Giving your dog a bath is a necessary part of caring for your pet but sometimes the struggles just seem to be too much for you to bear. It really doesn’t have to be a battle if you introduce your pet to the process as a very young animal. All you would need for your dog’s bath can be found at your local Knoxville Petsmart or Petco as listed below or when that is closest to your home.
To make bathtime easier, you have to make it fun and rewarding. You must first start by having all the necessary items nearby so you don’t have to leave your dog unattended in the bathtub. You must have a good protein-enriched tearless shampoo, conditioner for the long-haired breed, towels, cotton balls for the ears, a comb, brush, bath mitt, nail clippers, tooth brush and doggy toothpaste. Of course, don’t forget the doggy treats to let your pup know he or she is doing good.
Ensure the bath water is a lukewarm temperature before thoroughly wetting down your dog. Place some shampoo in the palm of your hand and rub over the entire body, massaging with the bath mitt into a rich lather. Rinse well and follow with a conditioner if desired. Thoroughly rinse your dog and towel dry well. As each step of the bath is completed, give your dog a treat to instill a job well done. Eventually, your dog will not need a treat to enjoy the bath.
As part of the bathing process, you will need to clip the nails, clean out the ears with cotton balls and brush the teeth. These tasks need specific direction that you can get from your veterinarian or professional dog groomer. Most dogs need a bath when you start detecting that “doggy odor” but not more often than that since you could dry out the natural oils of the skin and coat.
Brushing the teeth should be done daily or at least once or twice a week. Oral hygiene is imperative for the overall health of your pet. Cleaning the ears is normally necessary every few weeks, especially for the long-eared breeds that are susceptible to infections. Nail clipping is necessary every 4 to 6 weeks or it can affect the ease of your pet walking.
If you start all of these grooming chores when the dog is very young, using the praise and reward system with each task, you will get a very cooperative and happy pet long term. Giving your dog a bath and grooming does not have to be the battle of the century if you start early, work slow and reward, reward, reward. Dogs are natural people-pleasers and such a process is a great bonding time for you both.
Knoxville Petsmart, 214 Morrell Rd, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919, (865) 691-2194 or (865) 675-1191
Petco, (865) 212-1095 or (865) 671-1864