Dog Bath Supplies

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    Does your pooch love being pampered, or does she dread bathtime? Either way, having the best dog bath supplies will maintain your dog’s health and happiness.

    FAQs About Dog Bath Supplies

    Knowing how often your dog should be bathed will help you determine how to stock up on dog bath supplies.

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    How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

    1. When you’re having house guests, it’s a good time to give your dog a bath. Sometimes we go nose-blind to our furry friends. Since we’re around them all the time, we might not realize when they could use a good cleaning. Especially if guests are staying in your home with dander allergies, it’s not a bad idea to wash your pet as well as their designer dog bed.
    2. Research the best bathing habits for your dog’s breed. Typically, longer fur requires more frequent bathing, while shorter haired dogs can go for longer. Aim for every four to six weeks for medium coats.
    3. Bathe as needed. Whenever you notice an odor, or after your pet gets noticeably dirty, muddy, or sandy.
    4. After your pet is exposed to an allergen or toxin that might irritate their skin. If you notice your dog is scratching a lot, a warm, sudsy dog bathing may help with skin irritation. And of course, this includes skunks!

    What Dog Washing Supplies Are Essential?

    Essential dog bathing supplies include: Gentle shampoo or soap bar, a washcloth, warm water, a tub, dry towels, a hair dryer, and a comb or brush. Plus, an extra set of hands is always helpful!

    Additional pet bathing supplies can be helpful. If you want to avoid getting wet yourself, wear an apron and waterproof gloves. Bring treats if your dog needs to be distracted or persuaded to stay in one spot as she’s being bathed. To turn bath day into a luxurious spa day, you can expand your dog bath accessories to include nail trimming or ear cleaning tools.

    What is the Easiest Way to Give Your Dog a Bath?

    Pet bathing can be a messy experience, especially if your pup is excitable, impatient, or anxious. So what are the different ways to go about it, and which is the easiest?

    1. Outside. On the deck, porch, patio, or in the yard. This way, there’s no cleanup required. Gather your dog shower accessories. Make sure to use an organic, all-natural, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, because the soapy water will soak into the ground afterward. Weather-permitting, this is an economical choice. Make sure it’s not too cold for the comfort of your pet. You can use the hose, pour pots of warm water as your dog stands still, or put him in a portable tub.
    2. In your own bath or shower. First, clear the area of breakable or water-sensitive items and electronics in case your dog decides to leap out of the bath prematurely. The shower head can be quite handy, especially if it’s movable. Bathing your dog in your own bath or shower may require an additional dog bathing supply: a bottle of Drano on hand, because dog hair may clog the drain afterward. Wash down the tub or shower afterward.
    3. Pay a professional. This is the easiest way to wash your dog, especially if you don’t have the time for the preparation and cleanup. Allow a couple hours after dropping off your pooch at the vet or dog groomer. Some big box pet supply stores such as Petsmart offer bathing services as well. Some pet bathing businesses have a self-service option, which costs less. In those cases, check the self-service website to see what dog bathing equipment is provided. Most professionals will ask for proof that your pup is up to date on vaccinations before grooming. They may also offer additional services in addition to bathing, and sometimes throw in a complimentary bandana.
    4. Community dog wash. Like car washes, some organizations use dog washes as fundraising events. Check your local area to see if any organizations, like veterinary schools, are hosting a community dog wash. They will have the basic dog bathing tools only - no organic paw or nose balm!