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Giving a Dog a Bath in an Apartment

Spring is here! So make sure to give your dog a spring cleaning like the rest of your apartment.

Keeping your dog clean is important for his overall well-being. And for your sanity. The last thing you want is a smelly dog. But groomers can become expensive. Luckily- giving your dog a bath in your apartment is easier than you may think.

For some, dog bathing is as simple as a visit to the community dog wash. The system allows the owner to choose from a selection of shampoos, water pressures, and dryers. And the best part is grooming is contained to a stainless steel basin that’s easy to clean. After the bath, just rinse the tub and head home to relax!

Prepping the tub

For those of us that don’t have the luxury of a dog wash in our apartment community, the bathtub at home is a great place for giving dog baths and works for dogs of all sizes. A mat should be used in the tub if the surface is slippery. Simply fill the tub with a few inches of lukewarm water and then coax the dog into the tub. Begin by soaking the dog using a hand held hose that attaches to the tub faucet or a large bucket. You can even find sprayers specifically designed for bathing a dog.

Protect the ears

You want to be very careful not to get water into your dog’s ears during the bath. Not only is it uncomfortable for them, it’s something that can actually cause health problems.

Use the right shampoo

One way to make a bath even more unpleasant for your dog is to pick a shampoo that causes them to scratch or dries their skin out. Ideally you want a mild soap that cleans and removes unwanted odors without stripping away important oils. The best way to ensure you’re getting the right shampoo for your dog? Talk to your vet.

Work from the neck down

You not only want to keep your dog’s ears safe, but also her eyes and mouth. How do you do this? By washing from the neck down.

Dry Right

Many people swear by dog blow dryers, but the noise and feel is definitely something that you have to get him used to. Be careful to avoid burning his skin. The other way to go is to simply towel her off. If you’re going to do this, use one of the more absorbent dog towels that can be found at most pet stores. And, of course, be prepared for the inevitable “shake” as your dog dries herself off.

What bath time tips and tricks do you use to keep your dog calm in the tub? Do you live in a dog-friendly apartment?