However, dogs are not always excited to get into the water for a good scrub. So, we’re giving you some hints to help you properly bathe your dog with ease.
Why Bathe Your Dog
Bathing your dog is a vital part of general pert care. Some common reasons may be to remove unpleasant odor or dirt that accumulated on their coat or to manage your pup’s skin sensitivity.
The usual reason for bathing dogs is to clean their skin and coat to remove loose hair and scales and improve their coat’s natural shine.
However, there are also several factors to consider when bathing your dog, including their breed, hair length, activity level, and health conditions. Dogs with special skin conditions, for instance, may be prescribed by vets to bath to treat their medical conditions.
How Often You Should Bathe Your Dogs?
One of the things that most pet parents wonder about is how often they should bathe their dogs. Generally, dogs should not be bathed more than once a month because bathing them too often can strip the protective oil off their coats, which can lead to more severe skin conditions. However, the frequency of bathing dogs varies per dog and their individual needs.
Typically, you’ll know it’s time to bath your dog when it has an unpleasant odor or has accumulated dirt on its coat. If your dog has that typical healthy dog smell and is not dirty, a bath is not yet necessary at this point. For dogs with skin problems, vets may prescribe a bathing schedule as part of their treatment plan. A hunting dog that is often outdoors will need more frequent bathing than canines who stay most of their time indoors. On the other hand, dogs who go swimming will need a bath less frequently because swimming counts as a bath.
You can consult a professional pet groomer or experienced dog bather to help you come up with a bathing schedule, specially made for your pup.
What Type Of Shampoo to Use
If your dog has a healthy skin and coat, use a mild and gentle hypoallergenic shampoo. If your dog has a skin condition, ask your local vet for advice about the best type of shampoo that can help treat the specific problem.
You can also use mild and hypoallergenic rinse-out conditioner on your dog’s coat to prevent it from drying out after shampooing. Remember to patch test the products first to make sure that your dog doesn’t develop any allergic reaction.
Where to Bathe Your Dog
You can use a garden hose for bathing your dog outdoors. Set it on low pressure and make sure to test the temperature first. During summer, water can get extremely hot for your dog, so wait until it cools down. During colder months, you can use a bucket of warm water instead.
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Training Your Dog to Enjoy Bath Time
If you want your dog to enjoy bath time, condition them to associate the activity with rewards or the things they love. Praise and give them treats when they are calm and are allowing you to touch them. Take things slowly and speak to your dog in a positive tone to help them relax. Don’t forget to give them treats if bath time finishes well.
If you live in the Oakland area and you need help with bathing your dogs, Paws and Claws will gladly assist you. We offer self-dog wash services where you can bathe your dog most efficiently and comfortably.
Our dog tubs can accommodate all sizes of dogs, and they are raised tom make sure they are easy on your back. We provide towels, dryers, and shampoos that reduce and soothe allergic reactions and common skin and coat conditions. We also have experienced bathers who can provide your dogs with bathing and grooming services with a loving hand. Call us today at 510.336.0105 to learn more about our services!