Tips for Bathing Your Dog


Something you may not know about me is that I LOVE ANIMALS. Always have, always will. When I was little I wanted to "save everything".

A couple years ago, I worked with pets for a year. It was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Truly. Pet care doesn't rake in the big bucks nor do most of the jobs provide health care... But money aside, with my severe allergic eczema... what choice did I have but to find another job?

It was all for the best, though, because I didn't understand how severe my allergies to pets are - especially cats. If I touch Bluto, our cat, my skin turns bright red - and my nose is usually stuffed up when he's around. Luckily Bentley, our dog, has hypoallergenic hair so I only have to worry about his saliva.

Here are some photos from my year with the pets (mostly dogs, obviously):


Aren't they sweet?!

If you're allergic to your dog and can't get him/her groomed and de-shedded every handful of weeks... bathing at home is an option (and preferably having somebody else do it). Just make sure to clean the tub/shower very well afterward!

Here are some tips:

  • Thoroughly brush them before the bath. Use a comb for dogs with long hair - only use the brush for shine.
  • Use lukewarm water
  • Purchase a hose attachment for your faucet. It's much faster than using a cup to scoop the water!
  • Get a plastic mat for inside your tub, so your dog doesn't slip. The slipping is a large part of their anxiety in the bathtub.
  • Put cotton balls in your pets ears to prevent them from getting wet and moist, thus causing an infection
  • Have a large dog? Ask a friend to help!
  • Buy some Allerpet D shampoo - it's designed specifically for people with allergies to dogs
  • Do NOT use human shampoo on your dog. It messes up their PH levels.
  • Use gloves during the bath to protect your skin. If you can find long gloves, that's even better!
  • Give your dog a massage while you're shampooing him - I've never met a dog who didn't like a massage - and it's good for circulation and their muscles.
  • Treats!! Little training treats are perfect. I found these healthy treats online.
  • Dry your pet with a towel and brush or comb them thoroughly afterward. Use a hair dryer on the cool setting if necessary.

Are you allergic to your dog?

What measures do you take to prevent or lessen your allergic reactions?