How to Wash a Dog's Face

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10 - 15 Minutes
2 Days

Introduction

Your dog needs a good scrubbing every now and then. And sometimes, especially if they have long fur, their face will need to be washed. Whether you are washing your dog’s face while giving them a nice, gentle bath or cleaning food out of their beard, you need to know how to wipe, wash, and get your beautiful pup’s face clean. 

A clean face is also a healthy face. Bacteria can grow in skin folds, causing irritation and potential infection. Keeping your pup's face clean and tidy is an important grooming task. Some dogs will love having their face washed, while others will turn away from you and try to get away before finding the closest mud pit to roll in. Learn the best ways to wash your dog’s face so you can keep them healthy and looking their best. 

Dog's Perspective

Getting anything near your pup’s face might cause a little anxiety for your fur-baby. If your dog doesn’t like water poured over their head, you can use a cloth to get the dog’s face wet. If your pup will allow you to pour water, be cautious not to get any near or in their eyes. 

Is your pup reluctant to be washed? Let an experienced Pet Caregiver tackle the job and book a Grooming service with a Pet Caregiver near you on the Wag! app today.

The With Wet Cloth Method

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Prepare
Fill a small bowl or sink with warm water and a bit of dog shampoo or tear-free baby shampoo.
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2
Brush
Brush your dog’s facial hair. Be sure to work out any knots in the fur, especially around the mouth. If your dog’s facial fur is long, it may be more tangled. This is a sensitive area, so be gentle.
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3
Eyes
Start with a wet cloth without any shampoo or soap and wipe your dog’s eyes. Starting with the eyes will keep not just soap out of your pup's eyes, but also any bacteria the washcloth may pick up from the rest of the face.
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4
Ears
Place a cotton ball in each ear to keep water from running into the ear canals.
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Cloth
Wet a washcloth with the warm, soapy water and squeeze excess water out. Wet down your dog’s face using this wet cloth.
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Wipe
Wipe down your dog’s face with the wet, soapy cloth. Be sure to spread any skin folds to clean in between. Rub gently but with enough pressure to get clean. Be sure to rinse the cloth and dip into the soapy water again to finish wiping.
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7
Mouth
If your dog has long facial hair, there might be dried food in the fur around their mouth. Be sure to get this area wet and wipe it down well.
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8
Rinse
With clean water, rinse the washcloth and wipe down the face again, rinsing off any soap and suds.
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The Point and Pour Method

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Step
1
Point
Point your dog’s nose down so they are looking downward.
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2
Pour
Using a cup or handheld shower head, pour water on your dog’s face starting with the top of the head. Let the water drip down towards your pup's nose, which you are pointing down.
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3
Shampoo
Apply shampoo on your fingers and start rubbing it on your dog, starting on the top of their head. Move your fingers down across your pet's cheeks and jowls to rub the shampoo in. Be careful not to get any shampoo in your pup's eyes.
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4
Rinse
With the same pointing-down motion with your dog’s nose, rinse the shampoo off the face. This time, cover your dog's eyes as you are pointing their face down.
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Dry
Use a towel to pat your dog’s face dry.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Be cautious of your dog’s eyes and ears as you wash. Soap in the eyes will burn, and water in their ears could cause a yeast infection or discomfort.
  • Some dogs won’t want water running down their faces.
  • For those who do not like running water all at, a washcloth will do. Be sure to rinse it with clean water.
  • When using any cloth, start with the eyes to avoid getting dirt and bacteria from the fur and skin into the eyes later.
  • Once the eyes are wiped clean with a wet cloth, you can add soap to the cloth for other areas of the face.
  • Be sure to clean out any skin folds well.
  • Also, focus some water and soap in the beard of any pup’s who have fur long enough to collect food.
  • Rinse with clean water, not the bath water the dog may be sitting in.

Conclusion

Create a fetching look with your dog's face. Keep your pup clean and fur-ever fur-tastic so that they remain the cutest dog on the block. Wiping or washing and rinsing your dog's face isn't difficult, so make it part of your regular grooming routine.

If you don't have the spare time or energy to groom your dog, let someone else do all the hard work for you. Book a Grooming service with a Pet Caregiver near you today.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Grooming Success Stories

Success
Rayah
Shih Tzu
5 Months

My dog hates getting her face washed and usually I do with my hands, however once I came across this post I tried the washcloth and she seems so much more comfortable with it.

2 years, 10 months ago
Hi, what washcloths brand did you use? Thank you
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