The title of this article actually poses a tricky question. A lot of people are thinking that, to bathe their dog, they just need some soap, some water, a tub, and they are good to go. Well, there’s a lot more going on here.
Please understand that the question is, “What do you need to bathe your dog the right way?” Pay close attention to the final part of that sentence: “the right way”. And this is where things get a little tricky.
Please understand that “the right way” for a chihuahua is going to be very different from “the right way” for a St. Bernard. This much should be obvious. We are, of course, dealing with the size issue.
But we also have to pay attention to the temperament of the dog. If you have a canine companion that has a tough time staying in one place and is quite yappy or puts up a fight, you’re going to have an issue in your hands.
You’re going to have a problem, so you have to factor in its temperament. And one way to resolve this is to look at the water temperature.
Please understand that if you have the most patient dog in the world, and I’m talking about a canine version of Mother Teresa or Mohandas Gandhi, your dog will probably tolerate bone-chilling cold water and an almost scalding hot water because your dog is just patient. It’s just chill.
Well, if you have a dog, on the other hand, that is very sensitive, you better get used to its sensitivity.
Remember, this is not about you. It’s about your dog. You’re trying to make sure that you can give it the high-quality bath it deserves.
And unfortunately, if you insist on just using any temperature water, your dog is going to be uneasy. It’s probably going to move around a lot, and this would make the washing process more of a problem that it needs to be.
This is going to be rough on both you and your pet, and nobody’s going to have a good time. Worse yet, your pet might put up such a resistance that you are basically pushed into cutting off the cleaning process sooner rather than later.
This is going to be a problem later on because your pet is actually not optimally cleaned. You’re not cleaning your pet the right way. Far from the right way.
Instead, you may actually be laying the seeds for possible skin irritation, skin infestation, or even parasite migration. None of these situations are good.
So, do yourself a very big favor and pay close attention to your pet’s preferences. Pets do have preferences.
I know it’s hard to believe for some people, but just like people, they have preferences, They have a preference for a specific place, they have a preference for the way they are caressed, they also tend to have certain preferences when it comes to water temperature and water quality.
So, experiment with your pet. Is your pet calmer in certain situations than others? Try to replicate those situations.
What was the temperature of the water? What kind of specialized dog soap were you using? Were you using any scrubs? Were you using any other cleaning tools?
This is going to be a little bit hard at first because you’re basically trying to put your finger on what makes your pet comfortable. But once you have ruled out certain elements in the process, you will eventually identify and isolate the things that work again and again. That’s the bottom line.
So, don’t think that this is a lost cause and it’s basically an ordeal. No, it isn’t. It doesn’t have to be. In fact, if you think about it, bathing your dog can be an amazing opportunity for you and your furry friend to bond.
Please understand that that creature that you are bathing will willfully give up its life for you. No questions asked.
If you don’t believe me, just go on Google and look for news stories of dogs going into burning buildings, warning its owners, and then staying behind to die. That’s how loyal dogs are.
They’re doing this not because they’re dumb. They’re doing this not because they have nothing else better to do. They’re doing this because they love you.
So, if you have this proper frame of mind when you are bathing your dog, you will go out of your way, no matter how inconvenient it may be, to make sure that the experience is just right for your dog.
Let me tell you, whatever time, effort and energy you invest in ensuring that all conditions are right just so Fido can have a good time bathing, will be repaid many times over.
You probably already know this. You probably already know how loyal your pet is to you. You probably already know how far it will go just for you.
If you’re still unconvinced, just try to compare your personal Fido to a human friend. There is no comparison.
Human friends come and go. Their loyalties fade. Oftentimes, it takes one unwisely selected word for that friend to turn from somebody who admires and respects and loves you, to somebody who has it in for you.
Your friends can also envy you. They can also say stuff behind your back. None of that stuff happens with a dog because your dog doesn’t envy you. It doesn’t backstab you.
Instead, it is your number one fan. It wants the very best for you. It wants you to succeed. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to feel complete.
So, investing a little bit of time or a few hours in bathing your dog is a tiny drop in the bucket. Seriously.
So, do yourself a big favor, learn to pick out the right products as well as the right setting and the right time and schedule to bathe your dog the right way. The key here is the phrase “the right way.”
And unfortunately, there is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solution because this is ultimately individual. Every dog is different, just as human beings are all different from each other.
So, take this opportunity to know your dog better and see what its real preferences are so you can serve it better. That’s how you play the game.