I usually run the water on medium and steady, making sure it is warm. If the water runs too high, the sound scares my little beagle.
Soak your dog’s coat the best you can. Stir the shampoo, the oatmeal tends to sink to the bottom sometimes. Then carefully pour the shampoo on your pup starting at the neck and working backwards to the tail. Oliver does not like it on his head. I wipe his head a face off after the bath making sure to keep his ears dry.
Work the shampoo into his coat aiming for about 5 to 10 minutes of massage and praise while the oatmeal bath soothes his skin.
Rinse thoroughly with lots of warm water. I use the yogurt tub as a cup to pour rinse water. If he will get close enough to the faucet, I let the water run down his back. All the while, I am praising him and treating as needed to keep him calm and in the sink. I use a big mop sink in my laundry room for his baths.
Once well rinsed, carefully dry and remove the dog from the sink, tub, bucket… Set him on the floor with the microfiber towel draped on his back. This will keep some of the shaking down. Continue to dry as much as possible before releasing him into the house. Oliver goes a little crazy on the kitchen rugs. Not real sure what he is doing. He is probably drying more, or trying to get his scent back off the rugs from previous lounging. He is just happy and playful after a bath. He smells good too!