Grooming and washing your dog or puppy should be a fun time and not stressful for them or you.                    
They should have the best environmentally responsible products used on them as well.                      
Start young and make it fun. Start grooming a puppy as soon as you can so they get used to the feel of brushes, clippers and dryers if you are going to use them as part of the process. Touching their paws when petting also gives them confidence that you are not going to hurt them and gets them used to it.                    
Bathing is a good opportunity to check your dog's skin. Feel all over for lumps or rough areas, if you feel anything that you cannot identify contact your vet.                    
Only ever use soap free pet shampoos, these won't strip their skin's essential oils away. Human shampoos can burn a pet's skin. enviroCare Earth has 2 products: Pet Coat Wash & Conditioner & Pet Sensitive & Allergy Wash.                    
Both products are soap free and are gentle enough for allergies or skin conditions to & will soothe skin & soften your dogs fur, making it easier to brush or comb out tangles too.                    
Don't over bathe! A good rule of thumb is to only bath your dog when he/she is noticeably dirty or smelly. A rough idea is usually 2 weeks.  However, the time between baths will vary from dog to dog (a long haired dog will get tangled & matted hair if they go too long between baths), and the time of year is also a big factor.                     
Before you start the bathing process gather all the items you need: shampoo, bucket, towels, combs....Don't turn your back on a wet dog unless you want to be involved in a game of chase and catch me!                    
Make sure the water is luke warm.                    
Avoid getting soap in your dog's eyes and ears and wet your dogs head last- this will minimise his desire to shake.                    
Rinse well. The flaky, itchy discomfort many dogs experience after a bath comes from inadequate shampoo removal (or sometimes too frequent bathing).                     
Don't let your dog sit around wet, the longer they're wet the more time the bugs have to breed & smells to develop. Use an old towel to rub most of the excess water off or if they are used to a hair dryer set onto a warm or cool setting-never hot- and blow excess water off.                    
Dogs also love a good shake to get rid of excess water, so be ready. If you want to minimise the effects of the shake hold your dogs head gently.                    
A great way to get your dog fully dry naturally (weather permitting) and feeling good about the whole process is to go for a good long walk afterwards, your mate will dry & you will also get the benefit of the fresh air.                    
Keeping our pets well groomed is an essential part of living together happily.