How Do You Bathe a Dog?


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To bathe a dog, first brush out any tangles in his coat. Place the dog in a large tub or basin partially filled with lukewarm water. Apply the dog shampoo from head to tail, rinse it off thoroughly, and dry the dog with a towel or low-heat blow dryer.

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  1. Prepare the tub

    Place a rubber, nonskid mat in the bottom of the tub or basin you are using to keep the dog from sliding around. Fill the tub with about three to four inches of lukewarm water.

  2. Prepare the dog

    Brush the dog's coat from head to tail, using the appropriate brush for the breed, to get rid of tangles and matted fur. Place a cotton ball in each of your dog's ears to keep out water and shampoo suds.

  3. Put the dog in the water

    Place the dog in the tub, or lead him into the tub if he is willing to go in on his own. You may want give your dog a reward, such as a small treat, once he gets into the tub. Hold the dog gently yet firmly with one hand. You may need another person to help you hold the dog if he is large and squirming.

  4. Shampoo the dog

    Use a large pitcher or cup to wet the dog all over, keeping the water away from his eyes, ears and nose. Apply the dog shampoo from the neck down to the tail, and gently massage it into his coat. Use a small amount of shampoo on the dog's head, being mindful to keep the soap away from the face.

  5. Rinse the dog

    Wipe the shampoo off of the dog's head with a wet washcloth. Use the pitcher to rinse the shampoo thoroughly from the rest of his body. Work your fingers through the coat as you rinse to ensure all the shampoo is removed. If your veterinarian recommends it, apply and rinse off a dog conditioner after the shampoo.

  6. Dry the dog

    Take the dog out of the tub and rub him down with a thick, absorbent towel. You can also use a blow dryer on a low-heat setting to dry your dog.

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