Bathing a dog can either be seen as a necessary chore, or with a little imagination, Rover's bath day can be transformed into a
Spa experience to make it more pleasurable for both you and your pet. If this idea appeals to you, keep reading and I'll
give you some dog bathing tips to help you pull it off.
While it's true that upscale dog salons really know how to bathe a dog
and pile on the pampering, there's no reason
your pet can't receive the same special attention right at home. In
fact, when you're the one giving your dog a bath, he's bound to feel
less stressed and be more likely to relax. At the very least he will
enjoy getting your one-on-one attention!
Or, on the other hand, having a Spa day can be an option when you're off on a trip and really want Rover to look, feel and smell his best, but can't get an appointment at the groomer. Whatever the reason, you don't really need an excuse to give your best furry friend an extra special dog bathing experience filled with TLC - do you?
When your dogs come home fresh from the dog groomer spa, they smell and look great. Part of a salon's secret is that they use specialized pet products when bathing a dog.
As it turns out, now you can tap into the groomer's secret and get similar results at home. With so many great pet shampoos and conditioners that are currently available, it easy.
We've featured some of these high quality products for bathing a dog on this page to help you find the supplies to set up your dog's at home Spa. The ideal grooming kit would include specially formulated dog shampoos, conditioners, finishing sprays to suit your dog's coat along with combs, brushes and absorbent doggie towels.
Seek out the organic and botanical formulas as a good starting point for your dog's bath. If you have a pet that is prone to skin problems or itchy allergies, try a hypoallergenic dog shampoo. These are ph balanced for a dog's skin and contain gentle non-soap cleansers and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
However, when selecting products for bathing your dog, don't be fooled by pretty packaging. There are many "so-so" dog grooming products on the market. Some contain chemical ingredients such as parabens, artifical dyes and sulphates, that can cause adverse skin reactions to a pampered pooch - the very opposite of what you want! Fancy labels can be misleading. Do read the ingredients when selecting bath time products for your dog's special day of pampering.
Look for natural cleansing agents and essential oils - both are soothing to a dog's skin and helpful in making the bath time a relaxing experience. And choose products suitable for your dog's coat and skin type, because each dog breed is unique - but you knew that didn't you!
So let's begin...
Before bathing a dog, put him or her in a relaxed state with a calming massage. If you've never done this before before, he is in for a real treat, but take it slowly until he gives you a happy face.
The video below will give you some idea of the massage techniques and you'll notice how pleasurable a massage is to a pet.
If you find you enjoy giving your pet massages, here are some reliable dog
books and videos you may want to have on hand as a ready
reference. There are also classes available in most communities
especially designed to
teach pet massage. Believe it or not, there really are certified
massage therapists for animals too!
To set the stage for bathing your dog, include a little aromatherapy. Prepare the room by burning a candle with a fragrance that has a soothing effect, like Lavender. It is known for calming, relaxing muscles, lowering tension and promoting a very restful feeling. Plus lavender also acts as a deodorizer when included in doggie sprays, as well as an insect repellent. So you might want to put some in your dog's bedding for a nice after bath stay fresh touch.
Music is another way to keep the atmosphere more serene - it's actually
been proven that music has a relaxing and stress reducing effect on
pets! So in addition to the aromatherapy, put on a little Pet Music.
Before bathing your dog give him a good brush to get out the loose hair and tangles. In my view, it's so much harder to get out "wet" tangles after the bath. The Zoom Groom is a great product to use before a dog's bath and every day for that matter. This unique grooming tool has short rubber nubs that gently massage your pet while working like a magnet to remove loose hair. Two of them used together also work very well to lather up your dog with a stimulating sudsing.
Getting the perfect water temperature is an important step in bathing a dog. Prepare the bath water pretty much the way you'd like it yourself.
Dogs' ears are fragile and best cleaned separately and gently using cotton balls moistened with mineral oil, witch hazel or a specific doggie ear wash. (Stay away from swabs to be on the safe side).
After you've given your dog a good soaping, make sure to rinse him really well and follow with a conditioner. At the end of it all wrap your pet in a great dog towel The Soggy Doggy and give him a thorough rub down which he'll love, then finish off with the hair dryer on a low heat setting. If you plan to do Dog Spa day often, you might want to get a pet dryer designed especially for pet hair.
Comb and brush out Rover with a conditioning dog coat spray to keep the
coat lustrous looking and healthy. In between Spa days,
you can maintain that fresh look and smell with a heavenly lavender
scented spritz that not only removes pet odors in a wink, but also
the coat and skin and imparts a healthy shine.
And, your dog's spa day is done... ...unless of course you have the expertise to handle a doggie pawdicure - very classy!
Now that you finished bathing your dog spa style and Rover looks amazing, why not take him out on a date or just for a walk with your special someone!