If you don’t bathe your dog often using water and shampoo, using a dry bath method or baking soda and cornstarch can help get dirt off of your dog’s skin and fur and leave him with a fresh clean scent.
The Tools You’ll Need. Senior dogs have very special coats and skin at their age. Their skin begins to dry out more often and their coats will turn more coarse as they age, so having a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for sensitive, dry skin and coarse fur is your best bet.
Bath routine for your dog
While there is no exact science that will apply to every single dog, it is generally advised that you should do so once every three months at least; although it’s not uncommon to wash your dog up to once a week, provided that you’re using a gentle shampoo and you’re not overcleaning your dog.
Gently lift the dog into the bath while talking softly to her. Pour water over her body to wet the entire coat until it is thoroughly soaked. Then lather on your shampoo and conditioner, massaging it while talking in a calm, soothing voice.
Usually, dogs should only be bathed as needed, and while seniors are no exception to that rule, medical issues that cause frequent potty accidents, such as incontinence, may make baths necessary more often than when they were younger.
A handheld shower or hose is great for rinsing your large dog. Cups and bowls are great for rinsing, but won’t hold enough water to rinse a large dog quickly. Be sure to rinse your dog well and do not allow shampoo to dry on the skin as it may cause dryness and itching.
Page Giving a Dog a Bath If your dog hates a bath like mine do, I give them a sponge bath. Fill the sink with water and wet them with their own face cloths. Soap them up and rinse them off. Towel dry them and they are now clean once again.
Fortunately, an increasing number of brands offer gentle dog shampoos for sensitive skin.