Most dogs would rather skip bath time, but bathing plays an essential role in the health of your dog’s skin, helping to keep your dog clean and free of dirt and parasites.
And of course, there’s the added value of making your pooch more comfortable to be around.
Here are some FAQs and answers about giving dogs baths that should help you get started. As always, ask your vet about your pooch’s needs before you proceed.
How Often Should I Bath My Dog?
While dogs don’t require daily scrub downs as we do, they do need regular baths–but just how regular depends on some factors, like the dog’s environment and type of coat and skin.
Your veterinarian can give you advice on how much bathing is appropriate for your dog.
Here are some general guidelines:
Bathing once a month works for most dogs.
Dogs with oily coats
like Basset Hounds, may need bathing as frequently as once a week.
Many short-haired breeds with smooth coats
Such as Beagles and Weimaraners, do just fine with less frequent baths. Short-coated Basenjis are fastidious in their personal hygiene and rarely need a bath.
Breeds with water-repellent coats
Such as Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees, should be bathed less often so as to preserve their natural oils.
Dogs with thick, double coats
Such as Samoyeds, Malamutes, and other Northern breeds, do best with fewer baths and much brushing, which removes dead hair and helps distribute natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.
Where Should I Wash My Dog?
Once you are ready to bath your dog, this is what you need to do.
Brush your dog before a bath
Matted hair holds water, leaving your dog with irritated skin. If you can’t brush or cut the mats out yourself, take your dog to a professional groomer. You may want to put a cotton ball in each ear to keep water out. It prevents ear infections and irritation.
Use lukewarm water
Dog skin is completely different from human skin, and hot water can damage a dog’s skin easily. Bathwater shouldn’t 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 with a calm and sweet
Some dogs will eventually learn that you’re not torturing them, although some will continue to hide under the table whenever you bring out a towel.
Use dog shampoo
It uses to dry their skin less than people shampoo. Work the shampoo into a gentle lather and massage it all over your dog’s body, don’t allow the soap to enter your dog’s eyes.
Any soap left in their fur can irritate your dog’s skin once they are dry, make sure you rinse very well.
Hot air from a human blow-dryer can be too hot for your dog skin Either air-dry or make use of a blow-dryer designed for your dogs; its lower temperatures won’t cause skin irritation or dandruff.
Conclusion On How To Bath Your Dog
By making pleasant associations with bath time and remaining calm and assertive while you are bathing your dog, you can make it another opportunity for bonding and affection. Just be patient.
You can use the comment section to tell us how you bath your dog.