Every pet owner needs to know how to wash a dog. Things can get a little messy, but when you are done, you will have a fresh smelling, squeaky clean doggie. The amount of time it takes to wash a dog will vary depending on the size of the dog and how well he handles being bathed.
- Find a good location. Smaller dogs can be bathed in the sink or tub in the bathroom. For larger breeds, consider making bath time an outdoor activity.
- Gather all of your supplies. Get everything together before you begin. Once you start the process, you don't want to walk away to pick up the towel or soap. When you come back, you may be missing a dog and find yourself with a soapy mess in the house or backyard. You may want to purchase special shampoo for your dog's type of hair. Have plenty of water, something to rinse with (a large cup in the house or a hose for outside).
- For smaller dogs, begin to fill the tub or sink with enough water to cover his paws. You don't want to add too much water as it may cause anxiety for the dog and make bath time and unpleasant experience. Place the dog in the water and give him a chance to get used to it. Make sure you stay close. Take a cup or bowl and begin to wet them down being careful of their ears and eyes.
- For larger dogs, begin by getting them wet all over. The easiest method is to spray them with a hose. Use a gentle setting and spray all over, being careful to avoid their eyes and ears. This may be a two person job – one to hold the dog's collar and keep them in the water flow and one to spray.
- Add shampoo to the fur. Start with a smaller amount and add more as needed. Work up a lather and try to wash every part of the dog. Be careful around the face area. If your dog is getting nervous or making attempts to get away, try to comfort them or talk to them while you are washing.
- Rinse the dog with water. Use the same method from the previous step depending on the size of the dog. For some dogs, you may need to wash them another time to get all of the dirt off.
- Remove the dog from the water and towel him off. He is going to run around all over the place and shake as soon as he gets the opportunity. Try to minimize the amount of water that gets everywhere by patting him down with a towel and ringing out all of the excess water.
- Give him some time to dry himself off. If possible, keep the dog away from dirt or mud until he has dried off. You were just able to wash the dog and you want to enjoy the clean, even if it doesn't last very long.