Dogs aren’t the cleanest animals, after all, they love to splash around in muddy puddles and eat their own droppings, but how often you should bathe them is often a source of confusion.
Just like us humans, shampooing can rid your dog’s coat of natural oils, so it’s important not to wash them too often. But leave it too long and they’ll get pretty smelly.
How often should we bathe our dogs?
There is no one size fits all when it comes to bathing dogs. It all depends on your dog, its breed, and its activity level.
Here is everything you need to know about bathing our four-legged friends, so you can decide how often it is best for your dog.
How often should i wash my dog?
When they’re dirty and starting to smell, it is usually a clear sign that they need a bath.
However, if you can find a regular routine for your canine friend’s bath time, not only will they smell fresh, but it’s a great opportunity to give them a chance to get rid of bumps or fleas.
You should try to wash your dog at least once a month, but ideally no more than twice a month and no less than once every three months. Some people can wash them once a week, which is fine as long as you use a gentle shampoo.
There are a few factors that you should consider before deciding what is best for your dog. They include:
- Hair Length – Long hair can have a tendency to trap dirt.
- Activity – Dogs who like to explore, roll around in the dirt, and swim get dirtier than those who prefer the comfort of their home.
- Skin Conditions – Dogs with allergies may need to be washed more or less frequently.
It really varies for different races. For example, you may not need to wash a breed of dog with short hair as it is less likely to get dirty.
And if you have an adorable little pup, keep that first bath on until he’s at least eight weeks old. You are not yet ready to regulate your temperature yourself in the first few weeks. So best to wait.
How to clean your dog
Getting your dog into the bathroom can be a breeze or it can be a nightmare – some dogs love bath time and others hate it.
Making it a part of their routine from a young age will make your life a lot easier. Use praise to help them see it as a positive experience.
Here are some top tips to give your pooch a good clean:
Never use human shampoo – Always use a gentle dog shampoo. Baby shampoo should also be avoided as it can irritate the skin.
Brush before washing – Remove all knots before bathing. Once wet, they are harder to remove.
Find the perfect place – Bathing does not have to be in the bathroom, it can be in the sink or even in a paddling pool in the garden. Just make sure you try to keep it consistent.
Find a routine – Consistency is your friend when bathing dogs. When you make it part of your routine it will become easier for both of you.
Towel dry – Have the towel handy or you risk getting soaked if they inevitably try to shake off the excess water.
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How to groom the coat between washes
Of course, they can get a little grubby between washes, but dogs have a natural instinct to clean themselves, so while it doesn’t meet our standards it helps.
There are also some other things we can do to take care of them between washes, such as: B. Brushes. If you give them a brush every day, they’ll stay knot-free and clean up their fur. It also distributes their natural oils in the fur, removing dirt and debris.
Covering your dog with a damp towel can also help keep him clean between washes.