The hygiene of your pet is essential for him, because keeping him clean is an essential part of his well-being: it keeps him healthy, frees him from dead hair and defends him from any parasites that can nest in the mantle. But it is also essential for our home, given that going out into the street or running in the dirt inevitably brings dirt back into the home.
The bath must therefore be carried out with a certain regularity. Usually, once a month is enough and above all prevents the lipid layer on the dog's skin from altering too much, taking away its natural defense from parasites and bacteria. So let's see how to wash the dog in the best way, step by step, in a natural way.
Everything we need to bathe the dog
Before starting, it's better to equip yourself with everything you will need, so you don't have to leave the dog in the tub to fetch items that we have forgotten. First of all we will certainly have to provide ourselves with several towels to dry the dog, but also everything that will get wet during the operation. In fact, unless the dog is very small or particularly calm, we must be aware of what will happen. Then Manto shampoo specific for animals, later we will see better which ones, a series of combs and brushes suitable for the breed and type of hair of the dog, cotton balls to protect his ears from the water.
A good brushing to start with
For adequate preparation for the bath, it is always a good idea to brush the dog immediately beforehand in order to remove the most superficial dirt and make the coat ready to better receive the water. Especially if they have long hair, brushing can loosen any knots that would prevent the Manto shampoo from washing in depth.
Which Manto shampoo should be used
It is very important to always use a specific shampoo Coat for the type of hair. The one for humans is too aggressive for the animal's skin and you run the risk of unnecessary irritation or dermatitis. Therefore, there are natural products from Manto, they are without perfumes and artificial additives, for more sensitive dogs with delicate skin.
If this is his first time, get him used to the water slowly
If it hasn't happened to have washed it before and therefore it's his first experience, it's important to get him used to the water. For example, it may be a good idea to put him in the empty tub perhaps with a toy of his own, stroking him and reassuring him with a very calm and sweet tone of voice. It is very important to immediately make him associate the idea of the bathroom with something pleasant and gratifying.
At this point turn on the warm water
Once the dog is calm, then you can then you can start filling the tub with warm water, making it reach halfway up the paw. It's important to take your time and not have to do everything in a hurry to be able to intersperse the washing with breaks and games. It's a good idea to start bathing him as a puppy so he gets used to it. However, it should never be washed before the month and a half of age, because in that period the dog is totally without immune defenses and the bath risks being strongly counterproductive.
What to do during washing
The dog must be washed starting from the neck down. The ears are extremely delicate and must be well protected. In fact, often when they remain wet there is the risk of favoring the proliferation of infectious agents. You can use cotton balls that will be inserted inside, being careful not to push them deep.
Also pay attention to the muzzle: the shampoo can cause very annoying burning for him. So, having taken these precautions, you can proceed with the washing: from the neck you go down to the abdomen, to the legs, then the back and finally the tail. The coat must be well soaked in water.
Rinsing: another fundamental step
Rinsing must carefully eliminate all shampoo residues: in fact, it must be rinsed thoroughly until the water appears completely clean. Even in this step, patience must be maximum, especially if the dog has long, thick or curly hair. A good rinse will avoid the risk of skin irritation and pH imbalances.
And now drying
Finally, the last step, but equally fundamental: drying must be done as best as possible. Leaving the dog damp makes him less strong in defending himself against some ailments. Taking a towel , wrap it and dab it, removing the bulk. Then we move on to the hair dryer. Beware of heat, the dog's coat and skin are delicate and too strong heat can cause burns. Always check that the air is warm.