Tips for bathing a small dog
The smaller your dog the easier, in theory, bathing should be. If your dog is frightened or anxious at bath time, learn more how to reduce the stress with our top tips for making bath time a breeze.
A small dog can be bathed in a smaller tub or container especially designed for the process. This allows you to choose the area where your dog has a bath, and also makes the process of lifting your dog in and out of the bath much easier.
Tips for bathing a large dog
A large dog may not be keen on getting into the bath, especially if it’s not something they’re used to. It might be easier for you to bathe them in a walk-in shower, if you have one. This will still get your dog clean, but helps you to control the environment and means that you won’t have to try and catch your dog if they jump out of the bath.
Tips for bathing a puppy
The best time to introduce your dog to regular bathing is when they are a puppy. At a young age they have less fear of new experiences and are much easier to train to be calm when bathing and grooming.
Try to choose a quiet time where activity around the home is at a minimum. Avoid times when people are cooking or eating, and limit access for any children until your puppy is used to the bath.
Puppies can be excitable and become easily distracted. It’s a good idea to have some small treats to hand so that you can reward your puppy for good bath time behaviour.
Use a very gentle dog shampoo to avoid drying out or damaging your puppy’s skin, as it can be very sensitive.