If your doggie just hates getting a regular bath or you just don’t have the time for a full grooming session, there’s a quick way to clean your pooch. Baking soda will not only clean and help her smell better, it will add a bit of shine to that coat, too.
Give your pooch a nice thorough brushing before you bathe him. The brush will remove dead hair, loose undercoat hair, dirt and any other random stuff that is stuck in your dog’s coat. It also makes it easier to get the baking soda down to his skin.
Dampen a washcloth and wipe down your dog’s face and nose. Use a slightly damp cotton ball for each eye, starting on the inside and working your way out.
Use a damp washcloth to clean her paws and any other area that needs extra cleaning, such as a dried mud spot on her hindquarters.
Sprinkle the baking soda all over your dog’s coat except on her face, particularly around the nose and eyes.
Gently massage the baking soda into her coat with your fingertips. Start just behind the ears and work your way back and down the legs. Let the stuff sit on her coat for a few minutes to allow it to absorb doggie odors that are present.
Give her another good brushing to remove the baking soda. You can also use a towel or your hands to rub the excess powder out of her coat.
Items You Will Need
- Dog brush
- Cotton balls
- Baking soda
- Paw Rescue: Bathing and Shampooing Your Dog
- Dog Grooming for Dummies; Margaret H. Bonham
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