November 2, 2017
Have you ever noticed how much cleaner your dog is after being to a groomer than when you wash him at home? You pour on heaps of shampoo, throw in a little water from the hose, give him a scrub and wash him off, but his coat still seems dull.
One of the biggest problems with washing at home is shampoo residue being left on the coat and skin which can cause dullness and in some cases, serious skin conditions. Many, if not most dog shampoos suggest you pour the shampoo liberally over the dog. This is not only makes it hard to rinse out, but it wastes a lot of shampoo unnecessarily.
Washing your dog can be quick and fun if you follow a few simple steps.
- Get everything ready beforehand, shampoo, sponge, chamois, towels
- For long coated dogs, or shedding coats, brush well first
- If necessary, use a soft lead to tie your dog in place so both your hands are free
- Use warm (but not hot) water whenever possible, if warm water is not available for the whole job, at least use a bucketful of warm water for shampooing and then rinse in cold
- Put some shampoo into a bucket and fill with warm water and wash your dog with a sponge rather than pouring the shampoo onto the coat, or mix in a pressure sprayer that is used solely for this purpose. This makes it easier to rinse out and you use significantly less too
- Rinse really well and take care not to get water in the ears or nose. When you have finished rinsing, the water should appear clear enough to drink
- Dry off with a chamois first, this removes heaps of water and then towel dry giving a really good scruff up, this is your dogs reward for being so good
If your dog gets vehicle oil in the coat, try brushing though liberal amounts of un-scented baby powder, oil and water just don’t mix. For removing chewing gum, use olive oil to rub into the gum and break it apart with your fingers. It should slide out in small pieces then shampoo with warm water as above.
And that’s really all there is to it. As always, brushing is more important than washing which helps remove dander, shedding coat and knots, and if in doubt, ask your groomer for advice for in-between maintenance.
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