How to Bathe a Dog without Water

Easy
10 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

There may be a few occasions in your dog's life when you have to bathe him, but he cannot get wet. This might happen after surgeries or even as a matter of convenience. If you've ever been camping with your dog, you know what it's like to be without water and yet have a filthy dog who needs to be cleaned. With a little bit of preparation and planning in advance, you can bathe your dog without getting him wet at all. This will at least get him by temporarily until he can have a full bath with shampoo and water. Bathing your dog without water is also quite helpful when you need to spot clean your dog. This means he only has a few areas that are dirty rather than his entire body.

Dog's Perspective

Depending on the reason your dog needs a bath without water, he may be a little apprehensive for you to touch him in any way. If your dog has just had surgery, he may be sore, tender, and tired. If he has just gotten into something that he shouldn't be involved with and you have no water on hand to bathe him, he may be a little nervous feeling like he's done something wrong and could potentially be in trouble. Either way, talk to your dog in a nice soothing voice to make him comfortable and make his bath without water quick and painless for him.

The Multiple Ways Method

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Spray
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Towel
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Dry shampoo
You can purchase a dry shampoo or make a dry shampoo at home. If you choose to make a dry shampoo, baking soda and cornstarch work really well for getting odors out of your dog's fur.
Step
2
Waterless shampoo
A waterless shampoo is simply a shampoo you can purchase that is made of foam or in spray form. This is a very simple process. Just apply it to your dog's fur rub it in, and let it dry without rinsing.
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3
Wet wipes
You can use baby wipes or dog wipes to clean dirty spots on your dog. Something filthy or smelly your dog has gotten into can easily be cleaned off with a dog wet wipe.
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4
Brush and spray
Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and lemon juice. Spritz small areas of your dog and then brush through your dog's fur, spreading vinegar and lemon scent wherever you need your dog cleaned.
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5
Baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda along your dog's fur and use a towel to rub it in. This will help soak up any bad smells in his fur and give him a fresh, clean scent.
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The Oatmeal Clean Method

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Cook up oatmeal
Cook up a pot full of old fashioned oatmeal using plain oats.
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Spread mixture
Spread this mixture of oatmeal thinly across your dog's body, or at least on the spots that are dirty and stinky.
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3
Let dry
Without letting your puppy eat the oatmeal (though if he does, he'll be fine), let the oatmeal dry on your dog's fur.
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4
Brush out
Once the oatmeal is dry, brush it all out of your dog's fur. Be prepared as this may be messy and even dusty. Brushing the oatmeal out of your dog's fur will take the dirt with it.
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5
Powder
After the oatmeal has been brushed out of your dog's fur, sprinkle baby powder or baking soda all over your dog. Be careful not to get it in your dog's eyes or breathing passages if you're using a powder shaker.
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Brush again
Brush or comb your dog gently, leaving most of the powder in your dog's fur but spreading it around. This powder will pull any oils out of your dog's fur as well as leave him with a clean, fresh scent.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Some dogs are terrified of water and need a bath. Don't hesitate to give your dog a dry bath if he's terrified of water.
  • Post-surgery is a perfect time for a dry bath or for at least spot cleaning using a dry method.
  • There are many products on the market such as waterless shampoo and foams as well as shampoo powders you can use for your dog.
  • Making your own dry shampoo at home is easy to do with cornstarch and baking soda. You can even add a few drops of a pleasantly scented essential oil to give a fresh smell to your pup.
  • If you don't bathe your dog often using water and shampoo, using a dry bath method or baking soda and cornstarch can help get dirt off of your dog's skin and fur and leave him with a fresh clean scent.

Conclusion

Bathing some dogs is im-paws-ible. Don't put your dog through a pawful experience having to deal with water for every one of his baths. Give him a dry bath without water before your best friend becomes furociously stinky.

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