Bathing your Dog

Bathing is important for your dog here is our useful guide on how to bath your dog properly at home.

Water Temperature:

In order for your dog to have a comfortable and positive experience, it is very important to have the correct water temperature. You can test the water temperature by running it on the underside of your arm. Your dog will wriggle and shake if the temperature is not suitable, so ensure to keep checking throughout the bathing process. Older dogs or dogs with mobility issues tend to enjoy the warmth of the water so you may even allow the warm water to fill the bath as it helps to soothe their joints. (appropriate amount)

Please do not rinse your dog with the hose outside. Dogs do not enjoy being washed in cold water and it can be counterproductive as it does not clean the coat properly.


Make sure you are using the correct shampoo.  Do not use human shampoos on your dog even baby shampoos.  Dog shampoos have a different pH balance than human shampoos and although we share the same pH balance humans have 26 layers of skin and dogs only have 7 layers, therefore, they have less reliance on chemicals than humans.  Use a natural shampoo, House of Hounds only use natural shampoos, from HOWND which are available to purchase in the salon or via our online shop.  For dogs that suffer from skin conditions, hypogenic shampoos are best, if you’re not sure contact your vet for recommendations.


Start washing your dog from the tail up to its neck.  if you’re using a shower head turn the pressure down so as not to startle your dog and also to help avoid water going into their eyes/ears. When the dog is well soaked apply  Apply the shampoo with a shower puff or use exfoliating gloves as it aids in spreading the shampoo evenly and you won’t need to use as much shampoo.

Massage your dog all over, wash down the legs, paying particular attention between the toes and pads as they get packed with mud.

Apply a little shampoo to the top of the head, and massage the ear flaps however be careful not to get water into your dog’s ear canal.  Rub around your dog’s muzzle and around the eyes again be careful not to get shampoo directly into your dog’s eyes.

RINSE RINSE RINSE, using warm water. Starting at the head lightly rinse the face, avoiding getting water into the ears/eyes. Then rinse down the body leaving the legs until last.

At House Of Hounds, we wash your dog until it is clean, generally, that is 2 shampoos and conditioner, however quite often it is 3 or 4 shampoos.  If your dog is not washed correctly dirt will remain on the fur which leaves a greasy dog that takes longer to dry.  So it is really important to wash and rinse correctly.


Blot dry your dog using a dog towel or a highly absorbent towel.  Do not be tempted to rub your dog’s coat if they have a fleece or wool coat as this creates knots and mats.

When your dog is mostly dry, spray some detangle to the coat this helps reduce tangles and gives a good shine to the coat.  Remember to ensure you use products that suit your dog’s coat type, any allergies make sure you check with your vet if you are not sure regarding the products to use on your dog’s coat.

Comb out your dog’s coat, and make sure you use the correct combs and brushes on your dog.  House Of Hounds sells a range of combs and brushes so ask our staff what’s best for your dog.

House Of Hounds uses industry-approved drying blasters, at home you can use a standard hair dryer but make sure you do not have the setting too hot and ensure you move around the dog’s coat.  During the drying process make sure you brush out your dog to remove any tangles or knots.  Ensure you dry your dog thoroughly.


Use warm water

Only use natural dog shampoos

Rinse well

If all of the above is a little too much, leave it to us for a bath and brush

Chat to a member of our team if you need any further assistance

Happy washing ☺

What Are Parasites in Dogs?

There are two main types of parasites in dogs: internal and external parasites.

Internal parasites:

eg hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms live inside the body of the dog and they can be transferred in various ways and can affect many organs.

External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, live on the body of the dog i.e. their coat, and can produce an infestation.

Parasites can be extremely irritating, cause serious health issues and even carry diseases. Some parasites in dogs are also zoonotic, which means a disease or parasite that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Signs that your dog may have Parasites

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of parasite, Most intestinal parasites do not show symptoms until the infestation has become severe. Parasites can cause symptoms ranging from mild discomfort and intermittent loose stool to severe issues such as anemia, skin disease, malnutrition, and other infections. It is really important to treat your dog quickly if an infestation occurs.

Internal Parasite Symptoms

  • Diarrhea, with or without blood or mucous
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Distended abdomen (pot-bellied appearance)
  • Decreased activity
  • Scooting
  • Worms or segments (tapeworms) visible in the feces
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

External Parasite Symptoms

  • Excessive scratching
  • Excessive chewing
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Hair loss
  • Crusting and discoloration of the skin
  • Dry coat
  • Scaly appearance to fur
  • Large amounts of black debris in ears
  • Fleas or flea dirt
  • Restless behavior

How does my dog get Parasites?

  • Fleas can be caught from many places for example other infected animal wildlife and from your home environment!
  • Ticks are caught from traveling through bushes and long grass.
  • Intestinal parasites are usually transmitted when an animal ingests the eggs or spores in contaminated soil, water, or food. Puppies can contract a parasite from their mothers, either in utero or from nursing.
  • Tapeworms can be contracted by dogs when they eat an infected flea and heartworms are contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Treating your dog

If you suspect that your dog is suffering from an internal parasite, the first step will be to identify the parasite with your vet. There is no single medication that can treat and prevent all internal parasites and once your vet identifies the parasite, they can find the most effective treatment for your dog.

In severe cases of internal and external parasites, dehydration, anemia, and secondary infections can occur and your vet will treat as needed along with medication to kill the parasites.

How often should I worm my dog?

At least every three months. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, more regular worming may need to be undertaken and it is recommended this be discussed with your vet if you are concerned.

How often should I flea my dog?

Every 4 weeks for optimal protection – year-round, leaving no gaps.

How common are fleas on dogs?

Fleas are more common than you might think. The flea’s life cycle consists of four stages:

  1. Adult flea
  2. Flea egg
  3. Fea larvae
  4. Flea pupae

Only adult fleas live on your dog. All the other life stages live in the environment of the dog, for example, his bed, the carpets, your sofa cushions, and the car.

Therefore, to make any inroads into controlling a flea infestation, it’s essential to treat your dog’s environment as well as your dog.

A good home flea spray will be effective for many months against the flea eggs and larvae, but, unfortunately, there is no product on the market that can kill the flea when it’s in its pupal stage. Fleas can remain dormant in their pupal stage for many months, hatching out when conditions are optimal. This means a flea infestation can appear several months after the treatment was missed.

House Of Hounds have a very strict receme when it comes to bio security in the salon.  We have invested healvly in the health and saftey of our staff and dogs in our care and we undertake regular preventive mesaures against parasites.

House Of Hounds have a strict no groom policy in place for any dog found with paracites and charges will apply.  Which is outlined in our T&C’s.