Giving your pet the attention and cleaning they need is a priority, especially if you own a dog. But bathing your dog is not always easy. Most dogs hate the thought of jumping into a tub of water and having soap all over their back and neck, and that includes Pomskies. Sometimes giving up and giving the job to a professional groomer is a wise choice. Even if you do end up paying for a groomer, you know that the next time your dog will need another bath is around the corner. Is it possible to make bath time easy and fun for your dog? Well, let's find out. Training your dog commands like sit and stay will help when bath time comes around.
Items you will need
Gather the following suggested items into your bathroom before you begin bathing your dog. If you are not prepared, you are allowing your Pomsky to drag wet soapy water around the house and that's never fun. All of these items are required in order to bath your Pomsky the best most efficient way possible.
Get your Dog Ready
It is always wise to have your dog prepared and ready when you start the bath, and that means clipping your dog's nails and brushing its hair. If you cut your dog's nails before the bath, it will help so that you don't get hurt badly if they try to escape.
Wear clothing that you are not planning on wearing again, ones that can be ruined. You can now begin to bring your Pomsky into the bathroom or room you plan on bathing your dog in. Practice a few commands with your dog and give it a few praises before you make it enter the tub. If your Pomsky does not know any commands yet, that is okay. You can praise your Pomsky for other things they do. After this, you will help your dog enter the tub. Make sure that the water is not too hot and not too cold. You will also want your Pomsky to be able to hear and feel the water before it begins its bath.
Slowly and gently begin to help your dog enter the tub. If your Pomsky persists, you can start by entering the tub first to show your dog everything is okay. Once your Pomsky is in the tub, start by rubbing its shoulders and back. Gently pour shampoo on the coat, making sure you do not get it any on your dog's head yet. While you are rubbing your dog's fur, you can slowly rub shampoo onto the head and ears. Be very cautious and try not to get any shampoo in its eyes. You will also want to put cotton balls into your Pomskies ears to help so that water does not get inside (remove them when done). If you put a few drops of mineral oil in your dog's eyes, it will help so that they don't get irritated as much. You can apply the mineral oil each time you think your Pomsky has gotten some soap into its eyes. After covering your Pomskies coat with shampoo and soap, you can rinse it off using a bowl, cup or Shower-head. Make sure you remove all soap so that your Pomsky doesn't have to deal with irritated skin later.
After you are done giving your Pomsky a bath you will start to dry its fur and coat. Get a towel and begin to rub and dry your dog's coat. If your Pomsky has longer fur, you will want to use a blow dryer on low to help. Once you are done with that, you may have a lot of fur leftover on your bathroom floor; that's okay. It's better kept in the bathroom than in other areas of the house. Most of the time after a dog has been given a bath; they will feel fresh and rejuvenated and may start to act hyper or run around the house for a bit. This is normal and usually doesn't cause damage unless your Pomsky hasn't been dried off yet.
Tips to make bathing your Pomsky easier
Bring a friend
If you've ever tried bathing a dog before you know that it can get hectic really fast and super stressful. Having a friend that can hold your dog and help it to stay still longer will make a world of difference.
Get your water at the right temperature
If water is too hot or cold, it may shock your dog and be harder in the future to try to bath them again. Water should be warmer than room temperature but colder than your regular baths.
Massage your dog
If you make your Pomsky feel relaxed and happy, it will be much more comfortable in the future to bath your dog again. Dogs love being scratched and given a massage. Make it comfortable and stress-free for your Pomsky.
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When you are doing your best to keep your Pomsky clean and fresh there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Keeping your Pomskies skin and coat healthy means regular cleaning but that can be tough. Minimize your Pomskies coat problems by becoming aware of your Pomskies requirements. You can follow these essential guidelines:
Bathing Your Pomsky
Bathing your Pomsky too often can remove some essential body oils. Daily baths are not practical or advised. It is, however, advised to give your Pomsky a bath once every 3 weeks.
What do you do if your Pomsky becomes dirty within those 3 weeks (which is highly likely)? Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to keep your Pomsky looking clean and smelling nice in-between its baths. Many of the methods to keep a Pomsky clean also have added benefits that contribute to good health, so this is definitely a win-win.
Brushing Your Pomsky
Make sure to brush your Pomskies coat every 2 to 3 days. This will help keep your Pomsky clean by removing any dirt and debris that get stuck to their fur. This will also remove any dead hairs and which will help your dog continue to smell fresh. Dead hairs that remain in the coat can be coated in with body oils, and if not removed will start to smell. Pomskies shed quite a lot and therefore should be maintained regularly. If your Pomsky has medium to long hair, a pin brush with polished tips will work well. If your Pomsky has a short puppy cut, a lightly compacted bristle brush is the way to go.
Cleaning Your Pomskies Ears
The Pomsky breed has pointy ears that put them at an advantage compared to other dogs with droopy ears but keeping them maintained is still crucial. Make sure to clean out your Pomskies ears 2 to 3 times a week because excess wax can accumulate fast. Below are a couple of different options for keeping your Pomskies ears clean.
1. Regular use of ear wipes.
With a good ear wipe, you can keep your pomskies ears clean before any wax or dirt make it down into the ear canal. You may wonder if you can use a general grooming wipe for this; but, there are 2 main reasons that ear wipes are preferred over general wipes:
1) Wipes designed specifically for the ears contain witch hazel which is ideal to clean the ears
2) These wipes are only semi-damp and therefore do not introduce unwanted moisture into the ears which can lead to infections.
Every other day or at least once per week, take an ear wipe for each ear and clean the entire inner ear (try not to push too far down into the canal).
2. Use an ear cleanser.
This is a liquid that flushes out the ear canal. If your Pomsky is prone to ear infections, cleaning the ear canals every 2 to 3 weeks with a quality ear cleanser can be quite beneficial.
Place a few drops into the entrance of the ear canal, massage the base of the ear for 1 minute, and then use a clean piece of gauze, a cotton ball, or an ear wipe to swipe up any goop that comes out.
Cleaning Your Pomskies Face
Using Eye wipes is an excellent way to wash your Pomskies face and get rid of any burgers attached to their fur. Baths alone are often not enough to reduce facial staining. Most stains on the face occur under the eyes and around the nose and mouth. In order to decrease facial staining, it is wise to wash your Pomskies face with a face wipe or cleanser.
Most of the stains around the eyes are due to conditions including additives in food, allergies, or partially blocked tear ducts. Even natural tears can stain hairs if a dog drinks tap water that contains a high mineral count. If your Pomsky is eating kibble that contains artificial coloring, or eating or drinking from vividly painted plastic bowls those may also cause stains as well.
You can reduce stains by buying kibble that has no artificial coloring, use only stainless steel or ceramic bowls. Make sure you also have any additional allergies or unnecessary tearing diagnosed and managed. Do not feed your dog any unfiltered tap water. Besides the possibility of extensive mineral content, tap water contains hundreds of contaminants. It even contains traces of prescription medicine and known carcinogens. Instead of using tap water, use bottled spring water or invest in a filtering method. Another way to reduce stains is by routinely wiping you Pomsky’s face. Using a fresh wipe each time, swipe over and around the eyes, as well as down the cheeks, around the mouth, and over the chin if needed.