- 1. Never wash your dog outside if the weather is cold. This is particularly true for puppies as they have trouble regulating their body temperatures. Be sure your new puppy is at least four weeks old before they receive their first bath.
- 2. Before starting an indoor bath, make sure the house is warm. Turn up the thermostat a few degrees. Have everything ready ahead of time - shampoo, towels, (maybe a change of clothes for you), and even treats for a reward.
- 3. Start combing and brushing out all mats. Otherwise, the water will turn the mats into solid masses, which will require clippers to remove. If your dog's hair is matted with paint, tar or some other sticky material, trim with clippers or soak the area with vegetable or mineral oil for 24 hours.
- 4. Prep your dog. Put a drop of mineral oil in the eyes to protect them from suds. Some people use cotton balls in the ears. If you use cotton balls, make sure they're the right size for your dog's ears; if they're too small, they may slip down the ear canal. Also check the ears for any redness or other abnormalities.
- 5. Bathe your dog as quickly as possible. Be thorough and do a good cleaning, but whether you're using the tub or the shower get him in and out as soon as possible. Dry your dog immediately and as quickly as possible. Use a lots of big soft towels, or a hair dryer set to a low setting. NEVER allow a wet dog to go outdoors in the winter.
Finally, it does matter what kind of shampoo you use. Never use a human shampoo as it is not PH balanced for your pet. Instead, consider using a pet shampoo that is all natural, and soothing to the skin like Dr. Jane's Revitalizing Shampoo. You can learn more about Dr. Jane's shampoo by clicking here: For Dogs For Cats