Knowing how to bathe a dog can be very handy before you get started. Giving your dog a bath can either be an easy experience or it could be a scene straight out of a funny home video.
Here's how to give your dog a bath while keeping yourself from getting (too) wet:
Pick a location:
Pros: The great outdoors provides a lot of space and it will save you from having to clean up your bathtub or shower post-bath. All you need is a hose and, ideally, something that can function as a tub.
Cons: Depending on your landscape, the "great outdoors" could become the "great get dirty all over again" before your dog is dry.
Pros: Whether you choose your shower or the tub (depending on dog size), either way, it's well-contained.
Cons: You'll have some clean-up to do afterward.
Self service pet wash.
Pros: Perfect for when you don't have enough room or do not have a backyard. Also great for containing the mess and keeping your house clean. Best of all, many self-wash salons, like the ones offered at Unleashed by Petco stores, provide everything you need - from dog shampoo and conditioner to towels, aprons, combs and brushes and even blow dryers.
Cons: Travel time, if your dog doesn't like car rides.
Pros: Your dog will be pampered - thoroughly cleaned, brushed and styled, and his nails will be trimmed.
Cons: The more expensive of the four location options, but worth it if your dog has a specific hair cut you prefer, needs his nails trimmed or if you would like him shaved to a summer cut -anything that requires a lot of extra work beyond a bath.