If you’re like us, your dog is not just a pet, he or she is a part of the family; so when you remodel your bathroom you may want to consider where Fido does most of his bathing. Do you struggle to get your dog into the bathtub? Or does your puppy like to follow you everywhere including the shower? All dogs are different, but these tips can help you make bath time fun for both you and your furry best friend.
First steps first, you may like your brand new bathroom but new tile flooring can feel cold and slippery to your dog. To prevent your dog from slipping or scratching your new bathroom floor, be sure to clip nails before bath time and place a large towel or blanket in front of the bathtub or shower so your dog feels warm and comfortable. If you have a long haired dog, brushing your dog beforehand will help with excess shedding that can cause a clogged drain. It’s also a great way to calm a nervous puppy. When Fido is ready, be sure to introduce him to the water slowly. And remember, if it feels too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your dog. Bring the water to a luke-warm temperature and use treats to reward your dog for good behavior during bath time.
To protect your brand new bathtub or shower base, a non-slip mat is a great idea. Your dog will also feel more comfortable as they will be able to get a better footing. If you don’t have a hand shower, use a cup or even a small bowl to gradually get your dog wet and then apply a small amount of doggie shampoo. Keep in mind, “less is more” when it comes to bath products. Try to avoid your dog’s head and ears and gently lather the shampoo from shoulders to tail. If you have a large dog, an extra set of hands is helpful.
A hand-shower makes rinsing easy but if you don’t have one a cup or bowl will do the trick. A wet dog will want to shake dry so use treats to keep your dog calm. Be sure to dry your dog thoroughly and if it’s cold outside don’t hesitate to use a blow dryer.
Bath Time Dos & Don’ts
Some things to keep in mind before you break out the towels and the puppy shampoo.
- Do not – bathe your dog for 48 hours after applying flea or tick medication like Frontline
- Do not – use cold water
- Do not – put your dog in a full tub of water right away
- Do not – use “people” shampoo, it can sting your puppy’s eyes
- Do – bathe your dog regularly
- Do – use luke-warm water
- Do – ease your dog into the water gradually
- Do – brush your dog before bath time to prevent a clogged drain
If you follow these tips we’re sure both you and your dog will love your brand new bathroom!