Pet Pro: Bath time tips -

Pet Pro: Bath time tips

There's nothing better than picking up a clean dog from the groomer, but at $30 or more for a bath, your wallet will be left pretty clean too. Pet Pro Luciano Aguilar says bathing your dog at home is a lot easier than you think!

Dogs don't like to be clean, but if they're living in your house, they're going to need a bath. Luciano recommends you bathe them about every other week.

"Before you begin, you'll want to decide where you're going to bathe your dog," says Luciano. "And while you might like to wash him in the bathtub, this could get a little messy, so I like to do it outside."

You will need a few supplies, like your dog's collar and a leash, a brush, shampoo, conditioner, and a few towels for drying. Once the bathing begins, you're going to have your hands full, so lay everything you will need nearby so that it's handy.

"Before getting a single hair wet, brush your dog to remove any mattes or loose hair," says Luciano. "Once your dog is thoroughly brushed, then it's time to get in the tub."

You want this to be a good experience for your dog, so make sure the water temperature isn't too hot. If you burn him, he'll remember bath time as a bad experience and it will be much harder to bathe him in the future. And if you're working outside on a warm day, he'll probably enjoy the cool water from the garden hose.   

"Shampoo your dog's fur just like you would your own hair," says Luciano. "Just make sure to use a quality dog shampoo. Human shampoo can irritate a dog's skin, so you'll want to stay away from that. Then rinse and repeat with a conditioner to keep his coat soft and shiny."

Once you're done, take him out and towel him off. And no matter how dry you think you're getting him, dogs have a way of drying themselves off, so watch out for flying water!

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