How To Do An Efficient Self-Serve Bath
Have you been washing your dog in the tub at home? There’s water all over the floor, your dog won’t stay still and hair is everywhere, which is a pain to clean up. Never fear; the solution is to use the Self-Serve wash bays with us at the Ken Caryl Pet Spa. We provide everything you need, including shampoo, brushes, towels, and even a blow dryer. It’s quick, easy, and the best part is that you can leave the mess with us. We’ll even give you some tips on how to make the bath efficient and painless for both you and your pooch.
- Lots of undercoat– If your dog is shedding and has lots of loose hair, use the blow dryer first. It sounds odd, but using the blow dryer will literally blow out a great deal of that loose hair before you even get your dog wet in the tub. The rest will wash out can be brushed after the bath.
- Brushing before– Even if it doesn’t look like your dog has extra hair, it’s a good idea to lightly brush them out before the bath begins. This will pull out any loose hair and also allows you to feel for any matting or tangling. If your dog has tangles, it is important to brush or shave those out before the bath, never use scissors! Tangling will tighten up, turning into matting and become tighter and closer to the skin if not removed prior to getting wet.
- Shampoo choices– The shampoo and conditioner you use on your dog during the bath should be considered as it can greatly help your dog’s skin to use a proper good quality pet shampoo. If they have itchy or flaky skin, an oatmeal shampoo and conditioner is soothing and combats itchiness. For extreme shedding, a specialized de-shedding shampoo and conditioner should be used as it opens the hair follicle, allowing the dead hair (which sheds) to come out easier.
- Drying methods– Some dogs won’t tolerate the blow dryer, but you won’t know until you try. Towel dry your dog in the tub first, then lay the towel out on the table with your dog on top of it. Try blow drying your dog from top to bottom so water flows down their body through their feet and onto the towel. Also, It is better to start at the hind end as most dogs don’t love the dryer around their face.
- Brushing after– Brushing will be most effective once your dog is completely dry. Also consider the type of brush you are using, because the brush makes all the difference. There are various brushes that can be used for your dog, all sold at the Ken Caryl Pet Spa, including Furminator tools, slicker brushes, zoom grooms and metal combs. If you have any question on which brush is best for your dog, simply ask us and we would be happy to help!
Giving your dog a bath doesn’t have to be a nightmare, and our Self-Serve makes it easy. So if your pooch has been out in the mountains, or rolling in muck, or just needs a good bath, don’t be afraid to come in and give them a wash. They’ll feel like a new dog, and you’ll be glad you don’t have to clean up the mess!
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