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Bathing the Dog

First, groom your dog to rid its coat of any mats or knots. Bathing will not remove these and in fact will worsen them. Plug its ears with cotton to prevent water in the ears. To prevent soap-burn in the eye, smear the eye area with a little vaseline, or administer a drop of mineral oil in each eye.

Place your dog on a non-skid mat and pour warm water over the dog's entire body. Lather up the body first, then the head. Use both hands when lathering the head and make sure no soapy water gets into the eyes or mouth. Rinse the head first, then the rest of the body. Any soap left on the body may cause irritation to the skin. Thuroughly towel dry the dog and then use a hair drier set on warm, not hot.