Giving a Dog a Bath In the Winter

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Some dogs require washing in the cold winter months (particularly those with oily coats), even though the last thing they want to do during this time of year is wet fur! It is important to keep your pooch from getting too chilly during his bath and afterwards. Alternately, you may choose to deodorize and clean him with a waterless dog shampoo for a quick and easy cleaning with no water needed.


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What You'll Need:
• Dog shampoo
• Rubber tub mat
• Large cup
• Sponge
• Large towels
• Space heater (optional)
• Cotton balls
• Mineral oil
• Dog treats
• Hair dryer
• Waterless dog shampoo

Traditional Bath


Step # - 1Place a rubber tub mat in the bottom of a bathtub to prevent your dog from slipping. Place dog shampoo, a washcloth, large cup and large towels within reach of the tub. Turn on a space heater in the bathroom if it is cool or drafty and shut the door. Allow the room to warm up before your dog's bath.


Step # - 2Brush your dog out thoroughly to remove any loose hair and debris. Comb out all tangles in his hair. When you add water to tangles, they become tighter and harder to remove.

Step # - 3Place a cotton ball in each of your furry friend's ears to protect them from shampoo and water. This action helps to prevent your pet from ear infections due to excess moisture.


Step # - 4Instill a drop of mineral oil in each of your pooch's eyes. Mineral oil protects eyes from shampoo and prevents burning during a bath.

Step # - 5Add lukewarm water to the bathtub up to your dog's knees.


Step # - 6Dip a large cup into the water and pour it over your dog to saturate his hair thoroughly. Add dog shampoo to the neck area and lather it backwards, working toward his tail. Massage the shampoo deep into his fur and down to his skin. This may be your pup's favorite part, especially if you find his "itchy spot."


Step # - 7Dip a sponge into the bath water and clean his face and ears. Rinse your pooch thoroughly with ample amounts of clean water. Open the drain in the tub and rinse your pet a second time to remove all traces of shampoo and protect him from itchy skin.

Step # - 8Remove your dog from the tub and dry him vigorously with a towel. Remove the cotton balls from his ears. Stand back and allow him to shake water off himself.


Step # - 9Turn a hair dryer on the lowest heat and airflow settings and dry your dog thoroughly, constantly moving the flow of air over his body so that the heat doesn't concentrate on one spot for too long. Do not let your pet outside until he is entirely dry. Give your pet a tasty dog treat for being patient and good during his bath.


Waterless Dog Bath

Step #1 - Brush all tangles and debris out of your dog's fur.

Step #2 - Put a rubber tub mat in the bottom of the tub for stability. Place your dog in the bathtub near the center.

Step #3 - Spray waterless dog shampoo into your hand and apply it to your pet. Massage it into his fur and down to the skin level.

Step #4 - Brush the excess dry shampoo out of his fur and then remove him from the bathtub. Rinse any excess dry shampoo down the bathtub drain with water. Vacuum or sweep up any dry shampoo that your buddy shook onto the floor.

Caution: If you have a shower sprayer, wet and rinse your dog by holding the sprayer head very close to his fur. Holding it farther away can make more noise and scare him, making baths a trying time for both of you. Never spray water directly on your pooch's face or in his ears or eyes. Use a sponge to clean his delicate areas to avoid an excess of water.

By Mary Lougee

ASPCA: Bathing Your Dog
American Kennel Club: Grooming How to Bathe Your Dog
VetInfo: Waterless Dog Shampoo
ASPCA: Cold Weather Tips

About the Author
Mary Lougee has been writing since 2004 and specializes in pets with publications in "Modern Dog" and "Pet Planet." Lougee gained extensive pet knowledge and expertise in care and rehabilitation, built a farm, and cares for rescue animals from small to large. She holds a bachelor's degree in management.