When and how often should I wash my dog?
Every dog owner has been there: getting your dog into the bath and realising that bathing your dog isn't going to be easy or enjoyable. Even the most cooperative doggie can make a bath more difficult by splashing around, getting sidetracked, or simply getting tired with the whole affair and jumping out of the tub sopping wet and soapy.
Those are the last things on your mind if your dog can't tolerate the concept of being clean. It's enough to make any dog owner or groomer question whether a wash is even required. However, while most dog owners believe that giving their dogs a wash is vital, they may disagree on how frequently they should do so. If you're wondering how often to bathe a dog or a puppy, the simple answer is that there is no such thing as a straightforward solution.
When Should You Bathe Your Dog?
"Whenever it's needed," is the most obvious response.
Anyone who has seen their four-legged companion get especially thrilled about rolling around in something they found on the ground understands when it's time for a wash. Giving your dog a wash is occasionally necessary due to a foul smell, matted fur, or an overall appearance of filthiness.
However, this does not imply that you should wait until your dog stinks before bathing him or her. Bathing your dog only a few times a year, possibly quarterly, is recommended by many experts.
Bathing your dog more than a few times a year can be hazardous for your dog's hair and skin, unless your dog has a skin disease or allergies that necessitate more frequent washings. You don't want to remove the natural oil that maintains your dog's coat lustrous and healthy, yet dogs groom themselves in a way that keeps them pretty clean — and without removing those oils.
While it's crucial to keep your dog clean, it's equally critical to avoid over-washing them. Drying out the skin, interfering with external worming and flea treatments, and perhaps contributing to skin problems are all risks of doing so. The standard recommendation is once every four weeks, however this may change depending on their daily activity. A bath is obviously necessary if your dog is caked in dirt after a walk.
Shampoos and conditioners
Traditional and organic dog shampoos and conditioners are widely available in supermarkets, veterinarians' offices, and pet stores. When using a new product for the first time, keep an eye on your dog for any reactions and test a small amount on a small area of coat first. Consult your veterinarian; certain dogs suffer from skin disorders that necessitate the use of specific products.
Bathe your dog in a designated area (many people opt for the laundry tub or in the garden). Bath time might make some dogs nervous, so be prepared for some splashing. Maintain your dog's calmness by rewarding calm behaviour, ensuring the water is at a reasonable temperature, and completing the task as quickly as possible. In the winter, give your dog its own towel and use a hair drier or warmth to speed up the drying process (only make sure they don't get burned and can run away if necessary). Make sure the water isn't too deep because dogs can drown.