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    How to wash your dog?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceThursday 14 July 2011

    A regular dog washing might result quite expensive and all dog owners admit that it can get really costly in a prolonged run to send a beloved dog for professional washing and grooming. If you have wondered how to save some money during the holidays, we have prepared few tips on how to wash your dog on your own.

    First of all you should prepare your work space. It’s good to have all the items you might need close at hand. Remember to prepare the following accessories: towels, dog shampoo, dog conditioner, dog sponge etc.  Then, remember to place your dog in a secure place and tighten or secure a doorway. Once your dog is in a bathtub, it is a good moment to inspect it for any skin or coat problem and see if there are any health issues. If you spot any ticks, you may want to see a vet to get it removed or remove it yourself. Remember to pick out a good shampoo, it’s good if you ask your veterinary about some brands before applying on your dog any product. Pick out a good flea or problem specific shampoo at a pet store or retail store. Some general dog shampoos are formulated with oatmeal to help reduce general irritation. If you have a puppy, check to make sure that he is old enough for the shampoo that you have chosen.

    Apply the shampoo from the top down, first for his back, then gently scrubbing down to his tail and below, his rear legs, his belly and chest, and then his neck. Make sure to massage shampoo into all of his creases, or rolls, like under his front legs and neck. For best results, use your thumbs or fingers to massage in a circular motion. Do not miss to wash the head and face. Use very warm water, since this is an area where eye secretions and food can generate much of a dog's odor. Make sure you DO NOT get shampoo in your dogs eyes, nose, ears, or mouth. Keep the shampoo on your dog for as long as the bottle calls for. To reduce any skin irritation you should rinse your dog well after the bath. Then get a towel and lay it over your dog’s back and rub your dog dry. Make sure you dry the inside of his ears also.

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