Learning to Bathe and Groom Fido

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Learning to Bathe and Groom Fido

by Dawn Arkin

He is your friend, confident and greatest supporter. No matter how the world treats you, he is there to kiss your tears away. Well, lick them away at least. He is your dog and deserves to be treated well.

Dogs love the outdoors, but being outside means dirt and smells. Rolling around in the grass can make your friend smell less than fresh and need a good bath and grooming session.

Some dogs love to be bathed and groomed. Others are not so fond of it. If your dog hates bath time, consider paying to have a professional take care of your dogs bathing needs. A good groomer can make bath time easier on your friend.

If your dog tolerates a bath, you can give him one and save a little money at the same time. Do a little research on the breed you have to find out what his bathing and grooming needs are. Ask your dog's veterinarian or local pet store groomer for a recommendation for the right kind of shampoo.

To help your dog get used to being groomed, try starting off by brushing his coat. Make brushing a part of his routine, at least once or twice a week, depending on the breed. Short hair dogs should be brushed once a week, while long hair breeds need it more often. Be sure to praise your dog every time he sits still for his brushing.

When should you bath your dog will depend a lot on how much time your dog spends outside, and how dirty he gets when he is out there. Be aware that long haired dogs tend to get dirtier quicker than short hair breeds. Some breeds can have that "doggy" smell without being dirty. In the end, when you bathe your dog is your decision. But remember, too much bathing is not good for a dog. It removes the oils vital to your dog's skin and coat health.

To bathe your dog you will need a quiet location with a water source. If the weather is nice, bathing your dog outside would keep the task mess-free. If the weather is too cold, a shower with handheld nozzle is perfect.

Gather your supplies before you start bathing your dog. Shampoo, towels, skin conditioning products and cotton balls should be within arms reach of where you are working. If you have a dog that is difficult to handle, have someone help hold the dog still while you clean him.

Wet down your dog well, making sure you get his underside and neck. Do not wet his head and be careful not to get water inside his ears. Follow the directions on the shampoo and lather your dog from his neck to his rump, making sure you lather the dog's underside.

Let the lather stay on your dog as long as the shampoo manufacturer's recommends, then rinse your dog off. Make sure you get all of the shampoo out of your dog's coat and do not forget the underside of your dog. Rinse with clean water until all shampoo is gone.

Dry your dog's coat with the towel, getting as much water out as you can. Your dog will probably still be wet, depending on his breed, but should not be dripping wet. It might take a couple of towels to dry your dog. Now is the time to clean out his ears, using the cotton balls, removing any water that got inside them during the bath?

Once he is dried off, use his brush to remove any loose hair. Let him finish drying in either the room you bathed him in, or outside if the weather is nice enough.

Bathing your dog does not have to be a terrible experience for either of you. With a little patience and care, you can make bath time easier for your best friend.

Dawn Arkin is a writer and animal lover who enjoys spending time with her pets. This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.PetLovers.Com/ which is a site for Pets.

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