How to Wash a Dog with Sensitive Skin

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When it comes to giving your pet a bath, it may seem like anyone can do it and that may be true, like most things anyone can attempt to do it. Anyone can spray some water on your pet and lather them with soap but a professional can always do it best. That’s why so many pet owners bring their dogs to groomers, they get the job done and they do it right.

How to Wash a Dog

I used to wash my dog in the bathtub, using a large cup to rinse all of the soap off. This method was time-consuming, always hurt my back, and not very effective. It’s hard to get a good lather going with that type of low water pressure.

Another issue I had was finding the right products at my local pet store. It seems that even when I didn’t have to worry about sensitive skin, the products were really harsh and at times caused my dog to have a reaction. Now that I have a dog who seems to react to most products, I really have a hard time finding the perfect shampoo.

How to Wash a Dog

If your dog has sensitive skin, it can be hard to find the right products to use without causing irritation. The next issue you may run into is that some of the products meant for washing dogs with sensitive skin, struggle to actually clean them. It’s best to find a product that is the perfect combination of both, sensitive and powerful.

When I became a dog groomer, I learned a few tricks that helped me bathe dogs the right way. I was surprised at how much easier it was to bathe my dog when using the right tools and products. Now I am excited to share what I learned and help you learn how to wash a dog with sensitive skin and see what products work best to get the job done right, without irritating their sensitive skin.

How to wash a dog

The first step in learning how to wash a dog properly is getting the right products to get the job done right. You need to have a handheld sprayer with a decent amount of pressure. This is the only way to get the proper lather going and to make sure that your pet is rinsed off completely when done washing.

The next step is to find the perfect shampoo for your pet and if they have sensitive skin, John Paul Pet has you covered.

How to Wash a Dog

John Paul Pet offers a full line of products to meet all of the needs of you pets, no matter what they may be. If your pet has sensitive skin, the Oatmeal Shampoo  is the perfect way to make sure your pet is clean without worrying about irritating their skin.

Another thing to keep in mind when you are dealing with pets with sensitive skin is to make sure you are not over bathing them. Once a month should be often enough for most dogs to be bathed. If your dog needs a little freshening up in between baths, a good way to take care of it without having to wash them again is with Body and Paw Wipes. 

How to Wash a Dog

They will allow you to spot clean without having to give your dog another bath. Bathing your dog too often puts them at a higher risk for drying out their skin and causing irritations, especially if they already have sensitive skin. Spot cleaning with the body & paw wipes is a great way to keep them clean in between baths.

Another great way to keep your pet smelling and looking their best in between baths is with the Wild Ginger Shine Spray from John Paul Pet. This botanical conditioning spray moisturizes dull, dry fur while adding brilliant, lustrous shine. It leaves your pet with a light and refreshing ginger fragrance and adds a bit of moisture, which is perfect for dry, sensitive skin.

How to Wash a Dog

One more way to keep your pet clean in between monthly baths is to brush them regularly. If your pet enjoys brushings, do a light brushing daily. If your pet struggles with sitting still for regular brushing, offer them treats and start out with a couple of minutes at a time. As they get used to it, increase the amount of time depending on their needs.

I hope you have learned how to wash your dog with sensitive skin and can use these tips to keep them clean in between baths. Don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win, the John Paul Pet Products seen in this post. Tell a friend and share this post on social media so your friends can enter too!

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22 thoughts on “How to Wash a Dog with Sensitive Skin”

  1. I have a chihuahua named Biscuit, we got him when he was a puppy. He is very smart and playful. I love him so much!

  2. I have two wonderful cats. I would love the wet wipes and spray for them and I’d give my grandma the aatmeal shampoo for her dog.

  3. We have 2 sweet girls. Pepper is about 5 years old. We got her from a rescue when she was 3. She is the sweetest thing but doesn’t like to cuddle due to not being raised inside. She loves to give kisses though. We also have Marely who is 5 months old. We got her from the Humane Society when she was 2 months old. She is the cutest thing but tortures her big sissy. We are blessed to have them in our lives.

  4. We lost our dearly beloved third miniature schnauzer in February. We still have our baby, a senior dorkie (dachshund/yorkie hybrid).

    • Hi Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear that. My messages were stuck for some reason. Anyway, I hope time has helped you heal some, I know that heartbreak all too well. Give your dorkie some extra hugs today.

  5. I have 2 dogs. I have a chocolate lab and a black lab. They both seem to have flaky skin. The black lab seems more sensitive to things.

  6. My Havenese girl has problems with her feet. She is always licking and chewing them. I think the Oatmeal Shampoo might really help her!

  7. I have 2 beautiful doggies, Gracie and Chloe. Chloe is our 7 month old husky/hound mix and she has allergy issues. This would be wonderful for her, thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  8. Very informative entry. My new puppy has FINALLY gotten used to getting his regular baths and groomings! He’s a bichon frise so he tends to suffer from allergies. I use the oatmeal conditioning rinse in this brand and it has worked wonders plus it smells amazing!! Huey and I would love to win even more of this brand.

  9. I have two cats, adopted separately. One has been very sick for nearly 4 months, and finally just last night I received an email from the vet with the results from his latest tests. We still don’t really know what’s wrong, but I’ve decided to go ahead with medications and switching foods. I’m worried about how to pay for this, but my cats are my loves.
    Our family dog is really my mother’s dog. She was rescued from a puppy mill when she was just a little one. She keeps my mom company, and they go everywhere together. We love our pets!


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