Being a responsible dog owner means keeping your pup clean. Try these dog-bathing tips from the Dog Care merit badge pamphlet.
TAKE IT SLOWLY
Start by getting your dog used to an empty tub. Work your way up to adding warm water.
Never use shampoo made for people. It is too strong and will dry out your dog’s skin.
Start at the tail. Your dog’s head should be the last thing you wash because once it gets wet, your dog will want to shake. Rinse thoroughly and make sure no soap is left on the dog’s skin.
When you wash its head, keep soap and water out of your dog’s ears and eyes.
BE HAPPY AND ENCOURAGING
While bathing your dog, talk gently and give it praise for sitting still.
Dogs can easily catch cold, so dry your dog thoroughly after each bath. You can use a hair dryer after towel-drying, but make sure the heat and power are set to low. Otherwise, use heavy towels and keep your dog warm.
TO WASH OR NOT TO WASH?
Unless your dog gets really filthy, it should only need a bath about once a month.