Back to Basics: How to Bathe a Dog

Back to Basics: How to Bathe a Dog


Dogs are known as "man's best friend" for a reason. They provide companionship, love, and loyalty to their owners, and in return, all they ask for is a little bit of attention and care.

Washing your dog may seem like a daunting task, but it's one that is well worth the effort. Not only will your dog look and smell great, but it will also help to keep their coat healthy! Keep reading for tips or take our quiz for some personalized recommendations.

How to properly wash a dog

Dogs are a part of the family for many people, and just like with any other family member, it is important to keep them clean. 

Not only will it make them smell better, but it will also make them healthier. Here are some tips on how to properly wash a dog.

Washing a Dog:

  1. Start by brushing your dog to remove any loose hair or dirt. This will also help to avoid matting while you are washing them.
  2. Next, wet your dog down with warm water. Be careful not to use water that is too hot or too cold.
  3. Apply shampoo to their coat and work it in well. Pay special attention to areas that tend to be stinkier, like their hiney or stinky feet.
  4. Rinse your dog off completely with warm water. Make sure to get all the shampoo out of their fur.
  5. Dry your dog off with a towel and brush their coat once more.

Following these steps should help you to properly wash your dog and keep them smelling fresh and clean.

How to bathe a dog by Nuesta Pets

What supplies you'll need

Bathing a dog can be a messy and frustrating experience if you're not properly prepared. To make the process as easy and efficient as possible, there are a few supplies you'll need before getting started.

The most important item on your list is a good-quality hose with a spray nozzle. This will allow you to rinse off your dog quickly and easily without making too much of a mess. 

You'll also need a large towel to dry them off afterwards, and a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from getting wet.

If you're planning on using shampoo, make sure to choose one that is safe for your pet! Nuesta Pets Unscented Shampoo is a no-nonsense, no hidden ingredients, naturally derived & pH-balanced shampoo for dogs and puppies. Our Shampoo is specifically formulated to cleanse, detangle, and moisturize their coats.


Shampoo used for human hair can be very harsh on your dog's skin and cause irritation. So, be sure to use a shampoo made for pets! It's also a good idea to have a brush on hand to help remove any knots or tangles in their fur.

Cute dog getting rinsed for bath time

How often to wash a dog

Many people are unsure about how often to wash their dog. Some people believe that you should only wash your dog when it is dirty, while others believe that you should wash your dog every other week.

The truth is that there is no right or wrong answer – it depends on your dog’s individual needs. You may need to wash your dog often depending on factors such as the dog’s coat type, activity level, and skin condition.

If you are unsure about how often to wash your dog, ask your veterinarian for guidance. They will be able to give you specific advice based on your dog’s individual needs.

How to choose the right dog shampoo

Dogs are not just pets; they are members of the family. And as with any other member of the family, you want to make sure you are taking care of them properly. 

One important part of dog care is keeping their coat clean and healthy. This means giving them a good shampooing on a regular basis. 

But with so many different types and brands of dog shampoo on the market, how do you know which one is right for your furry friend?

Here are a few tips to help you choose the best shampoo for your dog: 

  1. Know your dog's coat type. Just like people, dogs come in all shapes and sizes. And just like people, their fur coats can be either oily, dry, or somewhere in between.
  2. Choose a hypoallergenic shampoo. Dogs can be just as susceptible to allergies as people. If your dog has sensitive skin, you'll want to choose a dog shampoo that is hypoallergenic.
  3. Find a shampoo with a moisturizer built in. This will help to keep your dog's coat soft and healthy. It's especially important for dogs with dry or brittle fur.
  4. Avoid shampoos with artificial fragrances. Many dog shampoos contain artificial fragrances that can be irritating to your dog's skin. Instead, look for shampoos that are lightly scented with naturally derived fragrances like Nuesta Pet's Lavender Shampoo or find a great Unscented Dog Shampoo.

With Nuesta Pets unscented and fragrance-free shampoo, you can achieve all these tips in one bottle! 

Our fragrance-free formula features only the highest quality ingredients with organic witch hazel, aloe vera, and chamomile to shampoo & condition leaving your loved one feeling clean, refreshed, and smelling great.

How to Bathe your dog with Nuesta Pets Shampoo

The best way to wet and lather the dog

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to wet and lather a dog will vary depending on the size and breed of the dog, as well as on the type of shampoo that is being used. 

There are some general tips that can be followed to make sure that the dog is properly cleaned.

When wetting the dog, it is important to use warm water to avoid shocking the animal's system. The water should be run over the entire body, paying special attention to areas where there may be a lot of dirt or debris, such as the feet and under the tail.

When lathering the dog, it is important to use a small amount of shampoo and to work it into a thick lather adding water to get to desired later rather than adding more shampoo. 

The lather should be worked from the head down to the tail, making sure to avoid the eyes and ears. Once the entire body has been covered, the dog should be rinsed thoroughly with warm water.

How to rinse off the soap

Dogs are known for being dirty animals. They love to play in the mud and roll around in the grass, and as a result, they often come home with dirt and dust all over their fur. 

To get that dirt off, you need to give them a good bath. It is important to make sure that all the soap is rinsed off their fur after shampooing. Otherwise, it will dry out their skin and make them itch.

It is best to start at their head and work your way down their body. Use a small amount of water pressure when rinsing and make sure the water runs clear before you dry them off. With a little bit of patience, you'll have your dog clean and soap-free in no time!

How to dry off your dog

How to dry your dog after a bath

Drying your dog after a bath is an important step in ensuring their fur is clean and healthy. There are a few different ways to go about this, but the most important part is to make sure your dog is dry before letting them go outside to avoid having to bathe them again.

One way to dry your dog is to use a towel. Start by wrapping the towel around their body, making sure to cover their fur completely. Then, gently rub the towel up and down their fur, allowing the towel to absorb any excess water. Be sure to avoid scrubbing too hard, as this may irritate.

Another way to dry your dog is to use a hairdryer. Set the dryer to the lowest heat setting and hold it 6-12 inches away from your dog's coat. Gently move the dryer back and forth, allowing the warm air to flow over their fur. Be sure to keep the dryer moving, as keeping it in one spot for too long can cause burns.

Also, you can let your short-haired dog air dry. A good shake and a couple of laps around the house will have them dry in no time! But be aware they may rub against your furniture and leave a wet dog print.

Once your dog is mostly dry, you can let them go outside to finish drying off. However, be sure to keep an eye on them, as they may roll in the grass or mud, and you don't want to have to bathe them again!

Drying your dog after a bath may seem like a lot of work, but it's important to make sure their fur is clean and healthy. By taking the time to dry them properly, you can help keep their fur looking its best.

Other Ways to keep your dog clean and healthy

Dogs offer so much joy in our lives. In return, they need a few things from us to stay clean and healthy! Here are a few ways to help you keep your dog clean and healthy.

  1. Brush your dog’s fur regularly
  2. Bathe your dog as needed
  3. Cut your dog’s nails regularly
  4. Clean your dog’s ears regularly
  5. Check your dog’s teeth regularly
Adorable dog taking a Bath with Nuesta Pets Shampoo

What to do if your dog gets wet or muddy

If your dog gets wet or muddy, there are a few things you can do to help clean them up. One is to use a towel to dry them off as best as possible if they are just wet. 

If your pet isn't too dirty and just needs a quick spruce up use Nuesta's Pet Wipes. These wipes are a waterless bathing alternative for dogs and puppies. Great for easy clean-up and safe for your pet's ears, face, butt, paws, coat, and skin!

Another is to give them a bath using shampoo and water. Nuesta Pets Unscented Shampoo is a full-body deodorizing shampoo for smelly dogs without artificial fragrances. 

For your beloved four-legged friend that tries to use puppy eyes to get out of its bath time or who usually gets a skin reaction at the salon, Nuesta Pets Shampoo is a better alternative to cosmetic products, with powerhouse natural ingredients that help bring soothing relief to dry, itchy, flaky skin.

And last, Nuesta Pets has a Waterless, No-Rinse Shampoo that is a convenient and hassle-free, full-body bath for dogs with absolutely no water or rinsing required. Simply lather foam from head to toe, massage in, and towel dry.

When to take your dog to the groomer

Dogs need to be groomed regularly, depending on their breed and type of hair. Some dogs only need to be groomed every six months, while others may need to be groomed as often as once a month.

The best way to determine how often your dog needs to be groomed is to consult with your veterinarian or a professional groomer.

They will be able to help you create a grooming schedule that works best for your dog based on their individual needs.

Additionally, it is important to keep an eye on your dog's coat and nails in between grooming appointments. If you notice that their coat is looking matted or tangled, or their nails are getting too long, you may need to take them in for grooming sooner than originally planned.

Overall, regular grooming is essential for keeping your dog healthy and happy. By ensuring that they are properly groomed on a schedule that works best for them, you can help them look and feel their best.

How to bathe your dog: Bring a toothbrush!

How to brush your dog's coat

Brushing your dog's coat is important for several reasons. It helps remove dirt, debris, and dead hair from their coat. It also helps distribute natural oils throughout their fur, which can help keep their skin and coat healthy. 

Additionally, brushing can help to avoid tangles and mats. Matted hair holds water so it's best to get mats out before you bathe your dog.

There are a few things you'll need before you start brushing your dog's coat. First, you'll need a good-quality brush that's appropriate for your dog's fur type. If you're not sure what type of brush to get, ask your veterinarian or groomer. 

Once you have everything you need, follow these steps:

  1. Start by gently petting your dog to help them relax.
  2. Slowly introduce the brush to their coat and let them sniff it if they'd like.
  3. Begin brushing their fur in the direction it grows.
  4. Be extra careful around sensitive areas like their belly and legs.
  5. Reward your dog with treats or praise during and after brushing to make the experience positive.

Brushing your dog's coat regularly is an important part of taking care of them. With a little patience and the right tools, you can make coat care a breeze.

Tips for bathing a big or hairy dog

Bathing a big or hairy dog can be a daunting task. 

Here are some tips to make it easier:

  1. Make sure you have plenty of soap and water. Dogs with thick coats may need more than you think.
  2. Have someone help you hold your large dog if necessary.
  3. Wet the dog down thoroughly before putting any soap on him.
  4. Work the soap into a lather, being sure to avoid the dog's eyes, ears, and mouth.
  5. Rinse the dog off completely.
  6. Be prepared to towel dry your dog (and yourself) afterward. A blow dryer set on low can also help speed up the drying process.
  7. Reward your dog with a treat afterwards to let him know he did a good job!
Tips for bathing a small or delicate dog

Tips for bathing a small or delicate dog

Although larger dogs are generally more difficult to bathe than little ones, small dogs can be difficult to bathe because they can be more finicky and easily scared. 

It's possible to wash them in a laundry room or even the kitchen sink. Of course, you may always bathe your dog outside if the weather is nice enough. 

Here are some tips to make the process easier for both you and your pet:

  1. Make sure your dog is comfortable and secure before starting to bathe them. This may mean having someone help you hold your dog.
  2. Use a cup or bowl for rinse water instead of a hose or running water.
  3. Use a mild shampoo or soap specifically designed for dogs to avoid irritating their skin.
  4. Be careful of your pup's face and avoid getting water in your dog's ears and eyes.
  5. Take your time and go slowly to help your dog relax. Praise them when they do well and keep the experience positive.

After the bath, be sure to thoroughly dry your dog with a towel or blow dryer set on low. Small dogs are especially susceptible to getting cold after a bath, so take extra steps to keep them warm. 

With a little patience and care, bathing your small dog can be an enjoyable experience for both of you.

How to safely wash your dog's face

Dogs are adorable, but they can also be messy. Not only do they love to run and play in the dirt, but they also enjoy licking their faces clean. This can lead to a lot of bacteria and dirt buildup, which is why it's important to know how to safely wash your dog's face.

The first step is to gather all the supplies you need. You'll need a Neutral pH Dog Shampoo like the one from Nuesta Pets, a cup or bowl of warm water, a clean towel, and some treats. 

Make sure the shampoo you use is gentle and designed for dogs, as human shampoo can be too harsh for their skin and eyes.

Soak the cloth in soapy water, then carefully wash your dog's head and face, and finally rinse with a clean washcloth.

You want to make sure that all the soap is removed. 

Nuesta's Pet Wipes are a great safe and easy way to clean up your pup's face. The wipes are hypoallergenic, pH balanced, and deodorizing. They are naturally derived and plant-based for easy daily pet grooming. Formulated to break down and destroy odors while moisturizing the skin.

You always want to be sure to avoid your pet's eyes no matter what product you use!

Hard to bathe your dog?

What to do if your dog doesn't like baths

It’s not uncommon for dogs to dislike baths. In fact, many dogs will try their best to avoid them at all costs. 

If your dog falls into this category, there are a few things you can do to make the dog bathing process a little less stressful for both of you.

Start by gradually getting your dog used to the idea of being in the bathroom. Bring them in for short periods and let them get comfortable with the surroundings.

  • Make sure the water temperature is not too hot or too cold. The temperature should be just right to make the experience comfortable for your dog.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush through the bath, and make sure your dog has a chance to get used to the water before you start washing them.
  • Be gentle. Avoid using scrubbing motions and be careful not to get water in their eyes or ears.
  • Reward your dog for being a good sport. Give them a treat or some extra attention after the bath to let them know that they did a good job.

With a little patience and some positive reinforcement, you can turn bath time into a bonding experience for you and your dog.

Need some more help? Take our pup-specific Bath Time Quiz for answers to your biggest troubles!

Bathing your pup can be a bonding experience that you both enjoy. 

It's important to make sure that the process is as stress-free as possible for both of you, and that you are using the right products. By following these tips, you can create a positive bathing experience for both you and your pup!

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