What are safe, effective steps to bathe a dog?

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Bathing your dog is a necessary part of being a dog owner. While many dog owners take their dogs to the groomers in order to be bathed, brushed and trimmed, bathing your dog at home isn’t as hard as it may seem. Start giving your dog regular baths when he is a puppy so that he learns not to be afraid of bath time, and so that you can establish a routine of bathing your dog.

Before you begin the bath, prepare the area where you will be bathing your dog. Most pet owners choose to bathe their dog in the bathtub or shower, but it’s also possible to bathe your dog outside when the weather is nice. Have shampoo, towels and a brush on hand. Before you begin bathing, brush your dog thoroughly to get rid of any excess hair, loosen up any tangles or dirt, and ease your dog into the process.

Next, get your dog wet in the bathtub, shower, sink or outside. Once your dog is fully wet, apply a small amount of dog shampoo onto your hands and rub thoroughly into your dog’s coat. Avoid putting soap or water directly onto your dog’s face and ears. Use circular motions to rub the shampoo in all over your dog’s body, and then rinse off completely. Use a wet washcloth to wipe your dog’s face and ears.

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