Bathing Your Boston

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Those who own Boston Terriers will understand how stinky and grimy those little scrappers can get in a matter of two days. They love trash and treasures, leftovers and the content of litter boxes. But luckily, for most, Bostons love baths and thank goodness for that.

Boston Terriers have very thin, short hair. This makes them great indoor dogs and not so great outdoor dogs. Because canines don’t sweat they have to pant, and in a hot situation you may find your pup coughing and gagging to cool down in the grass. For colder situations either bundle them up in a sweater or don’t leave them outside for extended periods.

One very important thing to remember is that these little sharks need baths, regularly and irregularly. Setting up a schedule of a once a week bathing is a great start, but I promise it will be moved up from there.

Because of their coat you don’t want to rough anything up as to prevent hair loss. Using a gentle, sudsy shampoo, work your way in circles to build up a lather with your hands. I usually wait to wash their head and ears until last, that way both hands are free and I can hold their nose up at an angle. Keeping their snout elevated is important, you want to keep water and soap from getting into their sensitive eyes and nose.

Rinse your Boston off, and make sure not to leave soap residue; you can repeat the shampoo cycle if you wish but I find it generally isn’t necessary. Your second step is conditioning and it is very important to maintain their coat and prevent dry skin.

I use Mane & Tail conditioner on my pup because, while it’s great for use on humans, it works well on animals. The creamy texture works well through their thin coat and penetrates the skin. You don’t have to let it sit for long but it should be massaged thoroughly.

And, for your final step, you need to towel your Boston off rather than using a hair dryer. Gently pat his head, ears and snout dry before moving onto his body. Toweling is better than using a hair dryer because dryers use intense directional heat that can quickly become painful.

Once you’re done you will be left with a bouncy, cheerful Boston Terrier who’s ready to scrap around for more ‘treats’.

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