Bathing and grooming your dog regularly will help him live a longer healthier life. Don’t worry about getting yourself wet, wear old clothes or cut armholes in a plastic trashbag and slip it to protect your clothes. Don’t bathe your dog too often, it removes oils from the coat and cause the fur to dry out. Never bathe small puppies or dogs who are sick or pregnant. Instead groom them with a brush and damp washcloth whenever possible.
First put cotton in the dogs ears and a dab of Vaseline in the corner of each eye to keep the soap out. If your dog has tar or paint on it’s coat, rub in vegetable oil and leave it on overnight. Then shampoo the stain out during the bath. Your dog will love a good pampering with a soothing soak. Fill the tub with lukewarm water and use a natural shampoo that doesn’t irritate the eyes. You can use a dog shampoo or chamomile soap. He wont care. It will be lovely. Finish up with a solution that washes away soap residue and balances the skins ph and prevents dander buildup. This is a good finisher: 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 pint warm water. Mix together and pour over the dogs coat and rub it in. Don’t rinse.
Message your pup gently, it allows you to check for tangles and smooth them out. Be especially careful around her shoulders, back and neck where dogs are most sensitive. Use a grooming glove if you wish.
If you want your dog to smell good long after bath day, strap on a fragrance collar with a time release scent. She’ll smell fresh for up to 30 days.
The easiest way to keep your pooch looking and smelling good is by grooming. Brush his coat daily to redistribute skin oil and keep fur tangle free. Use tight boar bristles to remove dander from short haired breeds. Dogs with longer coats need bristles spaced further apart like those on a pin brush. For double coated breeds, like Akitas, a slicker brush is best because it reaches the underneath coat better.