How to wash your Lhasa Apso at home


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  • How to brush your dog before bathtime
  • How to wash your Lhasa Apso
  • How to dry your Lhasa Apso
  • How to brush regularly
  • What are the different stages of hair growth
  • Tips

A picture says a thousand words! My Lhasa Apso is in need of some urgent attention. 

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Lucky in need of a bath

Here are my tips on how to wash my Lhasa Apso at home

You can see my Lhasa Apso ”Lucky” has been enjoying himself in some mud, there is only one thing left now, a good old bath time my fella! First things first, if your Lhasa Apso has dried out after their fun time, I would brush him/her gently to remove most of the soil and rubbish from the hair. If the amount is important I would give them a gentle hose down in the garden before going inside to your bathroom.

How to brush your dog before bathtime

Before washing, you need to brush your dog to get the tangles out and any other foreign matter that has accumulated in their hair. Slightly moisten the coat as this will help the brushing process. Do take your time and proceed with care as they do not like to be handled roughly, if you are rough they will remember and run away the next time you try and brush them. I always use an untangling comb first, this will get those difficult tangles out! Starting from the head and working towards their tail, if you encounter some really difficult tangles then hold the hair close to the body so as not to pull the skin when using the untangling comb. Here is a video on how to brush your dog https://youtu.be/F_9A371Ovrk

 

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Untangling Comb

This untangling type of comb, I invite you to check their latest price here on Amazon, has blades which as you pull through the hair will gently cut the tangles, again do this with care and never pull hard. I tend to use just the tip so as not to pull too much hair at a time. That done I move on to a brush with fine soft wire, mine is the wooden type.  Check the latest prices of this model, similar to mine now on Amazon.  Thes gets to the winter coat that is close to the body and often gets matted if not brushed out on a routine basis.

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Soft wire brush

Now your Lhasa Apso is ready for bathtime. Don’t forget to have some little reward biscuits at hand, they will remember and gladly let you brush them again next time.

 

How to wash your Lhasa Apso

With all that brushing done, its time to wash your beauty, if you have a puppy then once a week is fine, as your dog gets older that can be reduced to once a month but that depends on you. Prepare the bath area beforehand, have the dog shampoo at hand, and the dog conditioner, I always use good quality products from my local pet store, personally, I stay away from cheaper products in the big commercial stores. Your Lhasa Apso is worth that little extra isn’t he/she? Have some towels ready to tap dry, I tap dry Lucky first, I never rub him as that can tangle his hair again. Now your Lhasa Apso is in the shower or bath gently moisten the coat with lukewarm water, if you are using a bath then I suggest you have a few inches already in the bath, then using a small recipient you can pour the water onto the coat. Next apply the shampoo, one which is pH-neutral and with no added scents,  be careful not to get too much water into their eyes, ears or nose at this point, they will shake much less if the head is dry, concentrate on the body, legs and tail first, my dog loves to have massages on his back so this is a good time to give your dog a massage whilst washing, two jobs at the same time!  Once the body has been washed I concentrate on the head, very gently cleaning his eyes, Lucky’s eyes produce that brown stain on his facial hair inherent to a lot of Lhasa Apso’s. When you have finished washing them you must rinse well to remove all the soapy water, then apply the conditioner to give your pet a super-soft coat, then rinse again,  after the rinse gently with your hands get the excess water off the body and legs, lift your dog out of the bath to commence the drying.

How to dry your Lhasa Apso

Place them on the towels left on the floor and now watch him/her have a crazy time!!   I allow Lucky after his bath to be a fool for a few minutes as he enjoys rolling and scampering all over the towels,  left on the floor just for this reason. Once he has calmed down I use my wife’s hairdryer, or a professional dryer for dogs, there are many different models available, to see the newest designs you might like to check the latest prices on Amazon. As you can see from the description there are some attachments that other models do not include, this would help reduce time when grooming if you have more than one dog at home, this model could be the right choice for you. Always use on cool mode, never hot, to dry them, all the time talking to him and gently rubbing my fingers through his coat until he is dry, you could also use a large warm towel instead of the hairdryer, you can also brush at the same time to help in this drying time. Do make sure your pet is thoroughly dry, if not your dog could get itchy and scaly skin  I keep his coat short as he is always in the garden with me and gets into all sorts of states, this helps me keep him clean, much easier than a Lhasa Apso with a long coat.

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Nice and clean

How to brush regularly

The Lhasa Apso when older has hair that is long, straight and hard to the feel, so different than a puppy, brushing on a regular basis is the best way to keep your dog in prime condition. Using a good untangling spay before each brushing session helps greatly to make this job so much easier. A daily brushing routine with the straight tooth comb, (one similar to mine is available on Amazon) and then once a week have a longer session to really work out the matted areas that may have formed over the week. To do this you need to do small areas at a time, I tend to start at the tail and work my way forward using the untangling brush, as the hair is long and overlays I find it easier to lift the hair laying on top, after the untangling comb I will then turn to the tooth comb which facilitates the job more, and finally with the bristle brush, Lucky’s is the same almost as this one on Amazon. If your Lhasa Apso has short hair like my Lucky then a good daily brush is perfect to maintain his coat free from tangles, but if your dog has a long coat or is a show dog then I would recommend more serious daily brushing. The two brushes I use the most often are the straight-toothed comb, this type of brush does not cut the hair but combs through the coat to get the matted hair out, and a bristle brush is for general finishing.

Straight tooth comb
Bristle brush

What are the different stages of hair growth

The Lhasa Apso’s when older have a coat that is long, straight and hard to the feel. As puppies, the Lhasa Apso is like little bundles, just as cute as a little fluffy teddy bear, short and curly.  Around the age of one and a half years, you will see the adult coat form, the longer straighter hair now growing over the puppy hair. This is the period when the hair can become matted so watch out at this stage! The hair continues to grow down to floor level to help protect the animal from the rigorous mountainous weather, the typical climate conditions where the Lhasa Aspo originates from (Nepal) has a harsh climate ranging from hot summers to very cold winters. This long hair is the coat that Lhasa Apso’s enter competitions with, the Lhasa Apso in all its splendor. Their coat has a natural parting running down from the top of the head and down the spine, so hair falls flat down both sides. See Lucky in the photo below with his parting! A bit like Dougal from the Magic Roundabout,  are you old enough to remember that T.V series? Lhasa Apso’s do have many color combinations and Lucky has a beautiful tawny brown coat.

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Lucky at 18 months

Tips

I always wash Lucky in the shower, or you might like to have a portable washtub just for your Lhasa, a special sturdy and compleatly foldable tub like this one.  Why in the shower do you ask? When they have their shaking session, as all dogs do, the dirty soapy water will go everywhere, when washing inside the shower all this mess is confined to the enclosed shower cubicle. I also hold my hand over his head when rinsing so to lessen the chances of water getting into his eyes, nose, and ears. And don’t forget those reward biscuits!!

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