Bathing

Generally, dogs do not need to be bathed as often as humans. Brushing can rid the coat of dirt, dander, and dead hair, so your boxer needs to be bathed on average of about once per month, depending on how dirty he is getting. Certainly, he should be bathed if he gets mud, dust, or anything noxious on his coat. Bathing is essential for healthy skin and the shiny coat that is the boxer's hallmark.

To ensure that your boxer is good about being bathed, you need to start with him when he is just a little pup. If all he knows is a nice warm bath with soapy water and a shower or bath surface that has secure footing, your little boxer will grow up thinking that baths are okay experiences — or even fun ones! On the other hand, if you take your boxer out to the back yard and hose him down with cold water, he will probably come to hate being bathed, and you will struggle with him every time he needs a bath.

To bathe your boxer, first make sure he is completely wet. Then apply a thin line of shampoo along his spine and a dollop on the front of his chest. Then add a little more water, and lather his entire body. Work it in well, lightly scratching your fingers through the coat and massaging as you go so that every square inch of his body is soapy.

Never use human soap products on your boxer. These products can be damaging to your boxer's coat, removing the protective oils. Only use shampoos or products made especially for dogs. There is such a wide variety of these products that you are sure to find something that will meet your boxer's needs. There is everything from medicated shampoos to shampoos with oatmeal conditioners, extra shine, and flea repellents.

When you are done with that, you might want to squirt some soap on your boxer's paws and take a brush to the pads of his feet. Dogs' feet get even dirtier than yours do when you walk around barefoot. Additionally, all dogs sweat through the pads on their feet. Thoroughly cleaning the paws will help your dog perspire more efficiently.

When you are done with his paws, while the suds are still standing on his coat, wash your boxer's head and face. You don't want shampoo dripping into your boxer's eyes while you shampoo the rest of him. Gently wash his head, flews, the folds under his eyes, and the areas above his snout and under her chin. Be sure to take a warm cloth and gently rub his nose to clean off any leftover food residue. Remember that bathing is a great opportunity to check for lumps and bumps, so don't ignore that opportunity. When you are done lathering your boxer's head, check his ears, and wash them out with a cloth as well.

Once your boxer has been thoroughly washed, he needs an equally thorough rinse. Shampoo left on the coat can be irritating to his skin, so be very sure that his entire body, feet, head, and ears have been thoroughly rinsed before you dry him off.

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