Dog Grooming 101 – Bathing Your Dog

Most dogs are very energetic and lively; they really light up a place when they’re around. They are fiercely loyal, and have their own little ways to cheer you up when you’re down. For everything they offer us, grooming is one of the best ways to return their love and loyalty.

Grooming, aside from training, could be considered one of the hardest parts of having a pet. Since grooming needs to be regular, it requires time, patience and effort from dog owners. Some owners just call a dog grooming service for their pets, and that’s okay. But, grooming is such an essential part of the pet-owner relationship – it strengthens the bond you already have with your adorable pet. Consider it as a date with your husband/wife/significant other – you don’t really need to do it every day, but you have to have that “alone time” with your partner if you’re going to make the relationship work. And, just like dates, grooming should be enjoyed both by the pet and the owner.

Bathing is one part of grooming that people think is all fun. You often see on television and in movies the spraying, the splashing and the laughter it creates. Truth be told, not all bathing sessions are like that. Yes, it’s pretty messy, but most of the time, dogs run away from baths and go crazy. So, actually, bathing is quite hard. But, here are some easy tips on how to master the bathing experience and turn it into something fun both for you and your dog:

– Mind over matter – Fearing bath time is a bad idea for dog owners. Remember that your pet can actually sense what you feel every single time you’re with him, so when he senses your fear or annoyance to the entire bathing process, he’ll definitely go crazy. Try thinking positively about the bath. Think that it’s going to be okay, and that you’ll be successful. When your dog senses your serenity and confidence, he’ll trust you.

– Make it a habit – You don’t need to give your dog a bath every day, but let him get used to the idea of bathing. As much as possible, start bathing your dog while he’s still young. Make him accustomed to the sound of running water, to the feel of the water on his fur. This takes time and patience, but it will all be worth it. Bath time will be a breeze.

– Reward your dog – For behaving properly, or not going crazy, reinforce your dog by giving him a treat. While he’s getting used to the water, always reassure him that he’s safe with you, that it’s “just a bath” and nothing to be afraid of. Be firm, but gentle.

Grooming is a wonderful experience between the owner and the dog. If you have time, groom your pet every now and then. For extreme cases and professional help, you can always call a local dog grooming services. For now, enjoy the bath! Get wet and wild with your pooch!


Amber Brown is a regular contributor to a local magazine on pet care. She owns a Dog Grooming Salon and owns a few dogs and a cat.

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