How to Wash a Very Large Dog

Medium
30 - 60 Minutes
6 Weeks

Introduction

Your large breed dog can become quite dirty. But because of his size, he's not always the easiest to clean. Washing a large dog comes with many challenges, but washing him can also be as simple as loving your big fluffball. You may want to consider his size when you determine how you will wash him, where you will get him clean, and how you will contain your big friend when he shakes off all the excess water from his bath.

Washing a large dog isn't always the easiest thing to do, but bathing him does not have to be complicated or difficult either. Be sure you plan and prepare in advance to make this bath easy for you both. 

Dog's Perspective

You never know just how your very large dog will react to a bath until you do it the first time. He might be nervous or simply uncomfortable. He might be excited and uncontrollable. Planning ahead and rewarding him will help you maintain your sanity and control over his reactions. 

The Wash in the Shower Method

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Get shower ready
In order to wash your large dog in the shower productively, you may want to prepare in advance with a towel on the bottom of your shower floor for your dog to stand on, your dog shampoo, and a brush in the shower, a way to rinse your big guy, a bathing suit for you, as well as a towel to dry off.
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Wet dog
Take advantage of the water flow in your shower and get your dog nice and wet. You can point his muzzle down to keep the water out of his eyes, or you can use a handheld shower to assist.
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Shampoo
Utilize as much shampoo as you need to coat your large dog in a good layer of soapy suds. Scrub that shampoo through your dog's coat and down to his skin. Be sure to focus on potty areas as well as his feet. These will be some of the dirtiest areas on your big guy.
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Rinse
Rinse your dog the same way you wet him down. You can use your handheld shower or let your rainfall showerhead do the work. Just be sure you are pushing the suds out of your dog's fur and off the skin. Leaving soap in his fur could cause dry skin and a dry coat.
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Dry
Take a few minutes to dry your dog with a big fluffy towel. Be prepared for your dog to shake much of the excess water out of this fur and all over you. You can hold a towel up between your dog and yourself to absorb most of that water, but allow him to shake because he will shake out much of this excess water on his own.
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Out of the shower
Your furry friend will be slippery when wet, so watch him as he steps out of the shower and onto your bathroom floor. He may slip and slide and might require a towel or bath mat on the floor. Once you’re all done with your shower, give him a tasty treat
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The Outside Wash Method

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Get ready
You can wash your large dog outside using a hose and dog shampoo. Utilize the sun to keep him warm while washing, brushing, and for drying.
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Prepare
Prepare a space to wash your large dog outside before you bring him out to get clean. You want to have a hose long enough to reach the area where you will be washing your big guy and be prepared with your dog shampoo and a towel as well. If you big dog won’t stay still, you may need to tether him to a tree or post.
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Rinse and soak
Use the hose to soak down your large dog. Be sure to get his fur wet all the way down to the skin. Run the hose along his stomach and legs to ensure those are wet as well. If your large dog has an undercoat, it may take a little more water and time to soak all the way through to his skin.
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Rub-a-dub scrub
Use your dog shampoo to scrub down your pup. You can pour shampoo directly onto his back and spread it throughout the fur, or you can pour it directly into your hands to distribute it all over your dog's body. Use your fingers to massage the shampoo onto his skin through his coat.
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Rinse well
Once you are done scrubbing your dog's entire body, including his tummy, legs, tail, and potty area, use the hose to rinse him well. You can put a hose nozzle on the shower option, or you can hold the hose close to his skin for better control and rinsing. Be sure to remove all of the shampoo from your dog's fur and skin. Leaving any shampoo on your dog can cause excessive dryness.
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Shake
Once you're done rinsing, step back as your big guy will probably do the wet dog shake. This will remove a lot of the excess water from his fur, so step back and let him do it.
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Towel dry
Use a big fluffy towel or a few towels to dry your big guy. Once he's dry, you should probably take a brush to work out any tangles or knots.
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Sun dry
The sun can also help you dry your large dog. Let him stay outside while you’re brushing him in the sun so he can be warm and the sun can work its magic and get him nice and dry. While you’re brushing, reward him for a job well done with some tasty treats.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Never underestimate the power of a small treat, even for your big guy.
  • Get creative when it comes time to wash your large breed dog.
  • You can wash your pup in a shower with you to avoid the mess of getting yourself soaked washing him elsewhere.
  • During warm weather, your large dog can be bathed outside with a hose and some dog shampoo. If the weather is really nice, he can also sun-dry outside.
  • Though your large dog might be able to step into a bathtub, you want to be careful that he does not slip and slide while he's in the tub. Getting in and out while wet can also be dangerous.
  • Washing your large dog doesn't have to be an incredibly daunting task. You can keep him well-maintained and smelling fresh with dry washes such as baking soda and dry shampoos and a good brushing.
  • If you plan to wash your dog outside and you need to tether him, be sure to secure his leash to something sturdy such as a tree or a post on your home rather than patio furniture that he can walk away with if he is unhappy.
  • Because your dog is so large, brushing him out before you get him wet and clean will make bath time shorter and more efficient.

Conclusion

Very large dogs mean very large and stinky dog smells. You may not bathe your giant dog as often as one may bathe smaller pups, but when he does need to be washed, make sure you are well prepared so you can get him clean without getting filthy yourself.

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