O My! First Bath!!!! I gave Coop and Gracie their first and the screamed and cried. I actually have a funny pic on my intro of Gracie when I turned the water on.
Sounds like you have everything set for the bath. I wash my babies down stair because I have the removable nossle (it is a life saver and saves so much time)
I try to brush Coop every day also. I have found the the rubber glove mit thing work GREAT on him...gets sooo much hair off and it I do it daily I can tell a big difference. I am use the furminator brush, it is costly but worth it! Gets lost of hair from the under coat!
Here is an example of the glove
and the furminator