For people, a bath usually means pure relaxation. Candlelight, foam and warmth are a successful break from everyday life. Unfortunately, dogs see this differently, and often resist the cleansing procedure.
Nevertheless, especially dogs that live together with the owner in an apartment or a house, for reasons of cleanliness and from time to time to be washed or bathed.
Especially in autumn and winter, the four-legged are in the mud, wallowing in the dirt and carry it into the four walls of their owners.
To counteract this, it is recommended to bathe the dog. But what is the best way to do it without scare the dog or even hurt it and without having mud splashes throughout the apartment?
How do I free the dog from heavy soiling?
As a rule, dogs can be washed “normally” by shedding them in the bathtub, for example. Some dogs think this is great and are really looking forward to the procedure, but some other dogs start yowling, barking aloud or even running away.
But especially with hard dirt our four-legged friends have to go through here and it is therefore recommended to lure with rewards and good persuasion, so that the dog can combine the procedure with positive memories. In the medium or long term, the dog will lose the fear of the bath with a positive memory.
It is best to put the dog in the tub, prepare the bathroom floor with rubber mats or other washable materials, and gently breathe the animal off with the shower head. Here you can free in light, circular movements, the coat of the dog from the dirt.
In order to successfully tackle even hard soiling in the coat of the animal, a mild shampoo should be used in addition. For this there are special care products for the fur of the four-legged, which are free of synthetic additives and have no aggressive odors, such as eucalyptus or vanilla, which would be very unpleasant for the odor-sensitive animal and very painful for him in contact with the eyes of the dog could be.
Dogs should not be bathed too often
After the bath, the animal should be dried gently (without strong scratching) with a commercially available towel and, if possible, the fur dried naturally inside.
If a hair dryer is used, this must be done with sufficient distance from the skin of the animal and at a low heat level, so that the animal is not damaged by the heat. Dogs should never be bathed too often. Dog fur is naturally protected by a natural fat film that acts against harmful external influences.
The protective film can be destroyed by frequent washing with shampoo or aggressive shampoos.
Therefore, dog owners should take care that they do not treat their four-legged friend too often to a care procedure with shampoo. Light soiling can also be removed at certain points and without shampoo, for example with a soft cloth.