Bathing Scruffy may seem like a pretty straightforward task. First, you put Scruffy inside the tub then wet him. The next step is to soap him up thoroughly. Lastly, rinse him then dry him using a clean towel. If you want to ensure Scruffy feels comfortable during the entire bathing process, here are some useful tips we thought you’d find helpful in making bath time smooth and fun!
- Gather the supplies.
Be sure to have everything ready before starting the bath time process.
- Dog shampoo
- Dog conditioner
- Spray-on detangler
- Dog brush
- Wash cloth
- 8 Towels (this is just an approximate and depends mainly on the size of your pup and the size of the bathing area)
- Doggie treats
- Cotton balls
- Plastic cup or bottle
- Prepare the bathroom.
- Line up the towels outside the shower or tub to prevent your pup from slipping and to keep your bathroom floor dry. You can also use a rubber bath mat.
- Put the dog shampoo, conditioner, towels and treats within reach.
- Get Scruffy ready.
- Allow Scruffy to have his bathroom break.
- Love him up using his favorite treats or toys.
- Gently brush through any tangles or knots you see in your dog’s fur using the spray-on detangler.
- Give him another treat and praise him for behaving nicely.
- Place one cotton ball in each of his ears to prevent water from entering.
- Let the bath time begin!
Step 1: If Scruffy can get in the tub himself, let him. It’s safer compared to holding a nervous and/or a wet dog. You can also use a little stool to help him up.
Step 2: Turn on the faucet and be sure the water temperature is comfortable for Scruffy.
Step 3: Get your pup’s fur wet using a water sprayer. You can also fill a cup with water.
Step 4: Work the soap into Scruffy’s fur from his neck down to his feet using his dog shampoo.
Step 5: Wash Scruffy’s head using a wash cloth. Be sure to avoid washing his mouth, eyes and inner ears.
Step 6: Rinse Scruffy thoroughly using your hands. Be sure to get all the soap out of his fur to prevent your dog from ingesting any soap or shampoo residue.
Step 7: Follow the same steps above if you will be applying a conditioner on Scruffy, too.
Step 8: Place a towel over Scruffy and squeeze out the excess water from his body gently. He may want to shake off so the towels you’ve lined up on the floor will come in handy.
Step 9: Help Scruffy out of the tub or let him get out of it on his own.
Step 10: Remove the cotton balls out of his two ears.
Step 11: Give him his favorite treat as a reward for a bath well done. The treat can also give him pleasant associations with bath time.
Step 12: Once Scruffy is dry, brush him gently. Use the spray-on detangler if there are any knots left on his fur.
- When you bathe Scruffy, be sure to check his body and skin and look for lumps, bumps or any out of the ordinary changes.
- Let Scruffy’s fur dry naturally. Don’t use a hair dryer for it can cause your dog’s fur and skin to be dry. It can also cause itching.