A dog’s bath will always begin with a good brushing. For a short hair dog this is the time to look for fleas or skin irritations. For long haired dogs it is a time to inspect but also to remove the tangles. A room with a door that can close is best and if you have a shower door all the better because the dog is going to shake frequently throughout the bath spraying water everywhere.
Gather all of your supplies and have them near the bathing area. Your supplies should include dog shampoo and conditioner (especially for long haired dogs), washcloths or sponges, towels (more than one, depending on the size of the dog). Begin by wetting the dog down and applying the shampoo working it to lather in the coat, rinse well. Apply the conditioner again rinsing well when finished.
Use a cloth to wash the dogs face. Begin with no soap and pay special attention to the eye area. Apply a small amount of soap for around the mouth and bread area. Rinse well, but don’t just pour water over their head use the cloth.
Towel dry when finished and brush again. Don’t be surprised if the first thing they do is roll in the grass.