When I worked in animal shelters, one of the biggest questions I would get asked was: “does the dog get groomed before I bring her/him home?”
And the answer is….NO!
Private rescues are different, but when you’re dealing with most City/County shelters, they just don’t have the time or money to send each animal to be cleaned prior to him/her coming home! So that’s where you come in…
That first bath is important because it can be a bonding experience or a very traumatic experience. I recommend that first bath be performed by you and at home. Grooming salons are awesome, but let your dog settle in for a few days before bringing them to another location where they’ll be left with another stranger!
Below are a few items I like to use to cut down on the stress of that first bath….
1-Bath Tethers! These handy dandy gizmos suction cup to the sides of your bathtub and help hold your animal in place. They basically act as a second set of hands, so you can do the dirty work and finish quickly!
2- Woof Pouf!
These loofah like sponges have soap beads inside of them and allow you to scrub, soap and clean your dog with one hand!
3- Pet Nozzle with soap dispenser!
When you’re searching for a perfect pet nozzle, look for one that allows you to dispense soap and water at the same time! This one required a trip to the hardware store so I could find the proper adapter to make it work to my garden hose, but it was definitely worth it
Why use a towel when you can give a hug???
This towel comes in a couple different sizes and has removable mitts that are easy to wash!