How Do You Wash a Dog?


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Give your dog a bath by training him to get in and out of the tub, then washing and rinsing him carefully. Have treats ready for him after the bath is over. This teaches him to associate bath time with things he enjoys.

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  1. Familiarize your dog with surroundings

    Take your dog into the bathroom a few times before you need to bathe him. Place him gently in the tub, and give him a treat. Once you've done this a few times, turn on the water to get him accustomed to the sounds.

  2. Train your dog to get in and out

    Once your dog is comfortable in the bathroom, train him to get in and out of the tub. Do this using treats and another container from which he can get in and out. A box is one good option. Teach him to get in and out by praising him with treats when he successfully follows directions to "get in" or "get out." Once he consistently follows a treat into the box, practice doing the command with no treat. Then, practice the same steps, only in the bathtub.

  3. Get the items ready

    Place shampoo, conditioner and other bath essentials by the tub before bringing in your dog.

  4. Brush your dog

    Remove any tangles and knots from your dog's coat before beginning the bath.

  5. Use your cues

    When entering the bathroom, tell your dog to get in the tub. Place a towel or mat in the tub to avoid slipping. Run water, lather your dog, and rinse. Avoid getting water or soap in his eyes, and make sure he is rinsed thoroughly after bathing. Dry him with a soft towel.

  6. Praise your dog

    After his bath, give your dog lots of praise. Spend time cuddling, playing or going for a walk.

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