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    Tips in bathing your dog

    I'm sure a lot of you have good tips in bathing your dog, especially puppies. Come on guys don't be shy and post : )




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    I could definately use some tips......my Yorkie hates, hates, hates the water. She will not respond to treats at all if she is the least bit distracted or stressed.




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    ok.............always have the shower running before you put dog in bath, make sure its the right temp. no hotter than you would use for a baby.Always start at the back end first........have shampoo already diluted in a jug.........stroke and squeeze the shampoo through the coat,NEVER rub, silly this bit but try having soothing music playing or sing! it de stresses you and the dog.yes it really works!......... if you have a tiny yorkie, then try using the sink instead of the bath, always make sure the bottom of the bath is not slippery........i find a folded towel soaked first and lay in the bath [ away from the plug hole though to let water escape].............when getting to the face and ears make sure no water gets into the ear canal, or shampoo in the eyes, nicer to use baby shampoo for the face area just in case..........and for your own comfort.........DONT CLIP THE NAILS BEFORE YOU BATH THE LITTLE BLIGHTER!....................LOL
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    Hi 'belong' -- I have a Yorkie, too! Luckily, his breeder gave all her pups some baths at her house, so it was not a big shock to him to have a bath the 2nd week at my house. However, he was still not happy about it! Like 'weiambea' said in her reply, the kitchen sink (scrubbed clean first!) is better than a big bathtub for a little Yorkie! She used a wet towel in the bottom of her kitchen sink, so her pup doesn't get frightened by slipping & sliding...I use a small bath mat with suction-cups on the bottom of it, and I just let the ends of mat curve-up and attach to them to the sides of the sink. I fill the bottom of the sink with @ 3 inches of very warm water and set the pup in the water--it helps to keep him warm, and he doesn't have to 'hear the water running' from the faucet which scares him. I use a small plastic cup to scoop-up water and gently wet him and later rinse him free of shampoo, etc.--I got a good 'doggy shampoo' on a 40%-off sale at our local pet shop; the shampoo is mild & has a conditioner in the shampoo, and I also use a second conditioner that takes the tangles out of most of his hair. He gets to keep a narrow leash on a nylon collar; I tie the leash onto the sink handle so he can't jump off the sink and break a leg! He gets squeeze-dried with an older towel which 'his towel', then he sits on a dry towel in the bathroom sink--with his leash tied to the faucet in there while I 'dry him off' with a hair dryer...do not use 'high heat' on your dog; it can burn him or damage his eyes. I keep my hair dryer set just below high and later change it to 'low' when he is just barely damp. He actually likes the hair dryer now, and he will lay down on the folded towel that's in the sink and almost go to sleep. I just keep running my fingers through his hair and move the dryer around to keep him warm. I will turn him from one side to the other and be sure his rear end area and chest & neck are well-dried. The minute he is put onto the floor again, he shakes himself really hard, and I make a big 'fuss over him' and tell him what a great pup looks like now. He trots out of the bathroom all 'energized' and goes to find my husband to 'show' how great he looks--he seems to know he looks and feels better after his bathes!
    P.S>I also put some rolled-up cotton balls inside his ears to keep the water from getting into his eyes too easily. I also wash his face off first with a face cloth (rather than pouring cups of water over his head--which would really freak him out), and I use some tearless pet shampoo for his face area. Hope this helps -- Sue Mc.





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    My mini schnauzer tolerates her baths, because she knows that afterwards she gets to snuggle in my big fluffy terrycloth robe for a little while. She looks forward to it. That gives me a chance to clean up a little after her bath and put away everything.

    Also... after every bath I use "Ear Cleansing / Drying Solution" (it is an Antiseptic ear Solution for Dogs and Cats). Both my dog's groomer and I use it which we both purchase from our Vet.





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    I think it is important that you start with the bath when they are puppies...again, getting them adjusted while little goes a long way to success later in life. I have no suggestion for an older dog....I always started with them as puppies, and they love their bath...to the point that Parker, the mini schnauzer, will jump in my hot tub with me...it is outside, and there are many nights that I end up having to brush and dry...and the hot tub gets cleaned and refilled more often! And, I use alot of the same methods that Sue mentioned above...try to always make it a positive experience for them.

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    I agree. Starting when they are puppies is the best.

    Also, you should start brushing their teeth as puppies. Just like you get them use to the bath...you need to get them use to having their teeth brushed daily, along with brushing.





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    Hi MaryAnn:

    Nice to meet you!! I am out of town this week. I travel about every other week for my job...I am a nurse and work for a nursing company as their National Director of Clinical Operations. Needless to say, I am missing my husband...and the five wonderful pets who we live with...the newest...a 10 week old Bichon...Cooper. I will begin his teeth cleaning when I get home. I have no problems with Parker, the mini schnauzer. But...my cats are a different story!!! Have NEVER managed to brush any of their teeth without a rip-snorting, fur flying, howling, and snarling event!!! So they get dry food, and the vet does their teeth!

    I am so curious...you have such great information...are you a professional dog specialist? Thanks for all of the information that you share with us!

    MargeeTx





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    Thank you Margee. You are sweet. Nice to meet you too. By the way I commend you on your profession. Nurses are the backbone of our medical field.

    No I am not a professional dog specialist ... but have done a lot of research on dogs in general, especially the caring, feeding, and training of these precious family members...even before I brought my schnauzer home from the breeders. I continue to read, study and learn about them daily. I have enlisted the help of two excellent AKC Certified Trainers starting when my puppy had all her shots at 4months. My groomer also is a Mini-Schnauzer expert who has been an excellent resource, as well as all the Vets and Vet Techs at our Vet Office.

    My two year old Schnauzer has earned 13 Certificates, including her AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and AKC Canine Good Citizen at age 8.5 months, and went on to earn her Official Therapy Dog Certification at age 1 year. We have taken Puppy, Basic, Advanced, Tricks, Fun & Games, Tracking, Freestyle Dance, Rally-O, and completed two Agility courses, and currently in her third. We continue to train and practice our skills daily.

    RE: Teeth...Have you heard about t/d's for pets??? They actually scrape the tarter off of the dog's teeth while they bite it. If you have ever seen a demonstration at your vet's office...it's amazing. One of the techs at our Vet's office took a screwdriver and dipped it in white-out and then with the screwdriver broke into the t/d nugget...it literally scraped the white-out right off. I give it to my schnauzer as a treat occassionally. Dogs love them. They make it for cats as well. I get it at my Vet's office.

    How old are your beloved family members? The ones with four legs...I mean????



    I make sure she meets at least one new dog a week, gets a variety of exercise, discipline, and lastly lots of affection.




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    Hi MaryAnn:

    Thanks for the reply, and thank you for the compliment on my profession. You are so knowledgable!!! And, you give us great advice. We have had two mini schnauzers...we lost our first at age 8 with Cushing's and Diabetes. We now have Parker and he is 6...got him from a different breeder in Oklahoma City, and knock on wood...no health issues at all. Not sure if I mentioned it, but we lost our Cocker, Poochka, in the fall at age 16, and just 3 weeks ago, our 12 year old chocolate lab, Samson, to cancer. We had to get Parker a freind, so now we have Cooper, a Bichon. We also have 3 cats, so we are very busy. What are t/d's? I really want more info on these.

    WOW!! What impressive achievements with your schnauzer...what is his name? They are such smart, fun dogs...we were planning to get another, but it was going to not be until the fall, and Parker just couldn't wait for a new dogfriend. They are getting along famously, and he's having a ball with the puppy. He reminds me of how Samson and Poochka treated him as a puppy. We even looked into rescue, but that takes 6-8 weeks.

    Parker is a certified Hos-pet, ( hospice) and visits patients at the inpatient unit, and is wonderful with everyone. He never meets a stranger.

    Send me some training info, and I will utilize it with them both!

    Thanks again.....Margee





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