Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eastern North Carolina
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Be prepared to get wet! Warm water to wash/rinse. I use the inside of my wrist, just slightly warm. Don't forget to let the water run for a good while, so the temperature does not change on you.
I use the kitchen sink with bathing. I do not scrub the fur around as if to tangle it, try to clean going in the direction of the hair growth. I tend to shampoo the boys at least 3 times, they get pretty dirty. I am always spraying the body as much as I can, so they do not get cold.
With a puppy, probably one shampoo would be enough. When you have rinsed very well, apply conditioner to the body, while conditioner working, clean the muzzle and under the eyes and ear leather. Rinse well.
DO NOT GET WATER IN THE NOSE WHEN THEY ARE HOLDING THEIR HEADS STRAIGHT UP.
Apply the water when their head is down and you can rinse off the mouth and muzzle and face.
They will look like drowned rats when all wet. Wrap the pup up in big towel and towel dry as much water that can be patted or rubbed gently. Hold the pup in a big towel for a good 5 minutes to soak off the water and to keep him warm.
Have fun drying him! You will get wet again! Practice makes perfect. What kind of dryer are you using? I use warm high speed (Human Dryer) and constantly touching the hair to make sure it is not too hot....and while touching the Hav, I am fluffying the hair to dry.
Have fun and keep us posted!
Dexter & Jack
"One Hav is NOT enough to enjoy the RLH skills!"