Bathing your little Chihuahua(s) can sometimes be a challenge, enough so that the job is put off for too long. After all, many times you probably wear as much water (if not more) than your favorite pooch. If your Chihuahua(s) are anything like mine, one fights me all the way while another twists and turns like a spinning top. Luckily my middle girl takes it all in stride even though it is not her favorite thing to do. Bath time does not have to be such a chore if you can make it a more fun and a bonding time for both of you.
How often should you bathe your dog? That will all depend on your dog, long or short hair, inside or outside dog, any underlying skin problems and how often your particular dog gets dirty. As you know, puppies can get into a lot of trouble and mischief, needing frequent baths. As the puppy ages, it may not be uncommon to keep baths down to once every month or two. Rule of thumb usually is that a dog warrants a bath when it gets that “doggy smell”.
There are some tips you can follow to make bath time easier and a more fun experience.
· Begin baths as early as possible if you can. Obviously your dog may be an adult at this point and you can’t go backwards but the earlier you can start anything with a new puppy, the better. However, it is not advisable to bathe a young puppy less than four weeks old.
· In preparation of baths, be sure the house is warm. Do all the prep work ahead of time, get the water warm, have the shampoo, towels, conditioner, ear cleaner, cotton balls, baby toothbrush and doggie tooth paste all within reach of the bath area.
· If you have a long-haired chihuahua, be sure to brush and comb out any and all tangles and mats before the bath. Once they get wet, they tighten up which is then next to impossible to remove without cutting and/or shaving it out.
· Putting a drop of mineral oil in each eye before the bath will reduce the chance of irritation from the shampoo. Use appropriate size cotton balls for your particular dog and put one in each ear to keep out excess water and shampoo.
· Make bath time as efficient and as quick a process as possible. Never get angry with your dog, use a “baby voice” to talk your dog through the bath and express a lot of praise for every good behavior your dog performs, even if it is for just a moment. With more practice and acknowledging each small good behavior, your dog will want to please you through each step of the bath.
· Shampoo your dog, leave on the soap while brushing the teeth and cleaning the ears. Baby steps are important, with a lot of praise for each accomplished task.
· Thoroughly rinse your dog, towel dry, followed by blow drying, especially during the chilly seasons.
Bath time does not have to be such a chore. It is all a matter of making it fun and using a calm attitude. Speaking as a dog groomer of over 30++ years, a calm demeanor plus a lot of praise will get the best results for a clean and happy dog.
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