Tips for Bathing Fido

Does your dog run and hide when he hears the dreaded B-word? Although Fido is very enthusiastic about many of life’s simple pleasures, such as bacon, belly rubs, and long walks, relaxing baths don’t rank very high on his list of favorite things. In this article, a Glendale, AZ vet offers advice on bathing your furry pal.


Does your dog balk at hopping into the tub? Call Fido into the bathroom, and have him get into the tub. Then, just give him a yummy treat or a new toy, and let him go. After a few weeks of this, Fido will probably be much more enthusiastic about bath time! If you usually get splashed bathing your pup, get a clear shower curtain. Make two vertical cuts in it. They should be about four feet apart, and go from the bottom up. When you are bathing your canine pal, use the slits as armholes.


Before bringing your canine companion into the bathroom, put a rubber mat in the tub, so he doesn’t scratch it. You may also want to put some towels down on the floor to soak up any overflow. A good brushing is also recommended, as this will get that dead fur out of Fido’s coat.


Human shampoos are not safe for pets, so be sure to use only products specifically made for dogs. If your four-legged pal is on flea control, don’t double up by using flea shampoo or dips. That could expose your pooch to dangerous levels of chemicals! You may also want to get a pitcher for rinsing.

The Bath

The basics of doggy bathing are pretty much what one would expect: lather, rinse, repeat. Just be sure to use warm, not hot, water. Also, take care to avoid getting soap in Fido’s eyes, ears, or nose. You may want to use a washcloth for that furry face.

The Afterbath

Once his bath is over, Fido will probably immediately hop out of the tub and start shaking himself, likely getting you and the bathroom soaked in the process. Be ready with a towel and a treat! Weather permitting, take your pup for a brisk walk, so he can dry off. Afterwards, you’ll get your reward: cuddles from a clean, fresh-smelling pet!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Glendale, AZ animal clinic, anytime!

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