Tips for Bathing Dogs - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Hi my name is Jeana Ward, and I am the owner of Jeana Dirty Dog Salon in Cambridge Massachusetts. We are going to show you how to bath your dog at home and what the proper approach is. So first of all you do not want the temperature of the water too warm, you actually want it tempest. Your dog has the dog’s skin if you look under a microscope photograph of a dog’s skin, you will see it is almost scale like so you really do not want to lift those scales and open that up it will set them up for dermatitis problems or just maybe basic dry skin issue, when you thoroughly wet your dog, you should probably use a tearless shampoo on your face just to avoid any problems with shampoo getting in the eyes. A shampoo that is not tearless can cause problems with your dog’s eyes like ulcers in the eyes and really if not attended to and if it is stays long in the eyes long enough can cause blindness. I am going to quickly rub that wonderful smelling stuff we use, this is our blue berry facial that we use make sure you really clean the teary area on your dog’s face. Tear stains and matters that is left in the corners of the eyes will cause eye problem for your dog’s infections and just does not look pretty. Okay if you thoroughly shampoo your dog, you should only have to shampoo them once. If you have a really dirty dog, go for twice, if your dog is white, it is probably wise to use a bluing Shampoo which will help whitening and lightning your dog coat. Gigi is always nervous some of the time, she hates her bath, we do have dogs here that absolutely love the bath matter of fact, we have a bull dog here today that we are having to keep trained up so he wont jump on the tab with Gigi. In bathing your dog, you want to thoroughly wet your dog everywhere. If you are training your dog for a medicated bath, then actually you do not want to want to wet your dog first, you want to apply the shampoo, the medicated shampoo directly to the affected areas, your dog’s skins absorbs the first thing that is applied to their skin i.e shampoo, water whatever. You really should be pushing down when you wash your dog if for those of you that have Cocker Spaniel or dogs with ears that lay down you really want to make sure you get that area up and beneath their ears, because that holds a lot of dirt, it not only do they roll and get things under those ears, but there is wax, the ear wax helps collector and hold on to it. When you rinse just like you are washing the car you want to start from the bottom and work your way down to the top, I mean start from the top and work your way down to the bottom. And cover up your dog’s eyes and mouth, try not to let the ear let the water go into the ears, there is 2 ways you can avoid that, you can either cotton into the ear, Gigi it is okay, you can either put cotton in the ear or you can simply pinch the ear close so that you do not get water in the ears making sure you get all of the shampoo out now. You can either add a conditioner into the bath or you can get a nice spray on conditioner. Here at the Dirty Dog I sell one that I use that has sunscreens on it and truly makes the difference in the end results. One of the ways if drying your dog after you have given them a bath, is to take the towel and literally wrap them up like a burrito, wrap them up tight so that the dog’s body temperature will help dry the dog’s coat and, keep them warm at the same time. So it will cut the drying time cut your handling time and your physical output.