Bathing your dog is a great thing to do – it keeps them healthy and clean. But, there is a right way to bath your dog; if you aren’t doing it correctly, you could be making your dog uncomfortable and even cause health problems. The following are his signs that you are not bathing your dog correctly. If you notice any of these, consult with a professional groomer or vet on how to remedy the problem and keep your pup happy, healthy, and of course, clean!
1 – Ear Infections
If your dog is getting ear infections often, this is a sign you are not cleaning the ears properly after they get wet. You should be cleaning them BEFORE AND AFTER the bath. Cleaning the ears prior the bath will help remove the accumulated dirt. Applying a few drops of ear cleaning solution after the bath will change the PH in the ear canal, preventing bacteria to grow. This process should be followed every time the dog’s head gets wet, including after a walk on the rain, a fun time at the lake, beach or around the sprinklers.
2 – Dry and/or Itchy Skin
Does your dog scratch a lot, especially after the bath? It could be your shampoo or your rinsing technique. Only use pet shampoo, not human, on our dogs. Human shampoo is designed to remove extra oils from our scalp, since we constantly sweat from it. Dogs only sweat through the tongue and their pads. Pet shampoo is formulated to remove the dirt but not the oils, preventing the hair and skin from getting overly dry. Additionally, be sure you are rinsing your dog completely. Shampoo and/or conditioner residue can make your dog itch. Diluting the shampoo can also help (use a pitcher or bowl to pre-mix with water).
3 – Dog Gets Dirty Quickly
Do you feel like your dog looks dirty just a few days after a bath? Or maybe your long-haired breed constantly has breaking fur. If so, and you are skipping conditioner, there’s your problem. Finishing the bath with a conditioner rinse after the shampoo will not only leave the coat shiny, soft and manageable, but it will seal the cuticle of the hair helping it keep the nutrients in and the dirt out.
4 – Quicked Nails
Do you clip your dog’s nails after his bath and always seem to have an issue with accidentally cutting the quick? There’s an easy fix for this – clip his nails before his bath. As the dog gets anxious about the bath, his blood pressure increases pushing the blood inside the dogs nail closer to the tip. So a pre-bath trim will help decrease this risk.
5 – White Not Getting White
There are a couple reasons your dog might not be getting white. It could be the shampoo and conditioner – if you have a white dog buy a “bluing shampoo” to get those whites bright. Also, you also may not be leaving the shampoo on long enough. Start by applying shampoo on the dirtiest areas and move up to the head last. Rinse in the opposite direction, starting at the head. This way the shampoo will sit longer on the dirtier areas and will reduce any chance of dripping into their eyes.