Giving a Dog a Bath

May 1, 2011

Long Haired Chihuahua in grassOne of my long-haired Chihuahuas is now 6 years old, but right from day one she has hated being bathed. I normally use a detachable rubber shower hose so I can wash the dogs in the laundry tub, but with her, it took two of us to hold her in the tub; she was like a demented wild cat, it was so stressful for her and me.


I decided to try taking her in the shower with me and it worked like a charm. I hold her in my arms with the water running gently. Having a very long coat, it takes a bit to wash all her parts. I can turn her over on her back and wash her tummy properly, around her genital area and tail and even have the water running on her head. I think she feels safe and secure because I'm holding her firmly. No doubt it would be a funny sight, but as long as she's not stressed, I'm happy. She then stands on the shower floor and shakes on command whilst I get out and grab the towels. It would be impossible with a bigger dog, but for us it's magic!

She also lays on my legs while I finish drying her with the blow dryer on cool temperature. She is very pampered, but I love her.

By Lois from Qld, Australia

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April 30, 2012

I have been giving baths to my husband's German Shepherd mix dog, and I use the Tea Tree and Dawn mixed with water to bathe her with. She no longer has the tumors or warts she had on her back, above her tail at the end of her spine.

Dutchess, a German Shepard mix, after a bath

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January 20, 2006

When bathing your dog or cat, dilute the shampoo with water so it is a 1:1 ratio. Then pour the mixture in a clean spray bottle.

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April 27, 2006

I just discovered this by accident and wondered if anyone knew this and why I didn't. Instead of chasing my dog around the laundry tub to give him a bath, I put him in my double sink with the divider between his front and back legs.

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January 21, 2012

I have found that using a shammy (like you use for drying off your car after washing it) is fantastic for drying your pet after her bath. They hold a tremendous amount of water, are much easier to use and better that a bath towel.

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Catherine Forman
April 11, 2006

Tips for giving your a dog a bath. It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. Two factors make giving your dog a bath a huge undertaking: The size of your dog and how much your dog likes (or hates) water.

wet white dog

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April 19, 2010

My Lab/Husky mix has thick hair. Once a month during the warm days, I will take plain vinegar and mix it to a sprayer (just like you were spraying your plants) and spray the dog.

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April 6, 2006

Do you have a large dog that hates water and baths? I take two leashes, put one around the dog's collar (so he thinks he's going for a walk) hook it up tightly to a fence.


Take 2nd leash and wrap it around the underside of his hind legs tightly.

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September 13, 2011

Using baby shampoo, even the cheap stuff, as long as it really is sensitive, is perfectly fine for dogs and cats. Cats don't need to be bathed at all unless they get into something that's gotten them extremely dirty. They clean themselves.

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December 3, 2014

Bathe you dog in the tub? Catch his hair before it clogs the drain. Save the netted bags that potatoes and onions come in. Scrunch one up tightly and stick it down into the drain before letting the water out.


All of the dog hair will collect around the top of it. Then, just toss it in the trash.

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June 23, 2010

To help keep a dog secure during a bath, place a yoga mat in the tub before bathing the dog. This will provide a non-slip surface that will hold the dog in place during the bath.

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November 14, 2004

When bathing your pets, do it outside on the lawn or near plants that need watering.

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May 20, 2009

If your dog hates a bath like mine do, I give them a sponge bath. Fill the sink with water and wet them with their own face cloths.


Soap them up and rinse them off. Towel dry them and they are now clean once again.

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October 19, 2011

Most dogs that have itchy skin, have yeast as at least a part of the problem. Oatmeal is a grain. Yeast feeds on grain. Tea Tree oil shampoo would be a better solution.

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August 12, 2011

Bathing your dog indoors can be very messy. I hate cleaning the dog hair out of the bath tub when they are bathed in the house. I prefer to do it outside when the weather permits.

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July 5, 2011

How often can I bathe my one year old dog in Dawn?

By ashleyrocks from Dallas, TX

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November 8, 2020

I had my rescue dog dipped for fleas and bathed at the vet and now he has a chemical odor. When can I re-bathe him?
Thanks in advance!


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You can give him a dry or wet bath with baking soda as this is what is recommended by most vets and the ASPCA.
You can also use corn starch or a mixture of baking soda and corn starch. Sprinkle it all over but be careful of face/eyes.


Rub it in and then let him shake and then brush it out.
You can give him a wet bath in a few days but just use baking soda mix with water and no shampoo.

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July 21, 2005

Tips to help you when giving your dog a bath. Post your ideas.


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June 4, 20050 found this helpful

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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June 4, 20050 found this helpful

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.


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