So, how can pet owners accomplish the thorough drying that’s necessary? In summer months,
most dogs can simply be towel dried, allowed to play or rest in the sun, brushed and then toweled a
Still, not all towels are created e;ual when it comes to their effectiveness in drying pets, so it’s
no surprise that there are products made specifically for this task. ;or e;ample, Wahl’s ;ry ;og
microfiber towels are designed to be super absorbent, yet not as thick or hard to handle as some
others products on the market. Pura Naturals Pet, on the other hand, has ;ur ;rying Gloves to wick
moisture away, allowing ;uicker drying and reduced allergens.
“As a member of most families, dogs deserve their own towels,” says ;de. “;ogs actually enjoy the
swaddling that happens when drying and it helps rela; them.”
;f humidity is high or the weather is either cold or rainy, though, a dryer may be re;uired to do a
thorough job. ;etro ;ac and B’Air both have affordable portable dryers, and handheld dryers can
also used. Be sure to advise customers to keep their own hands under the stream of air, so they know
how hot it is to avoid burning the pet’s skin. PB
AT-HOME BATHING TIPS
Many pet owners love the bonding opportunity that grooming a furry friend provides, not to mention the
convenience of being able to clean a dog that’s rolled in mud—or something much more odiferous—by themselves.
And, according to Tom Wien, director of marketing for Cardinal Pet Care, there are a variety of other benefits to a
regular at-home grooming regimen.
“Although it was once thought that dogs shouldn’t be given baths too frequently because it would strip the coat of
oils, many veterinarians are now recommending weekly bathing, since research has shown it can reduce allergies, help
clear up skin infections, and alleviate itching and scratching,” he says.
To help pet owners complete this rewarding task easily and effectively as possible, Wien suggests that retailers offer
the following advice:
Before bathing, pet parents should gather all the tools they need (shampoo, conditioner, towels etc.) and make sure
they have a proper-sized tub for their dog. Small breeds can often be washed in a sink or laundry tub, while larger
breeds typically require a full-sized bathtub or shower. It’s a good idea to place a towel at the bottom of the tub to
prevent the dog from slipping.
IN THE TUB
Use water that’s lukewarm and wet the dog with the spray hose thoroughly before applying shampoo. Many experts
recommend washing and rinsing the dog’s body before working up to the head, which is the most sensitive area. Dogs
tend to start shaking themselves off once their head gets wet, and this can make bathing more difficult.
EASY ON THE EARS
Dogs’ ears are very sensitive. They can be protected by placing cotton balls inside, but make sure the cotton balls are
large enough that they won’t get stuck in the ear canal.
After rinsing out the shampoo thoroughly and turning off the water, take a large towel and drape it over the dog like a
blanket. All dogs are going to try to shake themselves dry after a bath, but a timely, well-placed towel can slow down
the shaking and prevent the whole room—and the pet parent—from getting soaked. Then another towel should be
used to dry the face, ears, stomach and feet.
DON’T FORGET THE REWARD
Another important thing pet parents shouldn’t forget: give the dog a treat immediately afterward, so they come to
associate bathing with a pleasurable experience.
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