Giving your dog a bath can be a fun time for some people, but for others can be a challenge. Now granted if you’re a kid then it is probably fun because you get to spray a hose and spray everyone else and not get in trouble! However, as an adult you know that your dog will be constantly moving and you will probably end up just as wet as your dog which might not be that fun. Now if the day is ninety degrees you will not mind getting wet, but if it is in the fifties with a forty mph breeze then you will mind. Here are my top tips to help you give your dog a bath without getting soaked hopefully.
The first tip that I have is make sure you have all of your supplies ready before you even turn on the hose and get your dog. By supplies I mean anything that you might think you will need. Some of the basics that you need to make sure you have is your dog shampoo, conditioner, towels, the hose and most likely your dogs leash unless you are bringing him to the bath spot on it. If the bath is going to be indoors then make sure you have the floor covered with rugs to help catch the water from when your dog shakes off. Another great thing to do is if possible put towels on the walls to keep them dry to.
The next tip that I have is if the bath is going to be outdoors find someplace to chain your dog to while washing him. A great thing to have is a stake just for this purpose that you can easily take up after the bath, but will be in the ground deep enough to hold your dog in place. Now this will help keep you somewhat dry by keeping your dog in the same place without you having to spray towards him and hope the water hits him.
Now the challenging part is getting him in the shampoo and conditioner. Now typically I always get a little bit wet at this part because my dog likes to shake off some of the water while I am trying to put the soaps on him. The key though is to be quick about doing this and if you have an assistant to help you out they can start putting the soaps on your dog while you take care of the hose.
Then the next tip will be rinsing your dog off. Now typically by this point your dog will either be so embarrassed that he will just stand there, or he will be so hyper that you will be chasing him in circles even if he is on a leash. However, if you have an assistant that is present you can use them to help hold the dog in place so it will be easier to rinse off the shampoo and conditioner.
Then when you are drying your dog off you will want to hold a towel in front of you while you are walking towards your dog. Now if you hold the towel in front of you then it will catch the water when your dog shakes instead of you catching it all.
These five tips should help you give your dog a bath and stay a little bit drier. Now granted you will probably end up wet no matter what, but if it is even slightly chilly then you know that staying even a little bit drier will be better than being soaked.