Grooming your terrier is essential to keeping him healthy and looking his best! It’s also a great way for you to bond with your terrier. It is important to develop a trusting relationship with your terrier, so that grooming will be a pleasant experience for both of you. One good, and healthy, way to strenghten your relationship is terrier bathing …
Getting Your Terrier Used to Bathing
The temperature of the water is important, the water should be neither too cold or too hot. You can check the temperature by using your wrist – it should feel slightly warmer than the skin on the inside of your wrist.
Some terriers take to the water right away while others are much more reluctant. To help a reluctant puppy, keep a hold of him and talk soothingly to him, to give him a sense of security and to ease his mind about the new surrounding. Make sure to praise him for being a good dog! Slowly with one hand always touching the puppy use your other hand to scoop some of the water up and on to your puppy. When you can see that he is becoming more comfortable start by letting him stand in the water for a moment without the comfort of your hands, but be sure to stay close and constantly reassure him that you are there and he is safe. When your puppy becomes confident enough to stand on his own in the tub without trying to jump out he is ready for terrier bathing!
Terrier Bathing - Shampoo
Choosing the right shampoo for your terrier is important, most pet stores carry a wide variety.
If you have noticed your terrier has been itching – Check for fleas or mites and use a shampoo designed to kill and prevent the bugs. If your dog has been itching but you do not see fleas or mites try using a shampoo that will calm dry irritated skin, such as an oatmeal based shampoo. You should always consult your vet if you are unsure of what shampoo to use, or before buying any strong/medical one!
When your terrier bathing adventure has finished, use a towel to remove the excess water, a hairdryer can also be used. Make sure that you don’t set the hairdrayer on a too high heat level though if you use this option!
No matter what type of terrier you have they all love a good brushing after a nice bath. This helps to prevent tangles and matting in the longer haired breeds, and brushing is a nice welcome treat after the bath!