The Top Three Things to Avoid when Bathing Your Dog

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Bathing your dog can be an enjoyable experience for both you and your pooch. During this time, you get to bond with your pet and get him/her clean. Canines require regular washings to keep them neat and clean. During a bath, you not only clean your pet but help to ensure that your dog’s coat remains healthy. Dogs should be bathed at least every month. Bathing your canine pet is easy when you know what to avoid. Let;s take a look at three common mistakes that dog owners make when bathing their dog.


The Wrong Type of Shampoo


Dogs, just like people, require specific formulations. Some dogs suffer from dry skin while others battle fleas. This is why it is essential that you choose the right type of shampoo based on your dog’s unique needs. There are numerous types of dog shampoo available. Let’s take a look at how you can find the best dog shampoo based on your pet’s unique needs.

If you are unsure which shampoo to choose, talk with a groomer. Most groomers will be happy to help you choose a dog shampoo because frequent washings help to make a day at the groomers easier.

In addition to asking the dog groomer, you can contact your veterinarian to help determine the best type of shampoo for your dog. Your veterinarian will know your dog’s unique health and be able to recommend the best formula based on your dog’s health.

It is essential that you avoid using shampoo developed for people; however, a baby shampoo may be recommended for those dogs with sensitive skin. However, most human shampoos are not designed to properly cleanse your dog without causing skin irritation. When you opt for the appropriate dog shampoo, your dog will begin enjoying his bath and associate bath time with a pleasant, calm and enjoyable experience.


Rewarding Your Dog Too Soon



You can make bath time more enjoyable by training your dog to be on his/her best behavior. When you are training your dog, make it a positive experience so your dog will begin to look forward to his/her bath time. Many people to get their dog into the bathroom using treat; however, this is a bad mistake. Wait until after your dog has been washed to praise him/her and give them a treat, based on how well they behaved. Never give your pet a treat while he/she is in the bathtub.


Avoid Getting Frustrated or Yelling at Your Pet During Bathtime.



When your pet is excited, he/she can sling soap and water all over your bathroom. It is important to remember that your beloved pooch does not understand why he/she needs a bath. Remain calm and be assertive to help teach him/her how he/she is supposed to ask during bathtime.

Scream at your pet will further excite your dog, which will further worsen their behavior. Additionally, screaming at your pet can cause him/her to fear bathtime. Instead, try to remain calm and take a deep breath. If need be, walk away from the bath and try at a later time. This may not be the most convenient option; however, it can help defuse the tension.

Finally, always make sure that you have plenty of time to devote to your pet’s bathtime.Being rushed can add to your tension, which can cause your pet to misbehave.

As you can see, there are a few things to remember when you are bathing your dog. Remain calm, give yourself plenty of time, choose the right shampoo and only reward your dog after bath time is completed.

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