Unless your puppy is a small, short-coated breed,
it's easier to take him to a groomer who has all the facilities for
bathing, drying and grooming afterwards. Dogs usually only need
bathing when they get dirty and smelly, such as when they’ve rolled
in something unpleasant or taken a dip in a muddy waterway.
Never bath a dog with a matted coat as it will
make the tangles worse. Groom the tangle out, or clip it off, first.
Bathing too often will strip the coat and skin of natural oils and
make them dry. Do not use human shampoos and conditioners as the
chemicals in these can prove injurious to dogs, either through
absorption through the skin or by causing skin and eve irritation.
Bath Time Checklist
Bath, sink or large container
outside (on a warm day)
Shower attachment, plastic jug or
hose with tepid water
Rubber mat for secure footing
Dog shampoo and conditioner
Towels for drying
Brush and comb for grooming
How To Bath Your Dog
Groom your dog first with a
brush or comb to remove any tangles or matted fur.
Soak the dog thoroughly with tepid water, getting
right down to the skin.
Work in shampoo, massaging your dog
all over, but being careful not to get soap or water in
his eyes and ears. Rinse thoroughly and apply dog
Rinse out all traces of conditioner
(although you can get leave-in ones), until the water
Skim off excess water from the coat
with your hands, then dry your dog well. lf it is a warm
day, allow him to dry naturally, otherwise use a
hairdryer on a low setting, being careful not to get too
close and burn him with hot air.