I know that most of the dog owners would rather skip bath time, but bathing plays an important role in the health of the dog’s coat and skin. So let’s see a few FAQs and answers about bathing your dog that should help you get started. Keep reading and learn everything you need to know for this title.
How Often Should You Bathe your Dog?
This question depends on several factors, for example, the dog’s environment and type of coat. Some dogs require weekly baths. On the other hand, most dogs don’t. You should ask your vet to give you a piece of advice on how much bathing is appropriate for your dog breed.
But, here are some general instructions:
- Bathing once a month works for most dogs.
- Active dogs might need more baths.
- Many dogs with skin conditions like dogs with oily coat may requite bathing as frequently as once a week, using a medicated shampoo.
- Dogs with water-repellent coats should be bathed less often so as to preserve their natural oils.
Finally, if you have a dog who enjoys swimming or digging, you could be doing baths either twice weekly or as-needed. However, avoid bathing more often than truly necessary. For example, once every two weeks if it is possible. In the text below, we will see how bathing very often can negatively impact a dog’s natural oils.
Why You Should Bathe your Dog?
There are many reasons why you should bathe your dog. Keep in mind that when we are talking about bathing your dog you need to follow these instructions above, like how often and etc. It’s important to note that bathing your dog too much can lead to problems. This can lead to issues such as dry skin, flaking, and in some cases of severely over bathing, skin conditions.
Here are some reasons why you should do bathing your dog:
- Because your dog is dirty! If you have a larger dog, you already know this one. When your dog gets out he is generally getting into everything possible. It is normal that your dog will get dirty and stinky, but you have to fix it.
- Bathing will promote healthy skin and a healthy coat. – By excellent bathing, you will help your dog to keep his hair and skin healthy by removing excess dander, dirt, and oils.
- It is very healthy for you too. – When you bathing your dog, you will remove the bacteria and various infections your dog has.
How You Should Bathe your Dog?
We have to say that owners of small dogs have a little advantage. These dogs owners can just put the dog in a sink or laundry tub. If you are an owner of a big dog breed then, maybe you can’t fit your dog in a sink, so use the bathtub, or get in the shower with him and use a detachable nozzle.
For that reason, do not worry to take on the task–with or without your dog’s cooperation–here are some tips about how you should bathe your dog.
- Use lukewarm water. Although some dog breeds enjoy the heat, their skin is totally the opposite when water is considered. Did you know that hot water can burn dogs very 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. Due to that, remember that you need to use lukewarm water when you bathe your dog.
Also, when you finish bathing your dog, be careful with the heat. Hot air from a human blow-dryer can be too hot for their skin. Either air-dry or use a blow-dryer designed for dogs. As we said, lower temperatures won’t cause itching or dandruff.
- Talk to your pet in a calm and reassuring voice. In that way, you will prove to your dog that you’re not torturing him. Otherwise, your dog will always continue to hide under the kitchen table whenever you get out a towel.
- Another one very important tip is that you should always use dog shampoo. And you should always choose the right shampoo ( with aloe and oatmeal in it ) I am saying this because these days there are several brands of dog shampoo that are hypoallergenic and too bad for your dog’s skin. Dog shampoo dries their skin less 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 their eyes. Remember to get into all his cracks and crevices, including between his toes and pads. However, this does not mean that they stay on your dog’s skin forever. Any soap left in their fur can irritate their skin once they’re dry. For that not to happen, rinse, rinse and repeat the rinse.
I always recommend diluting your chosen shampoo with water before bathing. In that way, you will have a mixture that is soapy but thin and can easily be worked into the coat and massaged into the skin.
- Finally, reward your dog. Follow up with abundant praise, petting, or playing with him. Give your dog homemade dog treats, or play with him his favourite games. There are many dogs who love to vent their frustration over bath time by playing exuberant tug-of-war with the bath towel–or just running away with it–when it’s all over.