I agree with Marietta. Christine's idea of sending the dogs into the lake to rinse off is terrible! What about the wildlife that live in or around that lake?
I have 2 dachshunds and bathe them both in the tub. I tried the shower but it scares them. So I put them both in the tub and do it there. I did fashion a longer hose on the hand held shower so that it reaches a lot farther and is easier to rinse them with.
I'm wantiing to get a laundry tub that's up higher so I don't have to bend (gets hard on my old back!). When I do I'm going to set it up on my back deck and fashion a way to run a long hose from the sink to the outside tub. Then I won't have to use the cold water from the outside spigot. One of my dogs is getting pretty old and the cold water hurts her joints. But she loves the warm water.
After the bath I set up a gate across the steps so they can't get down into the yard until they are good and dry. That way they can't get down and roll around in the grass and dirt and get filthy again. Once dry thoroughly I let them go in the yard and they have a ball without the dirt sticking to their wet fur.
Well, I do my pup in the kitchen sink. She's really tiny and then I don't have to bend. We both get a bath. Then I just give the sink a good scrub. It really is easier on both of us I think, I don't get all frustrated with her trying to climb out of a bath tub and flooding the bathroom and she can see all around since the kitchen sink is shallow. I think she feels safer. My daughter tried the tub and said little Molly was nuts. Then we have a game with catch the dog with the hairdryer. She runs around getting nutty while I try to get just a little warm air on her. Finally we're done and both ready for a nap.
Great way to apply shampoo or conditioner is to use a spray bottle. 50/50 of water and shampoo or conditioner and then simply spritz it on and lather. Much more economical (You waste less shampoo then drizzling down the back) and it's easier to work down to the skin for double coated breeds.
After shampooing with shampoo formulated for canines, rinse with a 4:1 solution of water and vinegar to ensure a soft, shiny, and throughly rinsed coat. Bathtime for Zoey, my 9 year old beagle, is completed with a special treat of rosemary tea rinse. Using 2-3 Tablespoons of rosemary leaves in a bowl, I add as many cups of boiling water to steep for 10-15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, pour off the resulting tea into a recycled dish liquid dispenser. (I use a recycled funnel from a 2 liter beverage bottle). Be certain the solution is not too warm for your dog!
If you need a batch in a hurry, use less boiling water, and use several ice cubes to more rapidly cool the solution after steeping. The sweet aroma and soothing properties make this a great final leave-in rinse.
Soap is very bad for the wildlife who depend on the lake for survival. Soapy water should always go down a drain that is sent to a water treatment plant.
Sorry to be a party pooper, but sending a dog lathered with soap into a local lake is really bad for the lake, i.e. fish, plants, balance of water, etc.
Sure wish I had a lake handy! That sounds easy and fun for the dogs! I tried washing my two long-haired dachshunds in the shower, but they shed so much, all the hair in the tub really grossed me out. So it's the basement laundry tubs for us! Tearless shampoo is great and I also apply a sweet smelling conditioner which helps untangle their coats.
I give my dogs a bath in the shower. They love the massage setting on the shower head, which is a handheld, so I can get the water into their fur and make sure I get all the soap out. Also, when they shake off, they don't get the entire room wet, just the shower. Then we towel off in there and they run around like crazy all over the house. During flea season I use the tub and fill it up so my little dog is mostly underwater except his head and part of his neck. I tell them to "sit" for a minute or two in the water after they are cleaned up. This drowns any fleas that may be on them. The fleas float off and I scoop them out into a cup and just pour them back in when I let the water out of the tub.
I am a dog groomer. My best tip is to use baby shampoo on your pets face. It is tearless and you can give the face a good scrubbing.
I have two dogs that love to swim. I throw a stick for them in the lake and get them nice and wet. Then I lather them up with dog shampoo and throw the stick in the lake to get them rinsed. There you have any easy dog bath.
By christine rogalski
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