How to wash a dog

As you can see above, washing your dog is sometimes necessary. It helps rid the doggie of dust, soil, bacteria, fleas ... It is therefore a necessary ritual but which can be dangerous if you do not follow a few simple rules.

Brush your dog before bathing. This will remove dead hair and untangle a number of knots. Use a brush that matches your dog's hair type for this. This prior brushing will also avoid clogging the siphon of your bathtub ...

Run lukewarm water and fill the bottom of the tub so the dog is prepared at water temperature. The ideal is to start the baths as early as possible in the dog's life so that he is familiar with them.

Thoroughly wet the dog, carefully avoiding the eyes and especially the ears, the entrance to which you can even obstruct with a piece of compress.

Wash the dog but beware of allergic reactions, only use products sold in pet stores and reserved for dogs. You can choose shampoo for light hairs / dark hairs / stiff hairs etc ... They lather a lot less than cosmetic products for humans. This is completely normal. This prevents too much damage to the water-repellent film which allows the animal to dry quickly and protect it against external aggressions.

Rinse the dog with plenty of water and at least twice, because of the undercoat. Be careful, as soon as you turn off the water, the dog will take the opportunity to snort and share his bath with you.

Dry the dog with a towel and finish with a hair dryer set to the lowest temperature and air flow. Keep your distance, the dog's skin is much more sensitive than ours to this type of aggression.

Brush the dog again to untangle it

repeat this washing once a month for dogs with long hair, every 15 days for the smallest dogs and therefore closer to dust. Large, short-haired German Shepherd-type dogs can be satisfied with a wash every 6 months. Do not overuse the baths, washed more often than necessary, the dogs would risk developing skin diseases. On the other hand you can brush them more often, you will take the opportunity to check that your dog has no small wounds, ticks or others ...

In order to maintain the relationship with your animal, to identify the possible presence of small wounds, ticks or others ... Regular brushing is necessary, otherwise you risk the multiplication of knots ...