1. Purpose and timing of dog bathing

Border Collie

Border Collie

1. Purpose and timing of dog bathing

The secretions from your dog’s sebaceous glands have an unpleasant odor and can also become entangled in dirt stains and give off a smell. If you don’t bathe your dog, it can easily cause invasion of pathogenic microorganisms and parasites that can make your dog sick. Therefore, you must bathe your dog to keep the skin clean, which is good for your dog’s health.

Choosing a bathtime

As far as the season is concerned, bathing your pet in winter is not recommended. Even in other seasons, when the weather changes suddenly, avoid bathing your pet. Pets, unlike people, regulate their temperature in no other way than by growing their fur in the winter and shedding it in the spring. However, if there is a thunderstorm in summer, it is especially unsuitable to bathe animals. After a pet is bathed, the pores will open and the natural oils in the hair will be reduced, which cannot be recovered in a short time and is most likely to be neglected by the owner and cause disease. Generally speaking, long-haired dogs are bathed once every half month and daily grooming is of utmost importance. Especially the season of hair change. Short-haired dogs are washed once a month. On weekdays, just wipe with a wet towel. In addition, the spring weather is dry, dip some water before combing to avoid static electricity.

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Not suitable for bathing: dogs just brought home; unvaccinated puppies; injured dogs; dogs with colds, etc., in an unhealthy state; dogs just vaccinated; bitches in heat; dogs around the time of pregnancy.

II. Inventory of essential items for dog bathing

Great Dane

Great Danes

II. Inventory of essential items for dog bathing

  • 1. Bathtub: Please prepare a dog-friendly bathtub according to the size of the dog. If it is a big dog, you can let the dog stand in the bathroom.
  • 2. Shampoo for pets: Similar to human shampoo, but with different ingredients from those commonly used by people, it is recommended that you prefer to use a shampoo for pets.
  • 3. Large water cup:Use it to lather your dog when you shampoo him.
  • 4. Towel: Please prepare a special towel for your dog and use it to soak up excess powder for your dog.
  • 5. Cotton swabs: Water can easily reach the dog’s ears when bathing a dog. To prevent the dog’s ears from getting infected, wipe the dog’s ear canal with a cotton swab.
  • 6. Blowing water fan: The above work is done. Finally, using a warm air blower to dry the dog’s coat will dry the coat faster and reduce skin diseases in the dog.
  • 7. Grooming tools: Use grooming tools to help groom your dog’s coat and avoid tangles.

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Daily restoration can keep your dog’s coat healthy, but sometimes it is necessary to give your dog a bath if he rolls around on smelly objects.

III. Proper Bathing of Dogs and Precautions

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

III. Proper Bathing of Dogs and Precautions

First, comb the hair to remove any dead knots. Fill a basin with warm water and place the dog in the basin, exposing the head and neck, with the dog’s head standing on your left side and your left hand blocking the dog’s head to the chest to ensure the dog’s body. With your right hand on the side of the tub, gently moisten the arms, back, belly, hindquarters, shoulders and forelimbs with warm water and apply shampoo. After gently rubbing, use a comb to quickly comb and press the sides of the anus with your fingers to squeeze out the secretions from the anal glands. Cover the ears with the left or right hand from the lower palate upwards and rinse gently with water from the tip of the nose, taking care to prevent water from flowing into the ears, then rinse all parts of the body with water and immediately wrap the head in a towel and dry the water. Wipe your pet’s body with a cotton towel and dry it from head to tail along with the hair.

Long-haired dogs can be dried with a hair dryer. It is recommended that you start at the hips and work backwards to reverse the flow of the hair, not too close to your pet’s skin to avoid burning their delicate skin. Be careful not to point the hair dryer at your pet’s head or ears, as this can make your pet uncomfortable.

Always comb the coat before bathing. This will comb through tangled hair and prevent it from becoming more tangled; it will also remove large pieces of dirt and make it easier to clean. This is especially true around the mouth, behind the ears, in the armpits, inside the stocks, toe tips and other areas where the dog least wants to be groomed should be groomed. When grooming, to relieve and avoid pain for your dog, you can hold the root of the hair with one hand and groom with the other.

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Dogs should be bathed in the morning or at noon, not on a day when the air is humid or rainy. After bathing, dry immediately with a hair dryer or towel. Do not leave the dog in the sun to dry after a bath.

Four: A few things to keep in mind when brushing your dog’s hair

Slowing down dog baths and blowouts is more enjoyable

Samoyed

IV. A few things to keep in mind when brushing your dog’s hair

  • 1. Special instruments should be used for combing hair, not human combs and brushes. The usage of the comb is to hold the back of the comb in your hand and gently swing it with your wrist to comb horizontally, alternating between coarse, medium and fine combs. The needle comb has many teeth. To comb, lift them with one hand and comb the other part.
  • 2. Be soft and careful when combing, not rough and brutal, or your dog will be sore, and be especially careful when combing the coat near sensitive areas such as the external genitalia.
  • 3. Pay attention to your dog’s skin. A clean pink color is good. If there is redness or eczema, there may be parasites, skin disease, allergies, and other problems that should be treated promptly.
  • 4. Parasites such as fleas and lice should be found and treated with insecticides promptly.
  • 5. When the dog’s coat is heavily soiled, it should be groomed with a special conditioner and baby powder.
  • 6. If you can wipe your dog’s body with a towel moistened with hot water before grooming, the coat will shine even more.

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When combing your dog’s hair, start with gentle movements and do not comb roughly, as the dog will be disgusted and resistant when in pain. Pay attention to the dog’s skin. A clean pink color is good. If it is red or eczema, parasites, skin diseases, allergies, etc. may be present. If fleas and other parasites are found, use an insecticide promptly.

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