How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?
Dogs don't need daily baths like we do but bathing your dog depends on the dog's environment and type of coat.
Here are some guidelines:
- Bathing once a month should be enough for most dogs
- Dogs with an oily coat like Basset Hounds may need to be bathed at least once a week.
- Many short-haired breeds with smooth coats, like Beagles and Weimaraners, don't really need to bath as much.
- Breeds with water-repellent coats, like Golden retrievers and Great Pyrenees shouldn't bathe too much so they can keep their natural oils.
- Dogs with thick, double coats like Samoyeds, Malamutes, and other Northern breeds — do best with fewer baths and a lot of extra brushing (which gets rid of loose, dead hair and helps distribute natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy).
But if your dog is active and likes to go swimming, plays in mud puddles, or lives in the country and does a lot of rolling in who-knows-what, then you may want to bathe more often than if that same dog lived in a condo or the ‘burbs.
Only bathe your dog when necessary, or you’ll strip your dog’s coat of its natural oils, making it dry and more prone to dandruff, frizzies, and mats. Choose Shampoos wisely Some shampoos may dry or irritate the dog’s skin more than others, in which case you should bathe less often or try a different shampoo.
Basically, the best way to gauge when your dog needs a bath is to give her a good sniff.
How To Wash Your Dog
- Brush your dog before a bath. Matted hair holds water, leaving your dog with irritated skin. (If you are having trouble brushing or cutting the mats out, take your dog to a professional groomer.) Put a cotton ball in each ear to keep water out; it helps prevent ear infections and irritation.
- Use lukewarm water. Dog skin is different from ours, make sure the water is not too hot dogs burn more easily. Bath water should never be hotter than what you’d run for a human baby. Keep it even cooler for large-breed dogs, who can easily overheat.
- Talk to your pet in a calm and reassuring voice. To make your dog feel more comfortable.
- Always use dog shampoo's its less drying to their skin than people shampoo. Work the shampoo into a gentle lather and massage it all over your dog’s body, being careful not to get soap in her eyes.
- Rinse well. Any soap left in her fur can irritate your dog’s skin once your dog dry. Rinse, rinse, and repeat the rinse.
- Air-dry. Don't use a human blow-dryer is too hot for their skin. its best to air-dry or use a blow-dryer designed for dogs; its lower temperatures won’t cause itching or dandruff.
- Reward your dog. Follow up with abundant praise, petting, or play. or give them a dog treat for cooperating
When to go to the Pros
If your busy and don't have the time or if you don't like the idea of wrestling with your dog into a bathtub. then take your dog to a professional groomer. Groomers will not only bathe your dog but they’ll clip her nails, express anal sacs (upon request), trim near the eyes, and dry her off. Most are priced reasonably.
Professional dog groomers are a must for certain breeds, such as Poodles, Yorkies, Maltese, Springers, and others with hair that grows long. Unlike fur, hair doesn’t shed, and it will keep growing until it gets cut — just like yours.
So keep up with your dog's grooming so your dog can stay healthy and clean and free of parasites.
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