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Hello everyone, and welcome to Drea’s Dog World at Flawless Living!

I’m Andrea Smith, your best friend’s best friend.

Let’s talk about baths. Spring has sprung and it’s time to wash away the dirt and grime of the winter from your dog’s coat!

You could take your beloved canine to the groomer. But for those of you who want to give your dog that “at home” experience, keep in mind: Most dogs do not like to be groomed! This can make a potentially enjoyable experience downright dreadful for all involved.

So, friends, here are a few tips for tub time:

  • Get all your supplies ready ahead of time so that they are within arm’s reach: shampoo, towel, brush (if needed), and treats for a post-bath reward.
  • Run a lukewarm bath with a water level just below your dog’s belly
  • If your dog has a habit of jumping out, safely secure him or her with a leash, and don’t leave any pet unsupervised in the tub!
  • Most dogs have sensitive skin, so use a gentle shampoo that contains soothing ingredients like oatmeal or aloe vera.
  • Try not to get water or shampoo in the dog’s eyes and ears. Use cotton balls to clean the ears, and a washcloth for the face.
  • Make baths enjoyable! Reward your dog with a treat when it’s all over.
  • Introduce young puppies to grooming at about 12 weeks old. To prepare your pup, gently touch him everyday all over his body so he gets used to being handled.
  • Spring brings fleas, ticks and heartworms. Help your clean dog stay healthy by consulting your vet or pet store for optimal warm-weather treatment.

Stay tuned for more dog care and training tips from your best friend’s best friend,

Andrea

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