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Become an expert in the care and feeding of Fido with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A tub, sink, or basin
- A spray hose or a large plastic pitcher
- Dog shampoo
- A washcloth or sponge
- Cotton balls
- And a dog brush
- A collar
- And a human helper
Prepare a bath
Prepare a bath by adding three to four inches of warm water to the tub, sink, or basin.
Put dog into bath
Put the dog into his bath. He will likely resist, so stay firm.
Wet your pet
Use a spray hose or a large plastic pitcher to thoroughly wet your pet. Be sure not to get water directly in the dog's eyes, ears, or nose.
Massage in shampoo
Working from head to tail, gently massage the shampoo throughout the dog's coat.
Use sponge or washcloth
Use the sponge or washcloth on the dog's grimiest areas—his underbelly, the insides of his legs, and of course, that ever-wagging tail.
Rinse him off
Using the hose or pitcher again, rinse him off. Take care to do so completely—dried shampoo can seriously irritate a dog's skin.
Check inside ears
Check the insides of his ears. If necessary, clean them gently with dampened cotton balls.
Dry him as much as possible with a clean towel.
Give your dog a quick brush to release any small tangles, and then set him free. He'll probably go roll around in the dirt to celebrate.