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How to Bathe Your Small Breed Dog, Like a Boss

My dog is not a water lover. When I first got him, a bath to him was a terrifying ordeal. He didn’t like the water on him and he certainly didn’t want any of the smell good dog shampoo on him. He humors me now and allows me to give him a bath without giving any thought to it although he’d rather roll in icky smelly stuff than take a bath. He’s yet to put two + two together = he rolls in icky smelly stuff, he gets a bath. I keep his bath time simple and I follow the same steps every time. He now knows what to expect and he completely trusts me to bathe him.

I use a metal tub that I bought at a Tractor Supply Center in my area. You can buy a Behrens 7 35-Gallon Round Steel Tub on Amazon if you don’t have a TSC in your area. I pretty much live at our Tractor Supply Center. Anyhow, I put my makeshift metal tub, in the tub, (that sounds strange) & I can easily wash and rinse it out after his bath. Another reason I put it in the tub is because I can’t lift anything over 5 lbs due to failed back surgery. After his bath, I then proceed to bleach my tub out really well. I’m a neat freak and the thought of germs, well, *shudders*… Plus containing him in a small space helps make bath time a breeze.

How to Bathe Your Small Breed Dog, Like a Boss

The temperature of his bath is important. It can’t be hot and it can’t be cold. If you’re worried about trying to get a lukewarm temperature for your small breed dog, you might want to consider buying a Duckymeter, the Baby Bath Floating Duck Toy and Bath Tub Thermometer. You can put it in and when the temperature is just right, you’ll know it’s time to bathe your dog. It’s a cute bath toy plus a thermometer.

If you’ve ever tried bathing your dog and you add the dog shampoo only to get a wet dog smell, throw away the shampoo and purchase OxGord Natural Oatmeal Dog Puppy Shampoo & Conditioner 100% Natural 20 oz- Medicated Clinical Vet Formula Wash For All Pets – Made with Aloe Vera for Relieving Dry Itchy Skin. It contains oatmeal, shea butter, and aloe vera to moisturize, soothe, relieve, restore and condition. As soon as I put this shampoo on Peanut, he smells divine. It is the ONLY shampoo I use on him and the only one I will ever buy. After buying dozens of pet wash shampoos, I finally found one that I have stuck with. Try it and I know you’ll feel the same way I do, I’m that confident in this brand. It’s no wonder that it’s the #1 Best Selling Dog Shampoos Plus Conditioners on Amazon.

How to Bathe Your Small Breed Dog, Like a Boss

How to Bathe Your Small Breed Dog, Like a Boss

After you wash and rinse your dog, dry him or her with a towel. I don’t use a hair dryer because I don’t want the noise upsetting him. I rub him with a towel until he’s dry and it doesn’t take long for that to happen. This is the step my little dog loves the most. And the shine he gets as his hair dries is impressive.

How to Bathe Your Small Breed Dog, Like a Boss

Have you had a bad or good experience bathing your dog?

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  1. Wildish Jess

    January 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Washing my dog is pretty easy thankfully but I’ve had some crazy pups previously that were hard!

  2. Amber Killmon

    January 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Awwww! I want a small breed puppy now. I have a big dog and getting her in the bath is a workout in itself.

  3. Lisa Heath

    January 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Awww. I’ve never really had to do this with our dogs, they actually try to jump in the shower with us in the morning. When I get out, i let the water run for them in the shower. It’s so cute

  4. Krystal

    January 26, 2017 at 7:09 am

    My mom has the same kind of dog! I will have to share these tips with her.

  5. Shaney Maharaj

    January 26, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Aaah this dog is adorable. I cant wait to get one. My daughter loves animals, shes been worrying for a dog.

  6. Lynndee

    January 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

    How cute! We have dogs back in my home country and I loved bathing them. It was always fun for me to give them a bath like a baby. :)

  7. OurFamilyWorld

    January 25, 2017 at 3:38 am

    These are greta tips especially for first time pet owners. This post made me miss my Shih-tzu.

  8. Kathy

    January 24, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    This sounds like a great product. I don’t have any dogs, but I do have cats. We still give them baths once in a while too.

  9. uprunforlife

    January 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    The tub makes bathing your pup easier. I have put mine straight in the bathtub or even in the shower. I have a yorkie and he doesn’t care for bathtime.

  10. My Teen Guide

    January 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This is such a good and fun tips! My sister had her new puppy and don’t know where to start to bathe her puppy.

  11. melissa

    January 24, 2017 at 10:29 am

    What a cutie! I would love to be able to wash my dog as easily but he is a giant. I will trade with you on bath day. lol

  12. Heather

    January 23, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Well he looks really cute and cozy under that blanket. I think the thing that sucks the most is when they do that shake and water gets everywhere. But at least it’s just water.

  13. jo

    January 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I don’t have a dog pet but that looks cute! I guess if I do that myself, I’ll be the one soaking up in water. LOL!

  14. Kathy Myers

    January 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Poor Peanut did not look happy. He is so darn cute!!

  15. Bill S

    January 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    How cute!!! It is amazing how different it is to bath different breeds of dogs and sizes of dogs as well!

  16. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    January 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    These are great tips! I have had to bathe both large and small breed dogs, and I think small breeds are tougher. You have less to hold on to!

  17. Vivian

    January 22, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Such a cute story. I am going to borrow my girlfriend’s puppy and follow your tips. 😀

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