Get the right shampoo.
Don’t rely on what you read over the internet. Make sure to ask your veterinarian to recommend a product that works best for your cute furry companion, and follow the directions. If your dog has skin problems, you'll likely need a therapeutic shampoo that will address his/her condition.
Stop the tears and wet ears.
Ask your veterinarian for some bland eye ointment and have her show you how to apply it. Yes, make sure you know how to properly apply it as it may irritate your dog. Put a small piece of cotton in each of your dog’s ear canals to prevent water from getting inside; just make sure not to forget in taking it out after the bath.
Aside from your furry companion enjoying the brush routine, brushing before a bath helps the shampoo get into the coat and works out mats before they get set in by the water. Gently pick apart or cut out any mats before the bath, because adding water will make them impossible to remove.
Stock your station.
It’s not hoarding, simply stash some of the needed items prior to your weekly doggy bath. It's frustrating to start bathing a dog only to realize the shampoo or towels are on the other side of the room or the worst case scenario, you ran out of it. Unless you enjoy playing tag with a soaking wet pup, get your supplies together before you bring in the dog.
Use the three-towel trick.
Have one towel to put in the bottom of the tub to provide traction and prevent slipping. The second towel is the antishake towel — drape it over the wet dog (between washes or before rinsing) to prevent him from shaking and soaking you and the walls. The third towel is the drying towel. A big dog might need more than one drying towel.
Go warm on the water.
Fill the tub or sink with water before you bring in your dog. The sound of rushing water adds to his stress if he’s not an enthusiastic bather. Having a stressed out pup prior to giving him/her a bath would give you a hard time.