Does your dog need a bath? Most humans shower once a day, but how often should you wash your dog? We’ll get down and dirty with the facts on how to keep your furry friend looking fresh and clean to ensure a happy, healthy pup.
1.Do Not Bathe Dogs Too Often Some people think that the dog can clean the fur with his tongue and does not need to take a bath; while some people are afraid of the dog dirty, they often bathe the dog. Both methods are biased. Indeed, bathing a dog too often may deprive your dog’s skin of essential oils. We know that the dog’s hair is covered with a layer of oil that it secretes. It can both protect the skin and protect the skin, especially the long-haired dog. It can also make the dog’s coat soft, smooth and keep it tough and elastic. In the process of bathing, the bath used will definitely wash off the oil on the dog’s hair. If the bathing frequency is too frequent, the dog’s hair will become fragile, easy to fall off, and lose the waterproof effect, making the skin easy to become Sensitive, severe cases can easily cause cold or rheumatism. Of course, there is no hard and fast rule for the number of baths, which is generally based on the dog’s breed, cleanliness and weather conditions. Dogs don’t sweat like humans, so they don’t stink every day . they need less cleaning than us. No need to drag them in there every day. Their skin loses moisture fast and you can’t really slather some fancy body butter , although they’ll smell nice ,but it’ll be such a splurge. If you’ve got some flea powder or tick treatment oil on their coats, it may wash off and kind of waste your expensive visit to the vet. Also, too much showering makes their skin more vulnerable to frizzies, hair mats or dandruff.
2. The bath cycle If you own a hound or a dog that has an oily fur coat, you’ll have to shower with them frequently or at least once every two or three weeks, often just with lukewarm water! Make use of a portable dog washer. Dogs with smooth coats or shorter hair such as Weimaraner don’t need to be washed so frequently. These little creatures are rather particular about their hygiene themselves and you seldom have to give them a bath, a couple of times a year, or when they are really dirty. Some breeds have a natural water-repellent coat like the Great Pyrenees or the retrievers. You shouldn’t give them a bath unless prescribed by the vet as it is important to preserve their natural oils. You can simply groom them by giving them a thorough brushing frequently. For the beasts with double coats like the Northern breeds, Malamutes or the Samoyeds, extra brushing and very few baths are required. The vigorous brushing dislodges loose or dead hair to give way to a lustrous healthy coat. Plus, it also stimulates the hair follicles to secrete more oil that is then distributed evenly throughout the coat. Of course, if your dog is rather fond of the outdoors, lives in the country, chases after butterflies, rabbits or other critters and loves to jump in the mud puddles or swimming pool, then you’ll have to bathe them quite frequently. Frankly, a good sniff of your dog is all you need to decide whether your dog needs a shower or not.
3. Purpose of bathing The secretions of the dog’s sebaceous glands have an unpleasant smell. These secretions have the characteristics of oil and fat. If they accumulate on the skin and coat, plus the dirt on the body and the left after excretion. Excrement can make the coat tangled and give off a stench. In some hot and humid areas, if you don’t bathe your dog, it is more likely to cause pathogenic microorganisms and parasites. Therefore, bathing the dog, in addition to keeping the skin clean and hygienic, is more conducive to the health of the dog.
4. Things to be aware of when taking a bath
（1）Before the bath, you must first set up the fur, so that the tangled fur can be combed to prevent the tangles of the fur from becoming more serious, especially the parts that the dog is least willing to comb. In order to reduce and avoid the painful feeling of the dog during combing, the root of the fur can be held in one hand and the other hand can be combed.
（2）The temperature of the bath water should not be too high or too low, generally 36 degrees in spring and summer, and about 37 degrees in autumn and winter.
（3）Be sure to prevent the bath from flowing into the dog’s eyes and ears when taking a bath.
（4）Thoroughly flush the water. Do not let the foam of the bath stay on the dog to prevent skin irritation.
（5）Bathing should be best done in the morning or at noon. Do not bathe the dog in high humidity or rainy days.
（6）After the shower, immediately wipe the water on the dog’s body with a towel, then use a hair dryer to dry, do not let the dog after bathing in the sun to dry. Because the bath can remove a lot of oil on the coat, this will reduce the cold resistance of dog and the resistance of the skin to a certain extent. A cold and a heat can easily lead to a cold, which can lead to pneumonia.
（7）Try to use a pet-specific bath, because the pH of the dog’s skin is not the same as the pH of the human skin. The universal washing solution or bath is not suitable for the dog’s skin.
5. Bathing steps
（1）Before giving the dog a bath, wear a collar so that it is easy to control while taking a bath. This is not a good dog for regular bathing, but it is very effective for dogs who bathe for the first time.
（2）Use a cotton swab or a sliver ,do not use a cotton ball. If the dog licks his head during the bathing process, the cotton ball will fall off automatically. and plug the dog’s t-shaped ear canal vertically. Use chlortetracycline ointment on your eyes to prevent the ingress of bath and dirty water.
（3）If the dog is bathed in a tub or bathtub, the water should be 5-10 cm deep, and a non-slip mat can be placed in the bathtub to allow the dog to stand in the bathtub.
（4）Soak the dog’s body with proper warm water, gently comb the hair on the dog, let the dog feel comfortable and calm down, and prepare for the bath.
（5）First apply the bath on the back of the dog, lick from the back to the buttocks, foam the whole body, and finally wash the dog’s head, ears, chin, around the anus, limbs, soles, etc. It is important to avoid washing the foam into the dog’s eyes. Although the bath packaging on the pet store sells “not irritating to the eyes”, so far, there is still no 100% bath that the dog likes. So the only way is to be careful only. If your dog is taking a bath for the first time, or a type that doesn’t fit well when you take a bath, as you mentioned earlier, try using a collar to control the dog. In this case, while gently scrubbing, hold the dog’s collar with one hand, lest the dog jump out or get water everywhere.
（6）Start flushing. The direction of the flush is to clean the dog’s head and then the body. Rinse gradually from the head, don’t scratch your head and grab it. Where is it?
（7）Be sure to rinse the bath residue on the dog’s hair thoroughly. After confirming that the bath residue on the dog is completely washed, it is recommended to use the fur conditioner every time. The acid-base balance is good for thoroughly washing the remaining bath.
（8）Dry the dog with a large towel that can completely wrap the dog, remove the sliver from the dog’s ear, and wipe the ears. Wipe with a towel first, then blow dry with a hair dryer. If your dog is suffering from a skin disease, let the dog dry naturally without cold, because the heat of the hair dryer will further stimulate the itching of the affected area.
（9）After drying, please remember to groom the dog.
（10）Finally, clean the eyelids and ears of the GG with toilet paper.
6. Special tips for long-haired dogs
For long-haired dogs, it is not enough to simply blow them with a towel after drying them with a towel. You must use your fingers or a comb to blow the hair carefully to ensure that it is dry. When you blow, you should try the hot air from time to time, and confirm that it is not hot and then blow.
7. When can’t you bathe the dog?
（1）When the dog’s eyes, ears, skin, etc. are long or have a fever, and the appetite is not good, try to avoid bathing it. Puppies within 2.3 months and maternity dogs who are menstruating, pregnant or less than
（2）Months postpartum should be bathed when their physical conditions permit.Seven. Other bathing methods In addition to the dog’s wet wash, you can also dry clean the dog. Dry cleaning is only available for dogs that are not too dirty. The dry cleaning agent is a powder that removes excess oil from the fur and makes the fur more vivid. When using, sprinkle the dry cleaning powder into the dog’s hair and comb it with a comb.