If you’ve taken a stroll around our beautiful grounds here at Altis Sand Lake, you’ve probably noticed the shiny, new dog washing station. We’re really excited about it because we love all of the furry friends that call Sand Lake home and want to keep them just as happy as we keep their owners!
If you’ve never given a dog a bath, or have been curious about the best way to do it, read on for our step by step guide to dog washing! Always make sure you consult with your veterinarian before giving Fido his first bath.
What You’ll Need:
Shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for dogs
A couple of towels
A brush (a pinhead brush is best for longer hair; thicker bristles work better on short hair)
Step 1: Prep
While the coat is still dry, brush out any knots and remove as much dirt/debris as possible. If you come across any matted hair, brush around it and use scissors to gently cut it out. Did your pup come across some tree sap on your last walk together? Dab it with a little baby oil and it should come right out.
Step 2: Get in the Tub
Help Fido into the washing basin (our station has a convenient little ramp) and add about six inches of warm water. If your pup is nervous around running water or hates bath, takes this step really slow! Treats and encouragement can help an anxious animal relax and stop associating bath time with sadness. Once your pup is comfortable, hold his or her nose down (so water doesn’t flow in) and start getting their coat wet.
Step 3: Shampoo
Use a quarter size amount at a time (how much shampoo you will need depends on the size of your dog), work it into a lather, and gently massage it into you dog’s coat. Please, don’t use your own shampoo for this – pet skin has a different pH balance and requires a special formula. Shampoo your pup from head to tail, avoiding the eyes and ears as best as possible.
Step 4: Condition/Clean
If you’re using conditioner, massage a thin layer into the dog’s coat and let it sit for a few minutes. While that’s happening, take a damp cotton ball and wash away any residue around Fido’s eyes and mouth. Once you’re done, rinse very thoroughly!
Step 5: Dry and Love
Drain the washing basin and begin drying your dog while he or she is still in there. Wrap Fido in a towel and gently squeeze/pat to get the moisture out. Avoid rubbing because that will ultimately only tangle the coat and undo all of your hard work. Once most of the moisture is gone, let your dog out of the basin and let ‘em shake shake shake! While the coat is still slightly damp, brush it out and let your dog finish drying naturally. Follow with cuddles, treats, and belly rubs for optimal results!
There you have it! Washing your pup is much easier than you think and it’s especially convenient when you’re using our state-of-the-art washing stations. Now that Fido is clean and happy, maybe it’s time to check out our dog park?