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How to Give Your Dog a Proper Bath


Is your pet starting to smell a little funky while they’re roaming the house? If you’re like most pet owners, you’re aware that giving our pets a bath is an important step in keeping our pets healthy and comfortable. Proper and thorough baths help eliminate odors, dirt, bugs, and any other debris that may be trapped in their fur. Regular baths can also help you detect any skin irregularities that may be bothering them. 

If you’re unsure how often to give your pet a bath, then it’s best to check with your local veterinarian. Below are a few tips to help you give your dog a proper bath:


  • Prepare ahead of time: Make sure you have the proper shampoo before giving your dog a bath. Regular human shampoo can irritate their skin, so opt for specific dog shampoo. Brush your dog’s hair before a bath because matted hair tends to hold water. Talk to your dog in a calm and reassuring way so that they don’t feel anxious or scared. 
  • Make sure your dog is comfortable: Most owners tend to give their dogs a bath in the bathtub, which is perfectly fine. Use lukewarm water and gently rub the shampoo deep into their coats so that you’re thoroughly cleaning their body. If you feel any bumps, scratches, or any other irregularities, then it’s best to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is okay. 
  • Reward your dog: You want your dog to have an enjoyable experience and not get anxious when it’s bath time. During the bath, handle your dog gently and make sure no soap or water goes in their eyes, ears, or mouths. Reward your dog with treats afterwards and use a positive and upbeat tone to praise your dog for being such a great dog!


If you’re in the Columbia/Irmo/Lexington area and want your pet to have a professional groom, bring them over to Wescott Acres! At the Wescott Acres Pet Salon, our experienced professional stylists provide a wide range of all-breed grooming services to keep your pet looking or feeling their best. Contact us for more details and to schedule an appointment. 

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