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    Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Fido’s in the Tub!

    Dogs need a scrub every now and then. Here’s how to make the most of bath time.

    An occasional bath is good for a dog. But if you wash your dog improperly, you could do more harm than help. So here are some tips for making bath time a positive experience for your dog.
     

    Choose a Shampoo
    Before washing a dog, you’ll need to choose a shampoo. Dogs with dry or sensitive skin, or who are bathed more often, may need special medicated shampoo from a veterinarian. Dogs who are bathed infrequently, on the other hand, can tolerate most human shampoos. There are shampoos for dogs with sensitive itchy skin and some varieties for longer-haired dogs to help with tangles.
     

    Hose or Tub?
    Never wash your dog with an outside hose because the water is too cold. Instead, put a nonskid mat on the bottom of a bathtub, and run lukewarm water until it reaches the dog’s knee level. Some dogs might be intimidated by the tub, so try using a shower with a nonslip rubber mat on the floor.
     

    Bath Time
    Wet the pup down using a pitcher or detachable shower spray, lather him up all over and rinse thoroughly. Consider using a shower puff instead of your hands to lather the shampoo. Use a wet cloth with no shampoo to clean your dog’s face; this will help prevent shampoo getting in his ears or eyes. Dry your dog off using a few towels.

    Take your time introducing your dog to the water and to the whole bathing experience. After the bath, reward him with a treat to reinforce his good behavior.

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