How to Shower Your Dog


Giving your dog a shower instead of a bath relives you from lifting a large dog into a tub, and it allows older dogs who cannot get into a tub anymore to walk into the shower. A shower also contains the inevitable water shake after the bath to keep your bathroom clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Shower mat
  • Thick towel (optional)
  • Brush
  • Cotton balls
  • Large cup
  • Damp washcloth
  • Dog shampoo
  • Dog conditioner (optional)
  • Towels
  • Blow dryer (optional)
  • Dog treats

Step 1

Place a shower mat or a thick towel in the bottom of your shower. This gives your dog stability so he doesn't slip in the shower.

Step 2

Place all of your bathing supplies within reach. Call your dog to you and brush him thoroughly. Run the water until it is lukewarm.


  • Removing tangles and loose hair before a bath reduces the amount of hair your dog sheds during a bath. Dogs with curly coats especially benefit from this because curly tangles become tighter in water.

Step 3

Place cotton balls gently in your dog's ears. This practice prevents water from entering his ears and possibly causing an ear infection. If your dog is visibly upset by having something in his ears, skip this step, but be careful not to get water in his ears.

Step 4

Wet a washcloth and wring it out so it is damp. Wash your dog's face and head with the washcloth.

Step 5

Lead your dog into the shower. Bathe your dog with shampoo from the front shoulders down and back toward his tail. Work the shampoo into a lather while giving him a massage.

Step 6

Rinse the shampoo off thoroughly with a detachable shower head or a large cup, being careful to keep shampoo and water out of your dog's eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

Step 7

Follow the directions on your doggy conditioner bottle to apply it to his coat and reduce the amount of tangles in his hair. Some products stay on for a few minutes and then you rinse them out, others are leave-in conditioners that do not need to be rinsed out.

Step 8

Turn the water in the shower off. Your dog most likely will give himself a big shake. This is the part of the shower that works best so he doesn't get water all over the bathroom.

Step 9

Dry your dog's coat thoroughly with towels. If you normally blow dry your dog's coat, turn on the dryer at the lowest heat setting and do not point the airflow into his face.

Step 10

Brush your dog again to remove any hair that loosened in the shower and keep it from falling into your house.

Step 11

Give your dog some tasty treats for being cooperative during a bath.


  • You may need to lure your dog into the shower for a bath with treats if he doesn't really like it.

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