How to Bathe a Dog
and Shampoos to Never Use

Tips on how to bathe a dog, how often and dog shampoos that do more harm than good.

My Pit Bull Lulu knows, the worse the shampoo, the more often a bath is needed.

We tend to bathe our dogs too often making skin conditions worse.

If your dog stinks but hasn't rolled in pasture patties or been sprayed by a skunk . . . it's not his skin or fur that is the problem!

Look, bathing once a month will help unclog the pores without stripping away the skin's natural oils and ruining what's called the skin mantel . . . as long as the shampoo ingredients are not chemicals.

Did you know most shampoos are so harsh they aggravate skin conditions in your dog? 

A silly picture of my Lulu just for fun

Think about it. Would you feed your dog alcohol, Benzoyl peroxide, Pramoxine hydrochloride or the dozens of other ingredients found in dog shampoos?

Not only is the skin the largest organ in the body, it absorbs everything put on it.

If your dog stinks or has any skin conditions, bathing won't cure it. The two most common reasons a dog smells come from the inside. They are an underlying fungal problem (usually yeast) or a gut microbe imbalance and it is impossible to be healthy if the body is this far out of balance.

To correct the microbe imbalance, (a fancy name for gut bacteria) I strongly suggest NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans until the bottle is gone, followed by Probiotics Eleven. If you click on the links and buy both at the same time, you can get 30% off the retail price.

Lulu and I both take these to stay healthy (one bottle of each; 3 times a year).  The first resets and the second one builds the good bacteria needed in the body to do so many things.

A body out of balance will not only continue to have problems but cause many other health issues to arise.

Now I'll share how to bathe a dog. This method has worked for me for a few decades.

How to Bathe a Dog

Have ready:

  • 2 - 3 large towels
  • 1 wash cloth or bath sponge
  • shampoo
  • large plastic cup
  • Vinegar rinse
    (1 qt. non-chlorine water + 1/4 c. organic apple cider vinegar)
  • goggles and raincoat (just kidding)

Since my dogs have all been big (70 to 120 pounds), I'd fill the tub about 4" deep with comfortably warm water. I;d usually leave a collar  on them just in case they have the desire to vacate the tub early.

I sit on the edge of the tub with my feet inside so my back doesn't get sore. First I wet the wash cloth and wipe down the face. Using a large plastic cup, I scoop water onto them beginning at the head.

To avoid getting water in the eyes or ears, I hold up the chin with one hand and pour from behind the ears backward. Holding the head like this helps pour water under the chin also. Its always best to start at the head. If your dog has fleas, it will chase them toward the body where they can be washed off.

After wetting the dog down completely I suds them up with shampoo and turn it into a massage session which usually gives me grunts and groans of pleasure from my big pups. I rub and scratch everywhere but their sensitive area. Shampoo in any orifice can be quite uncomfortable.

Once the massage portion is over, I rinse with the same bath water for the first rinse and then use fresh clean water from the spout. I let the water out. While water is draining I put the vinegar solution on with the wash cloth or sponge.

Rinse the apple cider vinegar off the dog with warm clean water and its time to dry. I lay a big towel over their back before they have time to shake and give them a rub down. Now if they shake, I won't be drenched.

Standing in the tub with my dog, I rub her head. Usually I get a moaning sound while she pushes into the towel. ( Helen was the queen of moans no matter how much she swore she didn't want a bath.)

I quickly run the towel over the whole body so the floor doesn't get flooded.

I say "Okay" and she jumps out of the tub onto the big dry towel I have on the floor. Now I can dry thoroughly and get the legs and feet as well.

As soon as I dry the last foot she is ready to race around the house like a dog on amphetamines.

And now you know how to bathe a dog!

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 I almost forgot!  I found a great dog shampoo recipe on another site that is good for your dog. It even has Aloe in it. It's at Recipe Dog Shampoo.

A few tips to remember:

  • Only wash your dog outdoors with the hose on hot days to avoid a chill
  • Avoid drafts during bath time by closing the door. Also avoid drafts until they are dry.
  • When bathing a small dog use the same method, except in the kitchen sink. I washed my cats for years this way.
  • Attitude is everything. Don't set about bathing dogs when you are in ill-humor. Your dog will catch your attitude and washing a dog could turn into a nightmare.
  • Please avoid harsh flea shampoos. The vinegar is not only healthy for dog skin but repels fleas at the same time.

And since I mentioned fleas, guess what? A truly healthy dog doesn't get fleas and I've got to tell you I don't miss them one bit!

Switching to a raw diet and using periodic NSP supplements has changed our life in the best of ways.


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Important Notice

I sell NSP (Nature's Sunshine) herbs and supplements for your dog. While these are strictly tested and made for human consumption, I am the only one in the United States successfully using them for dogs for over a decade now.

To get proper doses for your dog you must purchase through me. I've spent a great deal of time learning the right combinations and doses per weight for your canine kid.