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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My name is Terri and I live in an urban area in central Georgia, USA. I'm a mom to three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 2 lovebirds, and other small aquatic pets. My hobbies include photography, reading, binge-watching movies, crocheting, D.I.Y. projects of every kind, gardening, hiking, glamping, and camping. I love to travel and go sightseeing. My coffee pot is my lifeline.

19 thoughts on “How to Bathe Your Small Breed Dog, Like a Boss

  1. This is a great idea. we have 4 dogs, one whom loves to dig in dirt, roll in leaves.. shes always a mess. now it’ll be easier to give her baths. lol

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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