The better prepared you are, the quicker reaction time you will have when it comes to your rescue dog’s unknown behaviors. Gather all the supplies you will need including dog shampoo, towels, and a brush before you get your dog ready. Fill the bath water if you are bathing in a tub or sink. Placing a towel on the bottom of the tub will keep your dog from sliding. The material will also be soft on his feet.
Set your pup right into the water. Know the power of a loving and calm voice will go a long way to keep him calm. If you are anxious, he will sense that and be anxious as well. Work with slow, methodical motions and wet your dog down with a cup. If he tolerates the rushing sound of running water, you can use a shower head faucet. Be careful not to get his eyes or face wet. You want to make him comfortable, not scare him.
Use a dog shampoo to scrub the dirt and grime off his body. Use this time to massage his muscles. Talk to him while you work the suds through in a circular motion. Try to work fast while getting him clean. Let your new friend guide and gauge just how much he will tolerate.
Using your cup or shower head faucet, rinse the soap and suds out of his fur. Ideally, you’d like to use fresh, clean water for this rinsing, but as you are getting to know your little guy, rinsing with the bathwater may have to do if he panics at the sound of running water. You can also prepare in advance for a nervous dog by filling gallon jugs with warm water for clean rinsing.
Take your dog out of the tub and place him on a bath mat or towel. Use a towel to rub him dry. He might shake some water out of his fur. When he does this, use the towel to shield yourself and your bathroom from the flying water.
Once your dog is dry, brush him with a slicker brush. Because he’s a rescue, he might also need a good haircut, but if clean is good enough for now, end the day’s grooming session with a tasty treat.