How to clean your dog without a bath, 8 simple steps

how to clean your dog without a bath

If you want a fresh smelling dog without the water, then follow our simple steps of how to clean your dog without a bath.

Although there is no substitute for a warm soapy soak in the tub, it’s not always convenient to keep giving your dog a bath. If your dog finds bath time stressful or you have a dog that regularly likes to roll in smelly stuff, this is especially true.

So here’s our nose to tail guide of how to clean your dog without a bath.

Clean ears

Keeping your dog’s ears clean is essential. Dogs with floppy or long ears tend to be more prone to ear infections and wax build up than dogs with upright ears. With that being said, all dogs need their ears checked regularly, and cleaned if necessary.

Assuming that your dog doesn’t have an excess of earwax, gently wiping any dirt or debris from the ear flap and just inside the ear is often all you need to do.

If your dog does have a build up of wax in their ears, then you have a choice of the type cleaner available. Some are designed to break up excess wax while others are designed to dry out any discharge.

If your dog does have any discharge or there is an unpleasant smell in your dog’s ears do get it checked out by your vet. Ear Infections are common and can be painful for your dog.

Otherwise be very gentle. Never poke anything down your dog’s ears and always follow any instructions carefully, dog’s ears are extremely sensitive.

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Clean eyes

Ensuring that your dog’s eyes are clear of mucus is the best way to prevent eye infections. Some dogs such as Cocker spaniels, poodles and some terrier breeds are also prone to tear stains.

Certain dog breeds lack the ability to drain tears from the tear duct in the corner of the eyes, so they spill over the lower lashes instead. Not only does this cause unsightly staining but it can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Using products specially formulated for the sensitive eye area is a convenient and gentle way of keeping dogs eyes clean.

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Clean teeth

Not only is doggy breath unpleasant, but it can also indicate dental issues. Keeping your dog’s teeth and gums clean and healthy is vital. After all, they are an essential tool in our dog’s toolkit.

There are several ways you can do this. Cleaning your dog’s teeth with a specially designed toothbrush and toothpaste is by far the best way. However, not all dogs are keen on having their teeth cleaned.

If you have a dog that objects strongly to the idea of brushing, there are alternative ways of keeping their teeth clean that may be better for your relationship!

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Clean paws

Our dogs may not need a bath that often.  But there is one part of them that gets particularly grubby.

Dirty paws are a pain. Not only are furry feet difficult to keep clean but all that mud and dirt has to go somewhere.

Unfortunately, a lot of the dirt carried in on our dog’s feet gets spread over our floors, onto our dog’s bed and is trampled over any other surface our dog decides to walk on.

Since we can’t take our dog’s shoes off when they come into the house from outside, we need a convenient and practical way of keeping them clean.

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Clean coat, the basics

Never underestimate the power of a giving your dog a good brush. Not only does brushing remove debris, dirt and dead fur. It can also help prevent matting that may cause discomfort and skin irritation.

Brushing your dog is also a great way to check for lumps and bumps and unwelcome house guests like ticks and fleas.

A weekly brush is often enough for dogs with short coats, whereas longer coat breeds may need a daily groom. Picking the right brush for your dog’s coat is crucial.

Generally speaking, brushes can fall into one of three categories:

  • Slicker brushes

Slicker brushes are great for removing knots and tangles. Useful for Yorkies, terriers with wiry coats and dogs with short coats.

  • Bristle brushes

Bristle brushes are versatile and are suitable for most coat types. With different density and length of bristles, they can be used on most dogs.

For longer coats look for a brush that has longer bristles more widely spaced apart and for wiry or more coarse coats opt for a brush that has shorter stiffer bristles more closely spaced.

  • Wire-pin brushes

Wire pin brushed are perfect for dogs with medium to long hair or woolly coats and are available with or without rubber tipped ends.

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We can’t leave without a special mention of the FURminator that has come a long way since it burst onto the scene. It now comes in a variety of sizes and length of teeth making it much more versatile than it once was.

If your dog has an undercoat and is a heavy shedder, then the FURminator does a fantastic job of removing the dead undercoat.

If your dog has a single coat, then the FURminator may not be the best option for you.

Clean coat, advanced

There are times when a quick brush just isn’t enough to keep your dog clean and smelling sweet. So dry or no-rinse shampoos are a great idea to keep in our cupboard.

They may not clean your dog as thoroughly as a good soak in the tub, but they do a good job in between trips to the bath and are great for those dogs who roll regularly and require frequent cleaning.

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Emergency clean

There are just some days where your dog isn’t on the same page as you. You’ve got a thousand and one things to do before your in-laws come over, and your dog has decided to disgrace themselves with a bit of rolling.

If you find yourself faced with an emergency clean up job and don’t have time for a proper clean, don’t despair.

Pet wipes and scented sprays are available when you have to get rid of a nasty smell, and you’re in a rush.

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Clean up

Even when your dog is clean and smelling like a pampered pooch, you may still need to do a bit of clean up in the house and garden.

Have you gone ‘nose-blind?’ We may not notice that special ‘canine aroma’ in our homes, but if you have invited a non-dog owning friend over they will almost certainly notice it – especially if your dog has had any accidents!

Keeping your dog’s bedding fresh is the best way to avoid nasty smells in the home. If you also clean up any outside areas of unwanted mess, this will go a long way towards eliminating any unpleasant odours from coming in.

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How to clean your dog without a bath

There you have it, eight simple ways of keeping your dog clean and smelling sweet without ever having to turn on a tap.

While all of these tips will ensure your dog is as clean as they can be without soap and water, you may still have to take the plunge at least once a year. If you can’t bathe your dog yourself, think about investing in a groomer occasionally.

A clean smelling dog is a joy, so consider it as a pampering for you as well as your dog.

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