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What Do You Call a Really Quick Dog Bath?

A cowboy bath!

This quickie dog bath is amazing for dogs of all ages and is fantastic for touch-ups and maintenance between groomings or full baths.


This down-and-dirty life hack will help you keep a cleaner dog and, therefore, a cleaner house, especially when the weather has left us with mud or clay for the pups to play in! Busy households and multidog families love cowboy baths.


Follow these tried and true pro tips on quickly bathing your pups.

  1. Grab the supplies. You'll need a towel, a microfiber washcloth, dog shampoo, and two bowls of warm water.

  2. Put about two squirts of the dog’s shampoo into one of the bowls of warm water and mix it in. It's important not to get the water too soapy.

  3. Place your dog on the towel and have all the other supplies within arm's reach.

  4. Swish the washcloth in the bowl to get it good and wet. Ring it out a bit so it's not dripping wet.

  5. Wipe the pup down, beginning with the face, ears, back, chest, tummy, legs and feet, private area, and finally, the bottom. Rinse the washcloth periodically in the bowl to ensure it's clean.

  6. Once done, rinse the washcloth out with clean water to remove the soap.

  7. "Rinse" the dog by rubbing him or her down in the same manner with the fresh, non-soapy washcloth.

  8. That's it! Now you have a fresh pup! They'll likely love their cowboy bath, especially if you start young.

Not only is a cowboy bath quick and efficient, but it's also safe for sensitive skin. Giving full baths often can dry out their skin and leave them itchy and uncomfortable.


If you're active with your dogs and go on hikes or walks, wiping them down before they come into the house can be safer for the whole household by leaving allergens and germs outside where they belong.


Not only does cleaning our pups this way can help keep the white in their coats white, but it's also a wonderful way to bond with them because it's like a massage. Plus, it's a great time to examine their coats, skin, and bodies for anything out of the ordinary.


In the video below, one of our sweet puppies, my husband, and I demonstrate how to give a cowboy bath.


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