UWDOGS Top 12 Bath-time Tips on how to wash a dog…your dog!
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The Team at UWDOGS work tirelessly on their range of Underwater Dogs haircare products. It’s their responsibility to ensure they’re of the highest quality, formulated to give the best clean and are perfectly balanced locking in moisture to give that ultimate result on your dog. Some of our recent feed-back comes from new Puppy owners who ask the question: ”How do I wash my Puppy?” So here’s our Top 12 Tips to get you started.
- Shampoo Application? As a helpful hint, we suggest a Mixer Bottle. A soft plastic bottle with single spout (like a tomato sauce bottle) works a treat. The easy-to-use Pump on our Underwater Dogs Shampoo means you pump product directly into the bottle (no wastage); “How much you ask?” Well as much as you would normally use on your dog (so obviously, size really does matter), then fill the rest of the bottle with warm water and give it a shake to mix thoroughly. Using the shampoo from the mixer allows the shampoo to distribute evenly throughout your dog’s coat. It also goes exactly where you want it! So try it. We know you’ll like it.
- The really dirty bits? For those really dirty spots – paws, ears and the under-carriage;
shampoo with concentrated shampoo straight from the UNDERWATER DOGS pump pack so you can really get into those nasty, grubby bits. Our Shampoo will cut through even the toughest of possum pooh.
- Before getting wet: A reminder to look after your dog’s ears by using cotton wadding to stop water getting into the ear canal; this can predispose your dog to ear infections. This is a must for most dogs. Also, remove any burrs or foreign objects from their coat as this will help the process and make combing through later a breeze.
- Now get wet: Wet their coat really well – the shampoo will activate better when the hair is wet. Depending on your circumstances, just remember to make the experience a good one. Ever had a cold shower? Perhaps consider nice WARM water right from the get-go. Believe me, it will be appreciated big-time. Note: expect to get wet.
- Where do I start? However you choose to wash your dog, please don’t drown them in torrents of water. It’s a really good idea to start at the rear and work your way up. Back paws first, working up the legs to wet the rear end thoroughly. Then make your way up the torso and front legs, again from the paws up. This way he’s getting used to the water first. You can use the shower rose, a doggie sponge, a plastic jug or cup. Whatever you have available can be made to work, but have fun with it. Knowing what’s going for your pal will also mean they’ll be more likely to stay focused on the job at hand.
- Treats? Verbal praise and doggie treats are also recommended for you to have on-hand. After all, generally speaking all canines have a food agenda. If it’s your first time, maybe even have a helper just
in case you need an extra pair of hands. Some owners will prefer to have their dog tied up so they remain focused on the job. If you choose to tether your mate, don’t use their favourite leather collar. A nylon collar, especially for the wet job at hand will be a better choice over time.
- A Non-Slip Mat? This is a great idea if you are washing in the shower or bath-tub. This will give your dog extra confidence if they know they’re not likely to slip.
- My Dog doesn’t like getting water on his face: Some dogs will sit under the tap, water cascading over them and think nothing of it. Others don’t like water on their faces and will be terribly vocal about it. Again, work out what your dog likes. This will in most cases be trial and error…but worth it in the long-run. You may have to use a sponge to wet, clean and rinse. Take extra care with those who have multiple facial wrinkles and longer than usual ear flaps. If your dog’s ears stand up to attention, cup them with your hand to ensure water does not enter the canal, or use cotton wadding.
- Means massage time. Use your mixer bottle and spread the product around, then massage their bodies working the product into their coat and skin. Work in the direction of their hair growth, they’ll love it…and so should you. Just make certain you are very thorough in all those hard to reach places; especially their under-belly and around their ears. Also a caution: take care of your back if you’re leaning over a bath or tub.
- Rinsing? Would have to be one of the most important tasks at hand, although this time rinse from the head down so any shampoo residue is rinsed away from the eyes and down the torso. Water naturally falls away from the body, so gravity is working with you. You can use your hands to remove any excess water. Please ensure all product is removed, especially around the ears and under the torso and leg-pits.
- How do I condition my dog’s coat? You may condition when wet, massaging all over, into all nooks and crannies OR, you may towel dry and condition semi-wet. Like-wise, you may rinse off completely OR, you may choose to leave your Conditioner in. Underwater Dogs formula is versatile and will not leave the hair heavy or lack-lustre and we promise there’ll be no product build-up. There are no set rules here. Once the conditioner meets the hair shaft it will lock in moisture. Massaging the conditioner into your buddy’s skin is the ultimate feel-good moment for your dog. Your special guy is guaranteed to smell like a coconut…and be oh-so-soft! So play with it, and find out what suits them best.
- Towel Dry? At UWDOGS we love a good microfibre towel. They absorb a tonne of moisture and are easy to manoeuvre over your dog’s bits, but really there are no set rules. Some even like to just shake it off. If you’re using a towel, just blot them rather than rub as this will help against matting build-up. Whatever you use, just make sure you wash towels thoroughly between use otherwise you’ll be drying your clean pup with a dirty towel. Note: Some canines love a good blow-dry, but test this one out slowly and never make the experience a traumatic one. Blow from the paws up and from the rear so they get used to this rather unusual phenomena. They’ll quickly let you know if it’s not gonna happen. Finally, remember to remove the cotton wadding from their ears and keep cosy & warm until dry.
Like children, all dogs are different. Be patient, you’ll work it out. But if your dog has the ‘itchie-scratchies,’ then we’d be recommending you use a soap-free, pH balanced Shampoo & Conditioner like Underwater Dogs.
“This product is amazing and it worked a treat – grease came off immediately, and he smelt so good it was back to cuddling instantly. I would definitely recommend this product to my clients.” Anne, Professional Groomer, Sydney Australia
So why Underwater Dogs Haircare products for your dog?
We’re a brand new haircare range that promises you the cleanest, softest most delicious smelling dog on the block…because we care for dirty dogs!
So how do I wash a dog? Mission accomplished friends. Any further questions, please feel free to email the Team direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get right on it.
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