PSST Pets: A Step by Step Guide to Bathing Your Dog

Bathing your dog can be an enjoyable experience but it could also be very tedious sometimes. Summer’s here and with the heat comes smelly mutts. While the pooch pong is completely normal, some dogs seem to stink more quickly. Getting your pup accustomed to regular bathing schedule at an early age is key. Here’s a step by step guide on bathing your dog.

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What You’ll Need:

Water Hose or Handheld Shower

Clean Towels

Dog Shampoo & Conditioner

Doggie Hair Brush

Soft Brush & Clean Sponge


Cotton Balls

Nail Clippers


Let’s Get Washing:

  1. Brush your dog’s coat to untangle hair/fur and other debris from the coat.
  2. Start wetting your pet avoiding the head.
  3. Apply a small amount of shampoo on hand and lather. Gently soap your dog up distributing the shampoo all over coat avoiding the head. Massage the suds all the way down to the skin.
  4. Work the suds down and underneath the tail, the underside, legs, and around the paws. A soft brush may be used for scrubbing around the paw pads and other small regions.
  5. Use the sponge to rub clean the face. Apply a bit of soap on the sponge and slowly wiping down the face. Make sure you avoid the eyes.
  6. Rinse and make sure all the soap is gone. Be gentle when you’re washing the head.
  7. Allow your dog to shake off the water. You might want to stand back on this part.
  8. Dry with towel. Follow through with a hairdryer set on low heat while brushing your pet’s coat.
  9. Inspect your dog’s ears. Gently clean with a wet cotton ball the outer flap that you can see. Use another cotton ball to wipe the inner part of the ear that’s visible to you. Do not use cotton buds nor try to insert the cotton ball further as this can damage the dog’s ears.

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Dog Shampoo

Dog’s skin is thinner than human skin. It is very sensitive and has a different pH. Always remember that human products are not always good for your pet. Use a gentle dog shampoo. If your pet is disposed to dry skin or other conditions, ask your Vet which shampoo is ideal.

Some Tips

  • Keep your hand on your dog always while bathing them. This will make it less possible for them to shake all over you or attempt to escape while washing.
  • Have all the things you need ready before you start bathing your dog.
  • Encourage good behavior by rewarding your dog with treats if it exhibits anxiety during bath.
  • Avoid getting water in the ears by placing cotton wool in each of your pet’s ears.
  • Bathing time is the best time to check your pet’s nails, ears, teeth, and skin for any abnormalities. Thoroughly feel your dog all over while shampooing to check for scuffs and lumps.
  • Dogs that do smell bad might be suffering from allergies or dermatitis. Bring your dog for a check-up to see if there are any underlying problems like bacterial, fungal, or dental disease.
  • Dogs that have ticks and fleas may also develop irritated and stinking skin. Ensure your parasite control is up to date.

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Now that you’re armed with these tips, bathing your dog can be less of a chore. This quality time is vital to your pet’s health and doing it yourself guarantees a happy, healthy, and pong-free pooch.

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Hi! My name is Alg (rhymes with Aldge -- yes I invented that word!) An artist and designer by day, musician by night. Co-founder of Creato. I love coffee, alcohol, music, food, animals, travelling, and taking loads of photos. I also do some hosting on the side!