You can bathe your dog at home with a few simple items and some planning ahead. Not all dogs enjoy bath time, while others can't wait to get in the bath and hate when bath time is over. You will have to determine which one your dog is and cater bathtime towards his personality. If your dog is fearful at all of taking baths, you can ease his tension with a calm environment and lots of preparation.
You may need to bathe your dog on a regular basis for general grooming, but you also may find times when your dog gets into something and needs a bath outside of his normal grooming schedule. No matter the size of your dog you can figure ways to bathe him at home. Both of these methods focus on a bath, but you can also give larger breed dogs a shower in your shower stall at home. Baths can be fun, rewarding, and end with a clean dog fairly quickly, if you know what you're doing.
Simple little tricks like closing the bathroom door to keep the bathroom nice and warm for your dog will help your dog feel more comfortable. Some dogs will act fearful of the sound of running water, so have the bath ready to go before you bring your dog into the room. To rinse your dog clean, begin to drain the water as you're washing so the tub or sink is empty by the time you're ready for a warm rinsing. If your dog has any anxiety, be sure to keep one hand on him at all times and use a gentle, soothing tone as you talk to him during that time.
Even your dog can be a dirty dog. Every dog is going to need a bath every now and then. Ease any tension and fear of the water by making bath time fun and make your dog look and smell fur-tastic.