How to Get Stains Out of Dog Fur

Keeping stains out of a dog's fur can keep the pet healthy.
Keeping stains out of a dog's fur can keep the pet healthy. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Stains in a dog's fur can be unsightly and even dangerous for the dog, depending on the type of stain. Getting stubborn stains out requires some elbow grease and a couple different products to really strip the hazards and discolorations out of the fur. Make sure the dog is calm during the cleaning process, as a dog that shakes too often when wet will rarely get a deep and complete scrubbing.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet dog shampoo
  • Dog hair brush
  • Dog scrub brush
  • 5 to 10 dry towels
  • Dry dog shampoo

Brush the dog's hair normally to remove larger particles of dirt or debris. Make sure the dog is calm. Lead the dog into a full bathtub. Pet the dog and make sure it becomes acclimated to the water.

Add a generous amount of dog shampoo to the water. Use the scrub brush to mix up the water until it becomes full of suds. Collect the suds on the brush and begin to gently wash the fur of the dog in slow movements. Concentrate on the stained area of dog fur. Apply slightly more pressure to stained area, but do not be rough with the animal.

Apply more dog shampoo directly to the stained area. Use the scrub brush to work the stain out of the fur. Rinse off the dog with luke-warm water. Dry off the dog with several clean, dry towels.

Apply dry dog shampoo to stained area, if the stain is persistent.

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