In this article, we are going to explain how to bathe a dog at home to easily achieve the best results. To do this, we will need hygiene products for dogs, such as shampoos or colognes. All of them are synthetically scented, but the importance of this detail is seldom taken into account. 

Dog Bath

The smell is the most important and developed sense of the dog, it has about 200 million olfactory receptors, while humans only have 5. For this reason, there are smells that go unnoticed to us, but not to dogs. Smell helps them communicate, orient themselves and relate. After washing or perfuming our dog, it is common for him to run to wallow to try to get rid of the synthetic smell and recover his own, unique and natural,

At what age can a dog bathe?

In general, it is preferred to start baths once the puppy has completed its vaccination schedule. It will be approximately 3-4 months old. This is because during the bath it is possible for the dog to get cold. This, coupled with the stress of your first wash and your still immature immune system, can lead to illness. Hence, they prefer to wait. 

Only in cases where the puppy has been stained a lot or with a substance that must be removed, we can consider its hygiene before 3-4 months. We will limit ourselves to cleaning the affected area with warm water, wipes, or dry shampoo specially formulated for puppies, making sure that it does not get cold.

Products to bathe my dog ​​at home

In the market, you will find a wide variety of products designed for the hygiene of dogs. It is essential that the ones you choose are formulated specifically for dogs because their composition will be suitable for their skin and hair, avoiding dermatological problems. Therefore, if you ask yourself “with what soap can I bathe my dog” or “which cologne is the best”, always make sure that it is for dogs. Do not use products for people or for other animals, as they will not be adapted to the pH or the characteristics of their skin. Also, decide on the most suitable variety for your dog according to his age, color, length of his coat, etc.

Dog shampoo

The hygiene product par excellence is the shampoo or shampoo. There are many different types of shampoos, for example, with an antiparasitic effect or designed for certain skin problems. The latter can only be used following the veterinarian’s recommendations.

When choosing a shampoo for your dog, we recommend that you take the above advice into account, so try to avoid odors that are too artificial and not natural for your dog. Remember that the dog’s sense of smell is much more developed than ours, so it can reject the product during the bath.

Some shampoos include conditioners, detanglers, or brighteners. These types of products, which can also be purchased separately, are not essential, but they help to achieve a good finish, very important, especially in those dogs with a greater tendency to tangles.

Cologne after bath

After bathing, drying, and brushing, we can spray cologne, although most dogs dislike its smell. Surely you have seen that as soon as you leave your dog perfectly clean and perfumed, it runs to roll in its bed, against the furniture, on the ground, etc. This is so because, for him, it is not a natural smell. Remember that dogs also use smell to communicate, so if they perceive a strange, hostile smell or that could interfere with that communication, they will try to eliminate it.

To avoid the above, the brand of canine hygiene products Kamouflage has found the solution. They have discovered that dogs reject the synthetic odors that all hygiene products for them usually contain. For this reason, the shampoos and fragrances they have made contain 100% natural scents. In this way, dogs tolerate them better because they are not so hostile. They will no longer run to wallow at the moment to get rid of the new smell with which we have just impregnated them. Kamouflage markets a shampoo with conditioner and moisturizer, which facilitates subsequent brushing. It is available in 250, 500, and 1000 ml formats, so you can choose according to the size of your dog. They also have a fragrance with a forest scent and notes of rosemary, lavender, and sage. They can be purchased in packs and are suitable for all breeds and all hair types.

Dog Bath

What to bathe my dog ​​with if I don’t have shampoo?

If the bath can’t wait and you don’t have dog shampoo at home, you can turn to apple cider vinegar. You just have to wet the dog, apply the vinegar and rinse very well with warm water. You can also make an oatmeal shampoo. To do this, you need 500 grams of oatmeal, 250 grams of bicarbonate, and a liter of water. Then follow these steps:

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Once ready, add the oatmeal and baking soda and mix well. With a mixer, it will be faster.
  3. If the shampoo is too runny, add a little more oatmeal. On the contrary, if the texture is very thick, add water.
  4. Let it cool down and then put it in the container you are going to use.

How to bathe a dog step by step?

First of all, have everything you need close at hand. The basics are water, shampoo, and a towel or two. The water has to be warm, so it is usual that, at home, we bathe the dog in the bathtub, but if you don’t have one, you can use any container that allows you to introduce your dog completely. Put on comfortable clothes and prepare to get wet, you and the bathroom, especially if it is the first time. This is the step by step :

  1. Get the dog in the tub and turn on the tap. Make sure the water doesn’t burn before it touches it and keep the tips above in mind.
  2. With the shower, he ascends from one front leg to the area of ​​the withers so that he is not impressed if the water hits him in the face. Always check the dog’s reaction to adjust the water temperature as many times as necessary.
  3. He begins to wet from the cross to the back, the tail, and, finally, the head, being careful not to get water either in the ears or in the eyes. You can put plugs in his ears, always purchased at a veterinary clinic. To wash her face, use your hand. Lastly, thoroughly soak the chest, belly, and legs.
  4. Once well wet, apply the shampoo in the same sequence in which you have soaked it. Scrub well and use as much as you need to lather all over her body. You can take advantage of this moment to give him a gentle massage and get him to relax a little more, especially if you notice that he begins to get nervous.
  5. Rinse with plenty of water following the pattern of withers, back, tail, head, face, chest, belly, and legs. If the dog is very dirty, you can repeat the shampoo application.
  6. Turn off the tap and, with your hands, squeeze the hair to drain the excess water.
  7. Dry well with towels. Normally you have to use the dryer to obtain a perfect drying and prevent the dog from getting cold, but everything will depend on the type of hair it has, the ambient temperature, etc. 
  8. Brush your dog during or after drying and perfume if desired.