3 Tips For Bathing Your Dog At Home

A cute little terrier breed dog taking a bubble bath with his paws up on the rim of the tub
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With many of us spending more time at home with our furry friends, you might be wondering about the proper protocol when it comes to bathing them. 

We all know that the monthly costs of having a dog can add up fairly quickly. If you’re trying to save much-needed money during this time, bathing your dog at home is one way to do it. 

While no two dogs are the same, here are three tips that can be used to bathe any dog!

Use The Right Shampoo

Although your coconut-scented shampoo may leave your locks feeling great, this doesn’t mean they’ll do the same for your dog. Humans and dogs have different ph levels in their skin. Canine skin is more alkaline than human skin.  

This means that the ph levels found in human shampoos are different from ph levels in dog shampoos. Your shampoo may have your dog smelling like the nearest Bath and Body Works, but it will leave their skin dry and flaky. 

This can result in constant scratching and dandruff from your dog. If left untreated, skin infections could develop. With this in mind, it’s best to only use dog shampoo when bathing your canine. Their skin will thank you.

Keep Water Out Of Their Ears

One way to prevent your dog’s ears from getting wet during a bath is to put cotton balls in their ears. Be sure to insert them gently, as you don’t want to cause any discomfort. 

These cotton balls will help to trap any water that may find its way into the ear. You want to avoid getting water into the ear canal at all costs. Excessive water in the ear canal can produce moisture resulting in ear infections. 

When you finish with their bath, be sure to dry their ears completely.

Location is Important

Depending on your dog’s size, the location of the bath may vary. Generally, one of the best places to bathe your dog is in the bathtub. It’s a bonus if your bath has a portable or movable sprayer to make rinsing a breeze. 

If your dog is on the smaller side, you might be able to bathe them in the kitchen sink. On days with nice weather, bathing your dog outside is another option. Fill up a kiddie pool with some water and throw in some toys to distract your dog while you bathe them.

Contact Pet Ponderosa For Your Bathing Needs

If you’re unable to bath your dog at home, we’ve got you covered here at Pet Ponderosa. We offer full grooming services for every kind of dog. Our team is full of trained professionals who are ready to give your dog a great experience. 

We will treat your dogs gently and aim to meet their individual needs. You can rest assured that your pet is in great hands. Contact us by filling out our online contact form. A member of our staff will respond to help you make a reservation at your earliest convenience.

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