How to Give a Dog a Waterless Bath

Some dogs just don't like to get into that tub.
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Let’s face it -- some dogs are downright chicken when it comes to getting a bath. Although you can smell him a mile away, he’s probably content smelling like a trash can. It can be quite the traumatic experience wrestling your resistant, trembling pooch into the tub for a little rub-a-dub. You would probably end up more wet and clean than he would anyway. Use a waterless bath on the little guy instead.

Step 1

Brush your dog’s coat thoroughly before giving him his waterless bath. This will help to remove any dirt or random debris that he’s gotten into. It will also help loosen any tangles in his fur. Then you can work the solution in better to get the most out of this experience.

Step 2

Use a damp cloth to wipe down his paws. Wipe his eye area with a damp cotton ball, starting by the nose and working your way out. Use a new cotton ball for each eye.

Step 3

Read the waterless bath product’s instructions and warnings thoroughly before beginning. Apply the waterless spray, powder or foam to your pooch. Start at the head area and work your way back toward the tail and down the legs. You will find a wide assortment of different waterless bath products at pet stores and online, varying in price and scents.

Step 4

Brush your dog regularly to keep him from getting a dirt and debris buildup in his coat. Do this at least once a week. More frequent brushing is required of dogs with coats that are prone to tangles and mats.


  • Instead of purchasing a waterless bath product, sprinkle some baking soda on your dog's coat to help remove excess oil and odor. Rub it into his skin and then brush it out.

Items You Will Need

  • Slicker brush
  • Wash clothes
  • Cotton balls
  • Warm water
  • Waterless bath