Not all pets like bathing, so make this moment more peaceful for him and you
Among the responsibilities of dog owners, is bathing the dog to keep it clean and healthy. This moment is not always as peaceful as you might think, but you can provide comfort to your pet by bathing at home.
Fortunately, dogs don’t need a bath very often. Short or medium-haired animals should be cleaned every two weeks in the summer and once a month during the winter. Long-haired ones require biweekly cleaning, always. If your pet lives in a place where it can get dirty, such as a yard or land, you need to increase the amount of baths.
Although pet shops are specialized places and suitable for a good bath for dogs, it is not always possible to take the animal there.
Puppies that have not yet completed vaccination and deworming are unable to attend the site. In addition, prices can represent a high expense in your budget. If you do not have a car, you will need to use a taxi or a service that will pick up the pet at home, increasing the cost.
In order to save and maintain your dog’s well-being, in addition to your own satisfaction in finding it fragrant and with soft hair, some care will be needed when bathing the animal at home. Learn how to do this:
Give the pet a little fat before the bath
Not all dogs like to bathe, while others love it. To avoid that the animal is stressed by this moment or too excited, resulting in situations that can disrupt the task, such as escape and agitation, allow your pet to expend energy before taking a bath. A long walk in the neighborhood, jogging or strength and socializing with other dogs are welcome activities before a bath so that the animal can be relaxed during cleaning.
In addition, he can relieve himself and avoid getting dirty right in the middle of the bath! Remember to reward him for his good behavior during and after the shower with some snacks and a special massage.
Prepare the site
Depending on the size of the animal, you can wash it inside the bathroom sink or in the laundry tank. Larger animals can be bathed in the shower. Although it seems a good idea, it is not recommended to bathe the animal outdoors with a hose, as it is essential that the water is warm so that the dog does not feel the temperature difference and for the products used to take effect. Choose a hot time of day so that the dog does not feel so cold. Also, leave a dry towel on, as dogs love to rub themselves when they are wet. Have another towel to remove excess water from the hair and a hairdryer that has a warm temperature.
Choose the right products
Never use human products for bathing pets. Purchase soap, shampoo, conditioner and other cosmetics from specialized pet stores to avoid reactions, as the skin of humans and animals is quite different. The products must be suitable for your pet’s type of hair (short, medium or long), for the color of the skin and hair (light or dark) and for the desired effect (hydration, detangling, shine). Prefer products that use natural components, such as almonds, castor, aloe vera and essential oils. Remember that this type of product is less viscous and low in foam, but it is more efficient to protect and clean your pet. If your friend has a skin problem, consult a veterinarian to avoid making a mistake when buying a bath product.
Strengthen hygiene in the right places
The whole body of the animal must be cleaned, however, some parts a little more hidden deserve special attention, as they can concentrate dirt, in addition to being preferred by fleas and ticks. They are the genital region, the armpits (and folds, if your dog has them) and between the paw pads. The ears also need special care, however, they should not be wet directly, let alone inside the dog’s ear. Put some cotton on to prevent water from entering the area and causing infections. To clean your pet’s face, use a damp cloth and sanitize especially the area under the eyes, which can accumulate sprouts and cause stains, especially in light-haired dogs.
Opt for a dry bath from time to time
When temperatures are very low, if the animal is very stinky and it is not yet a bath, or if he hates bathing, you can try a dry version that, while not replacing the traditional bath, also leaves the animal clean and healthy .