Giving Dogs a Bath When your precious puppy is smelly, it’s time to shower. However, it doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you’re ready with everything you need and use a lot of enthusiasm and reinforcement, then bath time can be a great time to bond.
How many times do I have to bathe my dog in a house?
Although dogs do not need daily scrubs as we do, they do require regular baths – but to what extent the system depends on several factors, such as the dog’s environment and his type of coat.
Your veterinarian can advise you on how many showers to suit your individual dog.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Showering once a month works for most dogs.
- Dogs with oily coats, such as Basset Hounds, may need to shower repeatedly once a week.
- Many strains with short hair with fine coats, such as Beagles and Weimaraners, work well with less frequent bathrooms. Short coated Basenjis are quick in their personal hygiene and rarely need a bath.
- Strains with waterproof coats, such as Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees, should be bathed to maintain their natural oils.
- Dogs with thick and double coats, such as Samoyeds, Malamutes and other northern breeds, work better with fewer pigeons and a lot of extra brush, which shed dead and falling hair and help distribute natural oils that keep the dog’s skin and coat healthy.
Of course, if your dog likes to go swimming, is obsessed with muddy pools, or lives in the country and does a lot of apprenticeships, you may want to shower more frequently than if the dog itself lives in a suburban dwelling.
However, avoid bathing really too much, or you will remove the dog’s coat from its natural oils, making it dry and more prone to dandruff, wrinkling, and mats. Some shampoos may dry out or irritate the dog’s skin more than others, in which case you should shower less or try another shampoo.
The best way to measure when your dog needs a bath is to give him a good sniff. How do you smell it? Not very good? Start running the water
How should I give my dog a bath?
Once you are ready to take on the task – with or without the dog’s cooperation – here’s what to do:
- Clean your dog before taking a shower. The matte hair grabs the water, leaving your dog with skin irritability. If you cannot clean the mats or cut them yourself, take your dog to a professional dresser. You may want to put a cotton ball in each ear to keep water away. It helps prevent ear infections and irritation.
- Use lukewarm water. Dog skin is different from ours, and hot water can burn dogs more easily. Bathing water should not be hotter than the water you will use for a baby. Keep it cooler for dogs with large breeds that can easily warm up.
- Talk to your pet with a calm, relaxed voice. Some dogs will eventually learn that you are not tormenting them, although others will continue to hide under the kitchen table whenever they come out of a towel.
- Use dog shampoo. It dries their skin less than shampoo. Place the shampoo in gentle foam and massage it all over the dog’s body, taking care not to apply soap in its eyes.
- Wash it well with water. Any soap left in its fur can irritate your dog’s skin as soon as it dries. Rinse, rinse, and repeat rinsing.
- Air dryer. The hot air from a human hairdryer can be very hot on his skin. Either air dry or use a blow dryer designed for dogs; low temperatures will not itch or crust.
- Reward your dog. Follow with praise, petting, or playing. Many damp dogs love to vent their frustration in bath time by playing a tug of war with a bath towel – or just escaping with it – when it’s all over.
Is it good to give a bath to a dog?
It is recommended that you bathe your dog at least once every three months. You can wash your dog as frequently as every other week (with a gentle shampoo, it may be more frequent). … the dog needs the natural oils that the skin produces to promote hair growth. In addition to excessive showering, it can cause irritation and dehydration.