Bathing your bulldog, can be a difficult job.
Unfortunately not all dogs go in as easy as this one..
Here are 10 Tips to give your Bulldog a Bath:
1. Collect the materials you will need, so you will have everything close at hand.
Materials: Doggyshampoo, brush or sponge, treats, towels, cotton balls (for cleaning the ears).
2. Before you giving your dog a bath, give his coat a good brushing This will remove any loose dirt, mats and snarls. Tangles in your dog’s coat will be much harder to remove once his coat is wet.
3. Make sure your dog doesn’t slip in the tub or shower, put a towel on the floor when you think he might slip
4. The whole bathing process may be somewhat frightening, so take things slowly. Help your dog to associate the tub or sink with pleasant things by speaking in a soothing voice and giving him treats. Be ready to put lots of effort into making the bath a positive experience for your dog; doing so will pay off in the long run if your pet is a happy participant, rather than frightened or resistant. Make sure the first time the water isn’t to high (chestlevel) so he can get used to it.
5. If you want to stay a little dry when bathing your dog, begin washing from behind and save the neck and head for last. Usually they start shaking when their neck and head gets wet.
6. Examine your dog carefully for skin irritations, fleas and ticks, ear infections, or other health concerns. You can detect fleas with a special brush and ticks can be seen as small lumbs.
7. When washing make sure to take special care of the ears, wrinkles, tail, genitals and between the toes.
8. Rinse all of the shampoo out of your dog’s coat thoroughly. If you can still see bubbles on the dog, you need to rinse a couple more times. Any soap, shampoo or conditioner residue left on the dog will attract dirt, defeating the purpose of the exercise. Soap residue can also irritate your dog and cause itching.
9. Dry your dog with the towel, when bathing your dog in a tub, let the water run out and dry your dog in the tub (this will save you a lot of cleaning afterwards) .When the dog is dried up, brush it again, this will remove the last hairs and will make their coat shine
10. Give him a tasty treat as a reward for good behavior. He’ll quickly learn that getting a bath is not a frightening experience. Don’t be surprised if your dog wants to run around the house like a puppy, rubbing himself on everything to try and dry himself. This is normal behavior but if he is getting himself dirty, then distract him with toys or a game.
Avoid getting water or shampoo in your dog’s ears and eyes. A small piece of cotton ball can be gently tucked into each ear to stop water or shampoo going into the inner ear but be careful not to push this in too far. If in doubt, leave this out.
Always use dogshampoo from your vet or petstore. Don’t use human shampoo even when it is organic or PH neutral. Quality pet shampoos take into consideration that a dog’s skin has a different pH level than human skin.
Don’t wash your dog to often. In most cases a brush will get out most of the dirt. Washing your dog to often can lead to skinproblems.
Don’t wash your puppy the first few weeks, when they are young they are much more likely to get a cold from it.
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