Dog Groomer Pro Tips: How To Shampoo A Dog

Dog Groomer Pro Tips: How To Shampoo A Dog

Ah, the art of dog bathing—it sounds like a breeze, right? Yet, this seemingly simple task is a bit more time-consuming and way more crucial than one might think for keeping your furry friend both squeaky clean and super happy.

Ever heard a dog parent grumble about their pup's non-stop scratching after a grooming session? That's usually the tell-tale sign of a rush job in the rinse department, leaving behind annoying shampoo residue that drives your poor pup nuts. Choosing the right shampoo is key here.

Dog Bathing: A Groomer's Guide

Ear Plucking
If your dog’s breed calls for it, start with the ears. If you're using canker powder, be prepared—it’s quite potent and leaves a snowy residue, but don’t worry, both are easily washable in the tub.

Nail Trimming
Clip those claws before the bath. Accidents happen, and it’s easier to rinse off any blood now rather than have your white dog strut out with a punk-rock pink paw.

Brush Out
Give that coat a good brush-through to ensure there are no mats. Washing matted fur is like trying to clean carpet with gum stuck in it—not happening.

Trimming Time
Snip off any excess fur. Why wash what you’re going to clip later? Plus, less fur means less drying time later.

Secure Your Pup
Make sure your dog is safely secured in the tub. Never turn your back, not even for a quick second—bath time surprises are no fun.

Thorough Wetting
Ensure the water reaches the skin, which might be easier for some breeds than others. Shampoo sticks best to wet fur, so get every inch soaked. Typical liquid shampoo doesn't stick well and most of it ends up going down the drain, so consider a Dog Shampoo Bar from Doggy Do Good so the shampoo stays on your pup.

Face Last
Save the face for last because if you don’t, your dog will likely shake and turn bath time into splash mountain. Delaying this gives you a drier chance to finish the job.

Shampoo Time
Grab your shampoo bar and lather up your pup! You might want a rubber bath mitt or a ‘Zoom Groom’ to really get the soapy lather through thick coats.

Wash every nook and cranny—armpits, behinds, bellies, and even those tear-stained eyes need love too.

Rinse Well
Now for the rinse cycle. Take your time. Use your fingertips to make sure all the shampoo is out.

Shake and Dry
Let the dog shake off in the tub, then use a powerful dryer or a low setting on a blaster to get the fur nice and dry, right down to the skin.

      Bonus Dog Bathing Pro Tip

      Dreading the shake? Gently press between your dog’s shoulder blades if they’re about to go off like a sprinkler. It can help prevent a full-on water dance. Let them have their moment post-bath though, with a towel strategically placed between you to keep you from getting soaked!