Giving a Dog a Bath? 7 Essential Products

There are two types of pup parents: those who warmly bathe their little love nuggets in the sink, perhaps with some lavender soap and Enya playing in the background. And then there are the rest of us. Whether your pupper is part merdog or you’re thinking of installing chains in your bathtub (no judgment), here are 7 products to help make giving a dog a bath either A. more enjoyable, or B. more bearable. 

1. A personalized dog towel because it’s really only socially acceptable for one of you to smell like dog.

Gray towel with green embroidered pawprints and text that reads "Chip."
Unique13Studio on Etsy

100% cotton, super soft, and customizable not only with your derg’s name but also 14 different color scheme options. Perfect gift for a new pup parent!

Get it on Etsy for $21.70.

2. A foldable bathing tub because no one likes sharing.

Pug sitting in collapsible dog pool wearing a pink bathing cap and blue neck towel.

Don’t want to share your tub with your hairy beast? We don’t blame you; that hair gets EVERYWHERE. This bath tub can be easily set up in your bathroom, on your patio, or outside—and has a drain spout for easy draining and is foldable to fit in closets or behind doors when you’re done.

Get it at Petco starting at $49.95.

3. This tearless puppy shampoo because NO ONE should make your baby cry.

A white bottle of Maxbone Tearless Puppy Shampoo

This hypoallergenic shampoo is actually soap-free (that’s how they ensure no tears!), but don’t worry—doggo will still definitely get clean. Use as often as you need, without worrying about stripping the coat! 

Get it at maxbone for $22.

4. A lick mat or two because if you’re getting me wet, you BETTER be giving me peanut butter while you’re doing it.

Doberman licking a blue peanut butter lick mat that is stuck to a tiled wall.

If your floofer is like my floofer, she loves food more than she hates baths. Use that preference to your advantage when it’s time to clean up! Spread peanut butter on one of these lick mats and stick on any clean surface. This 2-pack even comes with it’s own spreading spatula!

Get it on Amazon for $11.97.

5. A pet wand attachment, because who’s to say it’s just a bath, and not a spa?

Chocolate Lab smiling while being rinsed off with a handheld shower attachment.

The underbelly is the hardest part, am I right? This shower head attachment is designed for a one-handed bath (the other will be firmly holding your four-legged friend in place), and is made specifically to get all angles of their body. 

Get it on Amazon $36.86.

6. These swimming fish toys to distract and delight your puppo (and any feline siblings he may have as well).

A Corgi and a gray cat next to a pool with electronic fish toys.

These light-up little friends provide endless entertainment for a floof who needs just that! Turn ‘em on and off, and see their little tails move so they actually “swim!” And in case someone gets a little carried away…don’t worry, they’re non-toxic. 

Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

7. A quiet pet hair dryer because the hardest/scariest part of bath time shouldn’t actually be after bath time is over.

A black and brown Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being dried off with a whisper-quiet dryer brush.

Who wouldn’t be terrified of a giant, load contraption blowing hot air at your head and body? No wonder this is often the most traumatic part of bath time. This whisper-quiet dryer ensures less terror from your little princess, and is a two-in-one blow dryer AND brush, so you don’t have to do that weird dance of “which hand holds which appliance.”

Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

Featured photo: Isabela Kronemberger

What are your favorite products for giving a dog a bath? Bark at us in the comments and be sure to tag #SidewalkDog in all those tub time pics!

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