This look is probably one that most dog owners are familiar with......
.....roughly translated it says - what on earth do you think you are doing to me?
Where to begin? Well it's probably best to make life as comfortable as possible for yourself first so, if you have a raised tub of any sort then this will certainly make life easier on you and your back, although whether this is viable will also depend on the size of your pet too!
Small dogs can be cleaned in your kitchen or laundry room sink. For larger dogs, depending on the weather, you have the option of using your indoor facilities such as your walk-in shower or bathtub or, if warm enough, outside using a garden hose.
Obviously, for both you and your pet's sake, do ensure you keep him/her calm, safe and secure during the process. That means keeping the water at a good temperature and if you are using a tub, they're slippy to pets so, put a towel in the bottom. If you have someone to assist you, then all the better to soothe your pet.
Make sure that you keep your dog's eyes and ears shielded (with your hands or otherwise) from any pouring water.
Regardless of the type of shampoo used, it is best not to get any on/around your pet's head - if you have to, then tip their head upwards so the head is tilted back and rinse away from the eyes!
If you are using one of our Luxury Pet Shampoo Bars just lather the bar in your hand prior to applying to your pet's coat otherwise just pour a small amount of a liquid shampoo on the dog's back, lather in all over (except the head!) and then rinse thoroughly.
Then wash their head area gently, and carefully, with a wash cloth; keep this cloth afterwards just for your pet!
When you are done with the wet stuff, towel dry your pet or, if they are fairly 'relaxed' about the whole process, you can even try blow drying - but if the latter method, keep the heat on a low setting! Just make sure that your pet is totally dry when you think you have finished to ensure that they do not get a cold or a chill.
For more general help and advice please take a look at Cesar's Way - or if the matter is of a more urgent or medical nature then do not hesitate to contact your local veterinarian.
After all the above is complete, a treat of choice for both you will probably be in order!
So, isn't it time to give your pet a treat then both of you will really feel and smell the difference,
Happy bath times,
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