Dirty Dog? Dr. Z Helps You Clean Him Up!

From the ASPCA News Alert:  http://www.aspca.org/News/National/National-News-Detail.aspx?NDate=20110415&NType=National#News4

While some dogs light up at the mention of bath time, many others would rather do just about anything than receive a good scrubbing—and plenty of pet parents put off bathing their dogs because they think the process is more complicated than it really is.

If canine cleansing is a source of stress in your household, you’ll want to read the “7-Minute Solution” column in this Sunday’s Parade magazine: It’s a concise how-to on bathing your dog penned by ASPCA Science Advisor Dr. Stephen Zawistowski (we just call him Dr. Z, and you can too!).

Here’s a sneak peek at tips one and three:

  • Do a Trial Run: It’s a good idea to “practice” a few times first: Put your dog in a tub without water, give her a treat, and then take her out. This will get her comfortable with the process.
  • Brush Up: Do a quick brushing [before bathing] to remove as much loose hair as possible.

You can also see the full article on the Parade magazine’s website today to read the entire piece online. And if your pooch is particularly terrified of the tub, visit the ASPCA’s Virtual Pet Behaviorist for more specific bath-time advice.


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