Thursday, 1 December 2016

The art of bathing

I don't know how many of you wonderful readers has owned or even encountered an English Springer spaniel.. If you haven't let me tell you this,you don't tend to see many shiny sparkly clean ones.
They have this special talent of looking shiny on the outside but under that glossy coat is inches of dust and mud and those incredibly annoying sticky bud things.

I know the art of bathing your dog can be quite controversial as to if you should,  when you should and such. So I think I might refrain from saying the frequency of the de-mudding and just say our routine.

 Floppy ear club :
We use something called water wipes to clean inside his ears.  It really is so important to make sure they stay clean as we leant first hand. Spaniels are very prone to infections if you don't check them.

Sleepy eyes :
We always make sure with the water wipes (or cotton wool and water)  to wash underneath his eyes and remove all sleep.

Brush brush and brush again:
Oh my goodness those tangles.  I personally think it is so important to brush your pup each day to prevent tangles and matted hair. It also can be a lovely bonding time for you and your pawsome buddy.

Monkey life:
I genuinely feel like a monkey when I have to do this  after each walk I have to go through bilbos ears and feathering and remove those really incredibly annoying sticky things made by Satan just to stick to your pup!!

The power of a wet wipe:
The magical wonderful things.  I actually wet wipe bilbos paws before he enters the house as I don't really enjoy paw prints on my cream sofa ( I know terrible choice in colour).

A good hose down:
I would say I have to do this a ridiculous amount of times a week. Sometimes a wet wipe can't get all that dirt out and when your dog likes to get cosy in your bed muddy dogs aren't the best.

Bath :
I made the foolish mistake of asking on a Facebook page about how many times a month do people wash there pups. Oh my gosh golly goodness was there heat!  one woman even wrote me a private message saying that you wouldn't see a dog walking down to the river with a bar of soap in the wild so they clearly don't need to wash....
I don't really agree as dogs are domesticated now but that's an entire post on its own.
When we do give bilbo a bath we use pethead life's an itch.

I hope that you enjoyed my post more than bilbo enjoys a bath.


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