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Shae Killey3 years ago

Southern Highlands dog owners, wash your pup properly

Are you constantly battling a defiant dog when it gets to bath time? Perhaps you've got a willing participant and just want to know the proper procedures? While having a bath is completely normal for us, for dogs, the whole process is completely unnatural. If they had their way, they'd spend their entire lives smelly and dirty. If you don't get them used to the idea of bathing from an early age, they can become scared and stressed every time you reach for the shampoo. To make your life and theirs a whole lot easier, we've provided a how-to guide for washing your dog!

Behaviour preparation

Before you even think about putting your dog in the tub, you should get them used to the idea. Take them for trips to the bath without even washing them and reassure them with treats. The key to making your dog-washing experience a pleasant one is getting them to associate the bath with happy feelings, not negativity. The secret to this involves giving your dog treats at all stages of the bathing process and follow their bath with an activity they love—like a walk or tug-of-war. After repeating this process a few times, your dog will be excited about hopping in the bath.

Guide to washing your dog


1. After mentally preparing them, start the bathing process by removing any tangles in the coat with a brush.

2. To prevent water from entering their ears and causing infection, it’s also a good idea to put cotton balls in their ear canal.

3. Finally, make sure the water is warm and your shampoo, conditioner and towels are close by.

Washing your dog

4. Wet your entire dog avoiding their eyes and ears.

5. Lather your pup in shampoo, again being very careful to avoid the eyes and ears.

6. Rinse out the shampoo with water or a vinegar rinse.

7. Lather your dog in conditioner, this is also a good opportunity to feel for any lumps, bumps and ticks.

8. Completely rinse your dog again, before you begin the drying process.


9. Remove the cotton buds from their ears.

10. Dry your dog from top-to-toe with a towel or blow dryer, and let them shake off any excess water outside.

11. Once dry, thoroughly brush their coat to prevent future tangling.

Remember to constantly reward your dog with treats after each step and take them for a fun activity afterwards!

Have you got yourself a defiant dog?

It’s important to remember that you should never get too angry with your dog if they’re not fully cooperating, this will only worsen the behaviour. If your dog fears or dislikes bathing you should take him to your local vet for some professional advice. If you’re looking for some of the best vets in the Southern Highlands we’ve found a couple below.


Want a vet you can trust to care for your beloved pet? Make sure you stop by HIGHLANDS VETERINARY GROUP for all of your pet’s medical needs. Whether you want peace of mind for your pet’s surgery or just need behavioural advice from a qualified veterinarian, the team here will be happy to help. With a long list of happy patients and friendly, animal-loving staff, HIGHLANDS VETERINARY GROUP has one of the best reputations in the Southern Highlands. So if you’re worried about your pet’s health, book an appointment today!
Where: 66 Old Hume Hwy Braemar Southern Highlands NSW

Alcorn St Vet Clinic

Located in Bowral, the passionate veterinarians at Alcorn St Vet Clinic will help diagnosis, treat and care for your beloved pet like it’s their own. Have you just adopted a new four-legged friend? With vaccinations, desexing, dentaland general checkups plus more, you can’t look past Alcorn St Vet Clinic. Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, bird, ferret, guinea pig or rabbit, the versatile staff at Alcorn St Vet Clinic will use their state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to help treat your pet.
Where: 8 Alcorn St Bowral Southern Highlands NSW

Not in the Southern Highlands region? Click here to find a vet that’s closer to you!


Have you had trouble with a dog that fears bathing? Share your experiences in the comments below!