If you own a dog, you know how much dirt and dust they can bring
into your home. They also start smelling like a dog, so to speak,
if they don't get regular baths. So why not plan a do-it-yourself
spa day for your dog? Your pet will probably love all the attention
- and your clean house will love it too!
Start. Begin by brushing your dog with a
flea comb. Even if they don't have fleas, the comb will loosen up
Ears. Gently clean inside the ears. There
is special cleaner available from your vet or specialized pet
supplies store. Or use a slightly damp, clean microfibre cloth.
Nails. If you've always clipped your
dog's nails, then check them and give them a trim. If not, you
might want to go to a groomer for this.
Run the bath. Get a medium or large-sized
outdoor tub/container (plastic children's pools work great) and
fill it up about half of the way. Put your dog in the tub and get
them wet. Alternatively for indoors if the weather is too cold, use
your bath tub with hand-held shower head to wet all of their
Use shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo your
dog's fur well and then rinse it off completely. Then, apply
conditioner onto your dog and let it sit for a few minutes (if
possible). Then, thoroughly rinse it out again.
Dry time! Your dog will probably be happy
to jump out of the tub or leave the shower area - or pick them up
and place on a towel. Dry their fur all over with a towel. They
will love the rub-down. Use a hair dryer if that works too. As they
dry, brush your pet's fur again.
Brush their teeth. Use a special doggy
toothbrush and toothpaste to clean their teeth. This helps keep
teeth - and breath - clean and fresh. There is also special dog
food and chew toys available that helps to keep their teeth clean
Reward. Give your dog a bone.