3 Tips for Better Bathing

There are a few ways groomers can make the bathing process easier and more effective.

Getting dogs and cats so clean they squeak is the key to a great overall groom. It isn’t usually a very difficult process, but there are a few ways you can make it easier and more effective.

Tip #1. Flushing Ears
Flushing a dog’s ears before the bath but in the tub can be helpful. It keeps all the debris in the bathing area and it allows all the debris to be expelled before you lather. Always pack the ears with cotton before you start lathering to prevent water from getting in. If you do get water in the ear, you can always flush again and dry with a cotton ball.

Tip #2. Address Trouble Areas Before the Bath
Because dogs’ and cats’ ears produce a lot of oils and such, I take a good cleaning shampoo and apply it straight to the inside of the ear, and then shampoo as usual. This process gives you a head start on getting those ears clean. Don’t forget the other problem areas. Double check the sanitary areas, the muzzle, feet and the undercarriage.

Tip #3. Rinsing
You can never over rinse a coat. As I rinse, I feel for a squeak. If I don’t feel the squeak, I will re-lather the area and rinse again until it squeaks. The most important part is the rinse, though. Make sure you hit every inch of the dog twice. Let the water work for you.

Christina Pawlosky is a Certified Master Groomer, professional handler, breeder, grooming show judge and successful pet store and grooming shop owner (The Pet Connection) since 1985. For 20 years, she served as national training manager for Oster Professional Products, where she developed new initiative educational material to educate at schools and conventions all over the world. Pawlosky is currently working with Judy Hudson to produce the Grooming Professors (groomingprofessors.com)—a service through which the two industry veterans share their many years of grooming, competing, dog show conditioning and handling with groomers across the country via Facebook and through an interactive website where visitors can access webcasts and videos about everything grooming related.


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