Bathing is an essential part of the grooming process. Some dogs need a bath every two or three weeks, while other dogs can wait up to six weeks. How frequently your dog should have a bath depends on several elements, including what type of coat your dog has, how much time he spends outside, and plainly how dirty he gets. A dog that can normally wait six weeks for a bath should get a good scrub after two weeks if he’s especially dirty for some reason. Really, it will be up to you to decide when to bathe your dog.
Some dogs just love the water, while others hate it. Depending on your dog’s feelings, bath time can either be a happy, fun time or a messy, not-so-fun time. If you have a dog that does not enjoy baths, you can try to help him through the process by talking calmly to him or even singing. The sound of your voice should help to soothe him.
If you live in a warmer climate and have an outdoor area, you may want to wash your dog outside by using a garden hose. If you wash your dog inside, placing a rubber mat in the bathtub or shower stall will give your dog secure footing and keep him from slipping. Be prepared for the fact that bathing a dog is a messy job and every inch of your bathroom is prone to some splashing.
Always gather together a mild dog shampoo, cotton balls, and dry cloth. Place your dog in the tub and saturate him with warm water. Also, place a cotton ball in each ear should keep the water out, making sure to wet him right down to the skin. Apply some shampoo, and start scrubbing, working the shampoo into a nice lather. Use a damp cloth and be careful not to get soap into his eyes when cleaning the face. Then rinse his entire body thoroughly with warm water to get rid of every last bit of soap.
Once you are done rinsing your dog, allow him to shake off any excess water. Then, towel dries him thoroughly. If his coat is very thick, you may want to use a hand-held blow dryer on a low setting to make sure he’s really dry.