I have two dogs, which I have not really mentioned thus far. The eldest is an AKC registered German shepherd and my youngest is a rescue. I love them both dearly, dogs do teach us unconditional love. They each have their own personality and crack me up daily. Have you ever seen a dog play with her food, and I am not talking about just bones? Well my AKC does, she will throw her dental treats in the air, dance around it, growl or otherwise talk to it, before deciding to eat it. It truly is a site to see, but I can never catch her with the camera, I think she's too smart sometimes!
Other items you should probably invest in are microfiber bath towels, there are special ones for your dogs if you prefer. I found two sets in different colors, one for each of my dogs, on sale at different stores.
Eventually, I would love to have the dog hair dryers, like they use at dog shows, that way I can wash my dogs more frequently during the winter and their fur would dry faster.
Once you have everything you need, it's bath time! My dogs smell good and their fur is SUPER soft after I give them a bath. And I stress super soft fur if you use Earthbath. It doesn't take long to give both of my dogs their bath, I even hook the hose to the garage sink so that I can have warm water on cooler days. I wouldn't want to hurt my dogs in any way.
I do warn you that you should introduce your dog to the tub a few times, even let them get into it, before actually attempting to bathe them. My youngest can be skittish around new things and I have learned that is the best way so you can avoid a fearful dog.
Well, before I leave you for the day, just remember the more you wash your dog, the less likely you will have flea problems or other issues that go undetected. Love your dog and they will love you in return.