Bathing a Dirty Dog

Why Groom?
Think grooming only serves only for superficial purposes? That is simply not so.  One of the most important things you can do to maintain your pet’s health is to make sure she or he stays well groomed. Regular grooming will ensure that potential problems like parasites and skin conditions are either prevented and or dealt with swiftly. Having a healthy coat benefits your pet in so many ways. By maintaining good grooming habits, you are doing far more than just showing off your pet’s beautiful fur you are also giving your pet the gift of good health.

Bark ‘N Bubbles would like for you to think of “BNB” when it comes to grooming your pet.   BRUSH, NAILS AND BATH…

Brushing
Begin brushing at the head, working toward the tail and down the legs.  Make sure to always brush in the direction of hair growth. Pay close attention to the legs, flanks and behind the ears as those areas mats may hide themselves. After a good thorough brushing use a fine or medium toothed comb. This grooming tool will find any fine mats that were not found by brushing. Just like with humans, regular hair combing or brushing removes dead hair from our scalp.  Well it does the same for a dog’s coat.  Regular brushing will prevent matting too.  Most dogs loved to be brushed as it also stimulates the skin and helps distribute the natural oils, producing a healthy, shiny coat.

Nail Trimming

Regular nail trimming or using a dremel is so important to your dog’s health and well-being. Over grown nails on a dog is like a human walking on our tippy toes… There are trimmers/dremmels specifically designed for trimming dog’s nails.  Never use household scissors to trim your dog’s nails. Firmly hold the dog’s paw and cut off the tip of the nail.  Educate yourself on nerve/blood vessel inside a dog’s nail. This is called “the quick”.  It’s so important to stop short of the quick. If cut it can be very painful for your dog, and the bleeding can be difficult to control. We suggest having some “Quick Stop” on hand just in case this happens.

Bathing
Humans sweat – so do dogs! Bathing not only keeps your dog smelling fresh, a good bath also keeps their skin clean. A dog’s skin can be oily which could result in scratching and licking.  Excessive scratching and licking can result in sore spots and hairless patches. A good all natural or organic shampoo and conditioner will keep your dog’s skin healthy and make his coat easier to brush.

Below are  tips to remember when bathing your dog:

  • Brush & comb dog well before bathing to avoid tangles and mats.
  • The secret to proper brushing is to brush a few hairs at a time.
  • Remove any mats that cannot be easily combed out.  If your dog has too many mats we suggest you consult with a professional groomer for assistance
  • For short coats ask to use a good de-shedding tool, longer coats brush or use a shedding blade.
  • Use lukewarm water for bathing and rinsing.
  • Start from the top of the head and work your way down.
  • Be sure to use a sufficient amount of shampoo. Use water to move the shampoo through your dog.
  • Work the shampoo up into a rich lather.
  • Try to leave the shampoo on for 5 minutes for best results. (Good time to give your pet lots of love and tell them how great they are doing.)
  • Scrub gently, but be sure to get down to the skin.  Be careful around the face and ears.
  • Rinse well, until the water runs clear. (If you don’t, your pet may look like they have dandruff. It may cause them to scratch and itch.)
  • If your pet is really dirty, repeat the shampoo and rinsing process. (First shampoo gets the dirt out, second shampoo really cleans)
  • Condition in the same manner as you shampooed, then rinse well.
  • Towel dry and/or blow dry with a cool air… or watch out.