Top Tips for bathing your pets
- Its so important with any pet to make bathing fun and as least
stressful as possible. Have plenty of your pets favourite treats
nearby. Rewarding is key to successful bathing. It is important to
create a positive calm experience, so your pet won't develop a
dislike or fear of being bathed.
- I would advise if your pet is new to bathing or nervous or
skittish I would recommend you have a helper to help keep your
pet calm, and offer treats for good behaviour.
Keeping your pet safe during bathing bath tubs, sinks and
showers can be very slippery, use a bath mat or rubber mat in the
base to ensure your pet feels safe. It can also be useful to have a
collar or harness or head collar can be useful as a handle to help
support your pet.
Prepare to bath preparing is so important, not only to help
keep your pet calm but to keep you & your home dry. Collect together
everything you need before you start plus pre mixed Dooleys
Shampoo (see point 6), Don't forget the towels, lots of towels, oh
and you may want to use an apron!
Brush before you bath - by grooming your pet before bathing you
can ensure all matts are removed, matts hold moisture which can hold
water and cause irritation after bathing and will be twice as hard to
remove. Another reason to groom before you start is to prevent all the
loose hair going down your drains and blocking them.
Keeping ears and eyes safe every pet is different and some
really dislike any water on their heads yet some don't mind at all.
But it is still very important not to let any products (however
safe they say they are on the label) get into their ears or eyes
as this can give them a bad experience or even a secondary ear
infection from moisture getting into the ear canal. I use a face
cloth / flannel to wash face area but I put a cotton ball just
inside each ear to prevent water from getting in them. Sometimes
water spills or splashes where you don't want it to go. I don't
recommend you lather your dog's head. If for some reason you have
to, it's important to hold the dog's chin up and rinse the soapy
water back toward the neck and not down over the face to avoid
getting shampoo in the eyes.
Bathing Pre mixing your Dooleys shampoo not only makes it
go a long way but also makes it much easier to evenly distribute
shampoo through your pets coat. Dilute the shampoo, 10-20-parts
water to 1-part shampoo. I use an old washing up detergent bottle,
which has been cleaned out to remove all detergent. You will find
this really good for applying shampoo all over your pet one handed
while freeing up your other hand to rub the shampoo in. Plus, when
you drop it or it slips out of your hands, it doesn't spill
everywhere. There are lots of products on the market to help with
bathing your pets, from bathing brushes, grooming gloves, shampoo
dispensers, sponges etc. but which every you like to use, Dooleys
will work very well with. Whatever the breed of dog I'm bathing
I find using a sponge for feet, under the belly and private areas
really useful. I use a face cloth/flannel for around head area.
Once you are all prepared and you have everything within easy
reach you can start to wash your pet. I know we call it bathing but
where possible its always better to shower your pet or use a jug.
Because if you plunge your pet into a bath of water, wash them and
rinse them in one lot of water, you cannot ensure all the shampoo
is rinsed out of the coat or your pet is even clean.
Use luke warm water, (same as you would use for a baby/child
temperate is perfect) Wet your pets coat thoroughly, once wet apply
your pre mixed shampoo, rub/ message into your pets coat from neck
to toes. Most pets really enjoy this messaging part. Use the
sponge/facecloth as mentioned above, take lots of care to keep out
of eyes and ears. Rinse your pet really well with warm water.
It's very important to make sure you have removed all the shampoo.
Repeat if necessary for very dirty or smelly pets.
Dry your pet as well as you can with towels, dog's particularly
love this part and normally follow this by zooming around the house.
Don't let your pet get cold after bathing.
Remember to have fun, making it a stress-free experience for