What NOT To Do When You Wash Your Dog

What NOT To Do When You Wash your Dirty Dog
Here are some important rules to follow when doing a dog wash for your dirty dog:
1.  Attempting to do the dog wash alone?  If your dog is nervous or afraid in the bath, you should have a helper with you to hold them steady and help them feel safe.
2.  Don’t pour water over your dog’s head because lots of dogs develop secondary ear infections from moisture getting into the ear canal.
3.  Don’t get your dirty dog a “little bit” wet – If you don’t have a hose or sprayer, just fill up the bath and slowly pour the water over your dog, saturating the coat and skin. Get your dog as wet as possible before applying shampoo, especially if he has a full or long coat. It will make lathering a lot easier and rinsing as well.
4.  Don’t shorten the rinsing time – It’s really important to rinse all the soap and residue off your dog, which can take some time with a long or densely coated animal. Shampoo that dries on your dog’s coat or skin can be irritating, and it will also get dirty and matted in a hurry. So take your time and make sure you’ve rinsed thoroughly.
5.  Use a proper dog shampoo & conditioner for the dog wash.  The Ph for these is MUCH different than for people.  Otherwise, you can dry out your dog’s skin if you use “people” products.  A good dog shampoo will NOT contain soap and will rinse cleaner and easier.
6.  Clean their furry faces with a wet cloth to avoid getting soap in their eyes.
Excerpted from Healthy Pets by Dr. Karen Becker,  http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/10/11/mistakes-that-can-ruin-dogs-bath-time-for-his-lifetime.aspx
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