Features November 2014 Issue

Tips and Techniques for Bathing your Dog

What do professional groomers do that we tend not to do when we wash our dogs? For starters, they always dilute whatever shampoo they use with water, and they sudz the dog thoroughly twice.

Tips and Techniques for Bathing your Dog

Giving your dog a bath is sort of like mixing a cocktail, or hitting a golf ball: It seems deceptively straightforward, but you need a lot of background knowledge to really master it. From what kind of shampoo to use to how frequently your dog should be sudsing up, there are all kinds of technical questions to consider before grabbing that spray hose and going to town. But there are also deeper issues at play: Nothing quite lays bare the state of your relationship with your dog like trying to negotiate that slippery expanse of porcelain together. Here are some tips for smooth sailing, at bathtime and beyond.

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