Somehow our dogs can sense when it's time for a bath. We don't behave any differently (at least we don't think we do), but they know, using their unfathomable doggy senses. Having the right dog bathing supplies on hand can make the experience easier & hopefully less messy for both you and your dog. Many of these supplies can be found in your own home, or they're readily available online (and sometimes you'll be lucky enough to find discount dog supplies too).
It's a mystery why so many dogs will happily splash around in the lake or the creek (or even in a mud puddle), but will run away when it's time for a bath. Try your best to make the experience as positive (or at least as low-key and non-stressful) as possible. Also don't bathe your dog too often since it can dry out their skin. Just when needed!
As your dog dries after the bath you'll want to repeat the combing process to again remove any loose fur. Be gentle - imagine pulling a comb through your wet hair... a gentle touch is always appreciated.
Wet the dog's fur first (this may take a bit of time for dogs with thick fur). Pour water over him and massage it in. Then work the shampoo throughout his fur, making sure to get his legs, underbelly, tail, etc.
Washing around the head & ears: be careful not to get water into the dog's ears as this can cause infection. You can place cotton balls in the outer portion of their ear (don't "stuff" them in - ask your groomer or vet if you're unsure)... just remember to remove them after the bath! Or just gently hold your dog's ears closed as you wet the fur in that area.
Washing the face: again, it's not a good idea to get shampoo into your dog's eyes, mouth, etc. We use a damp cloth to gently wipe the dog's face clean.
Be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly.
Gathering together a bunch of dog bathing supplies might seem like overkill just to give your dog a bath... but it really does make it go more smoothly, and more quickly, too! The fun part is watching them run around after their bath, wet and happy.