How To Bathe Your Dog

Let us educate you on the finer points of dog-bathing for the next time Spot comes home smelling of sewage and rotten birdseed.

You will need

  • A tub
  • sink
  • or basin
  • A spray hose or a large plastic pitcher
  • Dog shampoo
  • A washcloth or sponge
  • Cotton balls
  • Towels
  • And a dog brush
  • A collar
  • And a human helper

Step 1 Prepare a bath Prepare a bath by adding three to four inches of warm water to the tub, sink, or basin.

Step 2 Put dog into bath Put the dog into his bath. He will likely resist, so stay firm.

Step 3 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.

Step 4 Massage in shampoo Working from head to tail, gently massage the shampoo throughout the dog’s coat.

Step 5 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.

Step 6 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.

Step 7 Check inside ears Check the insides of his ears. If necessary, clean them gently with dampened cotton balls.

Step 8 Dry him Dry him as much as possible with a clean towel.

Step 9 Brush dog 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.