate. Start by simply bringing your dog into the bathroom and rewarding her with treats. On another day, just run the bath water and reward her. Work your way up to a full bath over time. Check out the ASPCA’s in-depth instructions for more guidance.

Whether you’re new or familiar with bath time, offer rewards during and after the process. Give constant praise and the occasional biscuit. Better yet, make it a habit to take your pooch on a walk or other fun activity when her bathing and grooming is over. Set aside weekend mornings as your designated bath time, for instance.

Wash your dog from one end to the other. I suggest cleaning from tail-to-head. This way, you can be thorough and you’ll save the least favorite for last. Don’t apply shampoo directly to her head; soak it in water and rinse that on her noggin.

Avoid tangles by properly drying your dog. Start with a towel and incorporate a (human or dog) blow dryer on medium or low heat.

Get more out of your baths with regular brushing. Brushing helps remove dirt and dead skin, so do it once a week (less for short-haired dogs, more in some cases) and always right before baths. Personally, I’m a fan of the Furminator grooming brush.

Despite what you may see on some prank videos, bath time doesn’t need to be a fracas. Be strategic and you can avoid this:

Do you have any “tricks” for your dog’s baths? Let us know in the comments!

Ashlee McCollum is a staff writer for ApronAddicts.com, home of fashionable aprons and fun kitchen wear.

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  • Emma April 11, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Sorry, sounds nice and all but I luv swimming and water but no bath time for this pup! Don’t like the clean smell!
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  • Autumn & Jasmine April 13, 2012, 10:43 am

    Dear Gracie,

    What a nice post! I have to agree with some of the point you mentioned about cause I’ve been doing that to my girls. Unfortunately, Autumn seems to hate bathing despite whatever I do and always feeding her treats whenever it bathing time is not an option for me. Thou she did have a slight improvement but I believe this post was a great post to show people how to let our kids know that bathing is not a scary thing 🙂

    Autumn & Jasmine’s Mom
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  • Maryden25 April 14, 2012, 4:12 am

    LOL. He’s so cute. I don’t how you do it but it’s incredible. My sister loves dog and she got one. And I’m one of these people who sees her struggle in times of bath time. And sometimes, she don’t even have a choice but to take a bath with her clothes on. A very hyper dog Bax is. (labrador)
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  • Graham April 17, 2012, 4:39 am

    Those are truly great ideas! Now if I can get my pooch to cooperate.
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