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Giving Your Westie a Bath

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Westie Bath Time

Westie Bath Time

If dogs can speak “human”, bath time is “running away time” – well, to some dogs, at least. Dog bathing may require a lot of fumbling, fidgeting and soaking.  You can get hysterical chasing your dog all over the place. However, if you plan ahead and do a little research on what you need or what to do when it comes to dog bathing, you can guarantee that you and your dog will have fun time! Aside from that, it will be easier for both of you. Here are some tips.

Gather your dog’s bath supplies before starting. Dogs need these essential items when taking a bath:

• Towels – Decide what towels to use; small towels are for puppies or for toy dogs and large towels for the bigger ones.

• Dog Soap or Shampoo and Conditioner – Do not use shampoos that are made for people. The pH balance may damage your dog’s coat.

• Portable Dog Bathtub or Basin– If you are not comfortable with using your bathroom as a place for dog bathing, you can make use of this instead.

• Cotton Balls and cue tips

• Brush or Comb

• Leash

• Water pitcher or a water hose 

Other than these, you might as well be wearing clothes that you’re comfortable getting soaked in.

Next, to calm your dog down, give him some treats that he can chew on. This can make things a little bit easier, as the attention is on the food. If your dog is still fidgeting, gently tie him on a leash and talk to him softly. Place cotton balls in his ears to keep water out and make sure you remove them when you are done. Brush your dog’s coat to lessen the tangle you might be encountering when giving him a bath. 

Lead your dog to the tub or basin and make him feel the water first, before giving him a full blast of the bath. Apply a small amount of shampoo for easy rinsing, starting from the neck going to the tail. Try not to forget the armpits, groin and between the toes as well. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Run your hands on areas in which are slippery, for suds left on your dog may cause skin irritation. Wash your dog’s face last and be careful when doing so. After the shampoo has been rinsed out, you can apply conditioner – if ever there are tangles left on him. 

Now, stand back and ready yourself for a good shake from your dog. Remove the cotton balls in his ears and dry him with the towel you brought along, but make sure it is clean! Dogs with longer coats can be dried with a blow dryer, but with warm air, not hot! Keep him on his leash for a while until he has completely dried. Your dog might be running and rolling on the mud in a sudden blink of an eye. Most dogs have this “after-bath-running-and-rolling thing”, better brace yourself when you chance upon this situation. 

So now, you don’t have to think that dog bathing is all a chore. See for yourself, that all the craziness could be lessen a bit!

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