Gather everything you will need to bathe your dog. This should include at least two towels for drying, an additional towel for the bottom of the tub, shampoo, and a cup or bowl for rinsing. You should know your dog’s skin needs before purchasing a shampoo. Always use one made for dogs. People shampoo may be drying and cause itching.
Away from the bathroom, give your dog a good brushing before his bath. This will help get any tangles out of the fur, making shampooing easier. If your dog has any mats, cut them out with scissors before bathing.
You can place a cotton ball just inside your dog’s ears to help keep water from draining into the ear canal. Be sure not to put the cotton ball in too far.
Line your bathtub with a towel to keep your dog from slipping on the floor of the tub. To keep your dog safe, place this towel in as the tub is filling before your dog enters the tub.
Fill the tub with warm water before your dog enters the bathroom. Some dogs do not like the sound or feel of running water. If possible, run the water and fill the tub no more than halfway, much less for small breed dogs, before your dog enters the bathroom.
To keep the heat inside the bathroom, keep the door closed while you are getting your dog to come into the bathroom as well as during the bath.
Set your dog in the tub and let him get used to the warm water. If you have a medium or larger breed you cannot lift into the tub, you may need a nonslip mat or another towel for the side of the tub. Help guide your dog into the tub while ensuring he is safe climbing over the edge.
With a cup or handheld shower, rinse your dog from head to tail, getting his stomach and legs wet as well. With dog shampoo, lather his fur down to the skin with suds and bubbles to get your dog clean.
Be sure to rinse your dog from head to toe as well. Be sure to get his potty areas as well as his stomach. Leaving soap to dry on his skin could cause an itchy rash, so rinse well. Be careful of getting soap or water into his eyes and ears. If you put cotton balls in his ears, you can take them out once the dog is rinsed.
Hold one towel up for that wet dog shake. This will help him dry off, so if you can, let him do it with a towel up to keep you dry. If it will mean water all over your bathroom, drape a towel over him like a blanket. With the second towel, begin to dry the dog. You can also use a hair dryer if your dog will let you to keep him warm while drying. Just be mindful of the heat coming off the dryer.