Taking your dog to a groomer for a bath can get expensive, especially if your dog gets really dirty and smelly quickly. Why pay someone to bath your dog when you can do it yourself with just a few simple tools and a little bit of time?


To bathe your dog, you'll need to get a few tools:

  • shampoo made specifically for dogs (do not use human shampoo, the chemicals can hurt them!)

  • conditioner made specifically for dogs (this is optional, you don't need it but it can help make the coat nicer)

  • a couple of towels that are an appropriate size for your dog

  • a brush or comb suited to your dogs fur type (a rubber curry is good for short-haired breeds, while long haired dogs need to be brushed through with a fine toothed comb)

  • clothes you don't mind getting wet!


If your dog has medium to long length hair, make sure you brush the dog thoroughly before the bath to remove any tangles in the coat, as wetting than drying the tangles will make them even harder to take it. If your dog's coat is really tangled (matted) you may need to take it to a professional to have the coat removed. If the tangle is just small, you can gently brush through it, working from the outside of the tangle in until it's gone. Make sure to check your dog's armpits, belly, behind the the ears, around the neck and bum area, as these areas tend to get most tangled.


Small dogs can be bathed in the sink, while bigger dogs can be done in the bath tub with a hose attachment on the shower head. If you're bathing a big dog, put some towels down on the floor in advance. Have everything within easy reach before you start so you don't have to leave in the middle and risk your dog jumping out of the tub and soaking everything!


Start off by thoroughly wetting the dog down, then apply shampoo down the back and rub it into a good lather, making sure to scrub between the the pads of the feet, under the tail and in the armpits. When cleaning the head be careful not to get shampoo in the eyes and ears. You can carefully put a drop of mineral oil in the eyes to protect them (but be careful not to get it on the fur as it's hard to get out) or use a gentle eye rinse before and after the bath, and put cotton balls in the ears if desired, just make sure to take them out as soon as you're done. Read the directions on the shampoo to know if it has to stay on the coat for a certain amount of time or if it needs to be washed more than once.


Thoroughly rinse your dog, making sure to get all the shampoo out, as it can irritate the skin if not rinsed properly. Shampoo again if the directions tell you to or if you dog still seems dirty or smelly, then follow the same steps to condition the coat if desired.


Afterwards, squeeze as much of the water out of your dog's coat as possible before thoroughly towel drying your dog. You can use either let the fur air dry or use a hair dryer on a warm setting to dry it, just be careful it is not too hot.


Follow up the bath with a good brush out, ear cleaning, nail trim, and tooth brushing and your dog will be in great shape!