How to Properly Wash Your Dog's Paws
After a Walk?
When the autumn slush begins or the snow melts, the owners face the question of the hygiene of their pets' paws. After active walks, the dog needs clean pads to move freely around the apartment or house. You can take a small dog in your arms and wash his paws under the tap. But with a dog of medium and large size, this will not work.
Why wash your dog’s paws after a walk?
Washing your dog’s paws after a walk should be as necessary for your dog as feeding or brushing.
- On dirty paws, a dog can bring home ticks and various infections that are dangerous both for it and for people.
- Road reagents sprinkled on roads in winter can cause irritation and allergies.
- The dog can injure the paw pads, drive a splinter under the skin. If you wash its paws after each walk, it is necessary to check the integrity of the skin.
- Washing removes chemicals that the animal can pick up from the gasoline puddles and prevent poisoning.
How to properly wash your paws?
Usually, owners use a basin to wash their paws in medium to large breed dogs. So that the pet does not get nervous and gets used to this procedure, you should follow a few simple rules:
- Before washing, you should carefully examine the pads for wounds or foreign bodies.
- Put a basin and a rag near the front door, lay a rubber mat, put a dry towel next to it.
- Check the water temperature. It should be cool in winter and warm in summer.
- Use a washing sponge that saves shampoo.
- First wash the front legs, wipe off the soiled belly, and then proceed to the hind legs. If the dog is washing in the bathroom, you need to alternately immerse his paws in the water.
- It is best to dry the paws with a microfiber towel.
Some dogs can wear outdoor booties or slippers. This will be the best preventive measure, and you will not have to torment the dog by washing the limbs every time. The pet must learn to wash its paws from puppyhood. You will need patience to get used to this process. You can train your dog to touch by rubbing its paws with a dry towel and rewarding it with goodies.
The main mistakes when washing paws
Every owner needs to know what mistakes happen when washing a pet's paws.
- The water is too hot or cold. It is necessary to select the optimal temperature so that the dog is pleasant and at the same time, all street dirt can be washed off.
- You are not using a scrubbing sponge. It is needed to eliminate pathogenic microbes from sensitive pads and folds of the skin. Using a sponge, you can wash out the smallest cracks in your pet's paws.
- Washing the paws with water without aids. For daily washing, be sure to use dog shampoo.However, if your pet is prone to allergies, then the shampoo should be hypoallergenic.
- You scold your dog when you wash. The animal must be accustomed to this procedure gradually if the dog has a persistent dislike of water. You can't shout at her, use physical violence. It is better to shorten the time of water procedures or after a walk, wipe her paws with wet wipes or a rag for a while.
After bathing, be sure to praise your dog, stroke him, treat him with a treat. Thus, he will have a pleasant association with the paw washing procedure, which will not cause any problems in the future.
With love to your dogs, DogRook!
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