Dogs & bath: How often should you bath your dog

Dogs & bath: How often should you bath your dog

If your dog had the wherewithal to make out a list of his least favorite things to do, getting a bath would probably be close to the top!

Maintaining physical, skin and oral hygiene is the key to having a healthy dog. Just like humans, physical hygiene in mostly tackled with a bath routine. Most humans shower once a day, but how often should you wash your dog? Let explore the facts on how to keep your furry friend looking fresh and clean.

 

But how often should you wash your dog

Here’re the 3 major factors that determine your dog’s bath routine:

  • Hair Length: Are your dog’s hair so long that they can trap dirt or are they short and less likely to get grimy?
  • Activity Level: Is your dog mostly indoors and stays out of trouble? Or are they more active and love to dig holes, play in the open and take a dip.
  • Allergies and skin conditions: Does your dog have any skin allergies or other skin related issues?

 

Tip: If your dog comes into the room and you can smell him, they need a bath.

 

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What to check before bathing

Bathing dogs is not as simple as it seems. There are so many different types of dogs and coats which each need to be addressed separately, because of varying textures and lengths. Some breeds require a good soaking and moisturizing with lots of water and a lot of brushing and combing before, during, and after the bath, then a dog-specific conditioner, rinse and high velocity blow dry.

 

Finding the Right Bathing Products:

Some differences between human and canine skin are obvious, but the one that isn’t, is skin pH of a dog. So, personal care products that are specifically designed for human skin could be quite irritating to canine skin.

Talk to your vet and go by their advice. They know your pet inside-out and are in the best position to provide recommendations for dog bath products.

 

Brushing – pre and post bath:

Before bath time, prep-up by giving a thorough brushing to get rid of tangles in dog’s hair. Repeat the routine after bathing and drying.

 

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Choose a spot that both of you like:

Bathing can be uncomfortable for a dog, but you have to find ways to convince the dog for a bath. Consistency can help ease out their fears. When indoors, many people prefer a bathtub with a handheld shower sprayer. If you have a flat, sturdy space like concrete or a deck – and not a muddy grass or yard – you can try a dog shower in the outdoor too.

 

Keep things handy:

Once your pet is wet, your hands will be busy, so have everything you need nearby. The things may include: A clean towel, cup for rinsing and some irresistible treats as a reward. Never leave a dog unattended in the tub, and if you’re outside, make sure your dog is contained or on a leash.

 

Check water temperature:

“Can I bathe my dog in cold water?” is a common question. And the counter question is “Is your dog comfortable in cold water?” the safest way is to think of what would be good for a child. Not too hot, not too cold.

 

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Dog cleaning sequence: from bottom to top, rinse from head to tail

  • Wet the pet and lightly lather in a circular motion paying attention to their paws and other places prone to dirt.
  • Start with their paws and work your way up to their face.This will stop soap from dripping into their eyes and ears as well as cut down on shaking.
  • Rinse starting from the head and work your way down until the stream is clear. This helps the shampoo wash down and away from their sensitive spots.

 

Tip: I always bathe the body first and head last, as dogs tend to shake once their head is wet.

 

Towel dry or blow dry:

Cover your pup in a towel to retain heat and reduce water being splashed all over you and your home. You may consider using a dog blow dryer to speed up the drying process if your dog’s hair is long or if the weather is too cold.

 

Fun always wins:

Make the bath enjoyable for your dog. Ensure that you reward with treats and show lots of love and affection.

 

So, talk to your vet and decide the best grooming schedule and grooming products for your dog and activity level.

And remember, there’s only one advice: Be patient and be gentle. If your dog senses you are stressed out they will be too.

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