Dogs 101 – How to Bath A Puppy Appropriately?
Now this is my personal least-favourite task, always lead to a very high blood pressure of mine, and dogs generally hate this too. Gently apply pressure to their paws pads and you’ll find a clear view of their nails. Whatever you are about to do, never ever cut on their ‘quick’. The quick is the part of the dog nail that often appears to be pink; it has all the nerves and blood supplies. If you happen to cut this part, your dog would scream and cry because they would bleed out. Not only that, you will find the next nail cutting session a mission impossible, so….fingers crossed for you if you are facing this moment anytime soon. You would want to only cut on the semi-transparent part of the nail on the tip and would rather leave it longer than cut to the minimum where you are unsure if you are going to accidentally cut on the quick. Simply bring them out to walk and run to further shorten the nails.
You would imagine dogs would love bath time as they are always crazy about being in water puddles on your daily walk, but the truth is no, they hate it! My friend’s golden retriever would always get himself into a stream no matter what weather is like on their daily walks, and still, hate hate hates baths. You would probably think your dog would want to smell like lavender, vanilla or sweet apple but the truth is they want to smell like mud or want to be covered the smell of a grass field by rubbing themselves onto grass or their own urine (Ewww….) So you and your dog would have to meet each other in the middle, by not smelling like grass but also not to bath them daily. Try to keep it fortnightly or even monthly as excessive bathing takes away their natural healthy oil on their skin and would eventually become dandruffy that prone to get infected.
Get pre-bath checks done by finger brush though your dog’s coat for any abnormalities, such as flees, ticks, skin infections or any lumps. You will need dog hair brush, dog shampoo, big dried towel and a hair dryer. Brush your dog’s coat thoroughly until it is smooth without any tangles and knots. Wet its coat with warm water slowly starting from their legs. Make sure no water gets into your dog’s ear canals by apply some pressure on their ears when wetting close to its ears. Use dog shampoo only and not your own shampoo as the pH levels would be different. Gently rub and massage through your dog’s coating and rinse it off – this step could be followed by the instructions on your dog shampoo bottle. Towel dry your dog and start blow dry, ha! Dog generally hates this by the hot air and noise, but a fully dried coat is very important as excess moist would lead to fungal growth and skin infections. I always brush my dog’s fur along with the blow drying and this works perfectly as the air could get contact with skin to ensure fully dried coat at the end. Just be careful on the temperature that’s all, you don’t want the heat to hurt them.