Tips & How To’s: Dog Bathing Techniques

When washing your dog, it is important to keep a hand on them all the time. This will make it less likely that they will try to jump out of the bathtub or run away from you. Best thing is to prepare all your grooming materials before you get started. Be sure to include a good massage while shampooing and toweling off your dog to make the whole experience pleasurable for your dog.

If you find your dog to be a bit worried about bathing, use some dog treats to distract them and encourage them to be on their best behavior.

If your dog is the complete opposite and is super energetic during bath times, wiggling and getting water everywhere. Bath them outside – use a leash to keep them in one spot but basically let them have some fun with the water first – let them chase it around the garden and get rid of some built up energy.


To start the grooming process, prepare all the tools you will need to save you time and hassles of running around with a wet dog.

  • Hose or handheld spray for the taps if using a sink or bath
  • Towels
  • Bathmat or something clean to stand on if outside
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Brush
  • Hairdryer if you need a quick dry
  • Treats


  1. Brush your dog to remove any tangles or debris from the coat.
  2. Get your dog wet, avoiding the head.
  3. Apply a generous amount of shampoo, lathering up from head to tail.
  4. Massage your dog to distribute the shampoo.
  5. Leave on for the recommended length of time.
  6. Meanwhile, use your fingertips to wipe down the face (perfect when you have a tearless shampoo)
  7. Rinse twice, making sure all the residue has disappeared.
  8. Stand back and allow your dog to shake off the access water.
  9. Towel dry.
  10. Use a hairdryer on a low heat with a brush or take your dog for a walk in the sun to dry.


It is true, bath time is a great time to check your dog’s nails, ears, teeth, and skin for any abrasions or new lumps and bumps. It is most probably the only time that you would have the opportunity to feel your dog all over, so while you are giving your dog a nice a nice massage with the shampoo just remember to take notice of what you feel.

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