Dog Bathing-Bathing your Greyhound
When it comes to dog bathing and using the bathtub, it is important to remember to put down none-slip mats or wet towels. When the surface is less slippery it creates less stress during the bath and your Greyhound will be more inclined to get in the tub the next time. Many Greyhounds become very relaxed when being bathed and may lean on you. They may even fall over, so please make sure you have a firm grip on your Greyhound during dog bathing. If the water is too hot they can faint so it is important to use lukewarm water.
If you’d rather do your dog bathing outside get a couple buckets of warm water from the house, use one for washing and a couple for rinsing. Greyhounds do not have enough body fat to regulate their body temperature very well in hot or cold water so do not use the garden hose. Be sure to dry your dog off quickly so he doesn't get chilled. If you start them when they are young some Greyhounds even like to be dried with a blow dryer. Rub most of the water off with a towel first and be careful not to hold the dryer too close to their skin or hold it too long in one place - lightly from a distance works best. Your Greyhound can learn to love this especially in cold weather.
How often you do your dog bathing really depends on how dirty your greyhound gets and if they have any allergies. Greyhounds have very little oil in their skin making their ‘doggie odor’ very minimal. Usually a bath every 6 months is more than enough to keep your Greyhound clean. Remember to gently place a dry cotton ball in each ear to keep water out.
Use a gentle, conditioning, dog bathing shampoo on your Greyhound, and remember to rinse thoroughly. Rinse, rinse and when you think you have rinsed sufficiently then rinse him again - because the soapy residue can be very irritating to your Greyhound's skin. Remember always dry your Greyhound completely so they do not get chilled.
A cotton ball moistened with eye drops can remove any stains around the eyes and you can apply a natural, gentle, skin cream to the elbow calluses. The final appearance of your Greyhound can often be improved using a final coat conditioner (the type applied AFTER the bath). Use sparingly and rub lightly into the coat and then gently brush. But make sure it is a natural kind with natural ingredients as chemicals can cause irritation and rashes, depending on your dog's sensitivity.
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