HOW SHOULD I WASH MY DOG AND HOW OFTEN?
Before we start with the tips about washing ourselves, we first go into the question of how often a dog needs to be washed. Too often washing is not good for a dog. A dog naturally has a protective layer on his skin and if we regularly wash it with shampoos then we will attack this protective layer. With one to four washes per year and good brushing you come very well for a good coat care.
Outside of these washings it is possible that your dog sometimes smells strongly, is very dirty and you can no longer comb it with a brush or if, for example, it suffers from an allergy. In these cases, an additional wash may be required.
Is it really necessary to use special dog shampoo? The answer to this is: Yes. A good dog shampoo is really a requirement. Shampoo for the human skin has a totally different acidity and will affect the skin of the dog much faster. This may also cause an allergy.
Before you start washing your dog you first have to make a good preparation. This means that you first brush your dog very well before washing. This way you get the worst loose hair and get out of it. Then you collect all the things you need during washing and put them all within reach. Many dogs find it very exciting so it is very important that you do not have to walk away while washing to get something.
Also provide an anti slip mat in the shower or bathtub. Due to the tension, the dogs are often more convulsive and an anti-slip mat ensures that they can not slide out. The dog will also be more confident of this, so the tension can also decrease sooner.
Lift your dog in the right way
If you have to lift your dog in a bathtub, do this with the right lifting techniques. This is to prevent possible injuries in yourself or your dog. Do you only lift the dog? Then place one arm under the chest of your dog just before the front legs and place your other arm behind the hind legs, just under the tail. When lifting, keep your back straight and lift from your legs, never from your back!
Is your dog too heavy to lift only ask for help. One person puts his arm just in front of the front legs, and one arm just behind the front legs. The second person does the same thing only with the hind legs. Make sure both people stand up at the same time.
Protect your dog’s ears
To minimize the chance of water getting into the ears, you can put a cotton ball in the ears of your dog. This protects the ear canal. If your dog has long, lying ears, it is best to gently press the ear against the head so that there is no space left. If your dog has upright ears, it is best to make a bowl from your hand and place it over the ear.
Wet the coat
Test the water temperature yourself before you put the shower head on your dog. The water must be lukewarm, not too hot and not too cold. This is because the shampoos work best, and especially because your dog will feel a lot more comfortable when the water is warm.
Keep the shower head as close as possible, about an inch, from the coat. In this way your dog will panic less quickly and the water penetrates deep into the fur. Work from back to front.
Make the head of your dog wet last. Do this with a gentle flow of water. Hold the head up slightly so that the water runs away from the back of the head instead of the eyes or the nose.
You can moisturize sensitive areas around the eyes and ears with the help of your fingers.
Apply the shampoo
dog dogs water soap wash away head eyes ears beak muzzle Go as systematically as possible to work so as not to forget anything. Work from back to front. Massage the shampoo gently, but completely, in the coat so that you do not only clean the top layer of the coat. Therefore massage the shampoo in the coat in the direction of the shark growth. Contagious working can result in tangling hair. If your dog is short-haired, you can also use a rubber brush to apply the shampoo properly.
Rinse the shampoo well
First check the temperature of the water again! Then wash away the soap and water at the head (eyes, ears, mouth and snout). Now work in the opposite direction: from front to back.