The snow has cleared and we’re about ready to crack our windows open again – the time is now for spring cleaning. You might be planning to tackle your apartment, your car, maybe your garage and basement, but what about your dog? Don’t let the new season start without getting your bestie ready for the warmer weather, too. Here’s what you need to know about bathing your dog… with minimal chaos.
How often should you bathe your dog?
For most dogs, bathing once every one or two months is sufficient. Dogs need to maintain the natural oils in their skin to keep their coat shiny and healthy and protect the skin (which is much thinner than ours). That said, different breeds have different bathing needs. Long-haired dogs will ideally be brushed, groomed and washed more frequently, as their fur just picks up more debris and odours. Short-haired dogs require less frequent bathing, as most dirt is taken care of after brushing.
Get you the right basic tools: Dog shampoo, brush, and towel
Having the right tools – a quality dog shampoo, a proper brush, and a dedicated towel, will make time spent bathing all worthwhile for both you and your pup. Grab our Dog Shampoo which is biodegradable – so you can use it outside or inside, chemical-free and ideal for frequent use. It’s also got aloe vera and olive oil to help your dog maintain a healthy coat and skin. To use, refer to our straightforward instructions.
If your dog has very long hair, you’ll need to brush before bathing so you get any tangles out – and you may need to brush again afterward to prevent more from forming. A large, absorbent towel for drying off your dog makes post-bath clean-up simpler.
Pointers to keep bathing stress to a minimum
- When shampooing, lather from the neck down. Massage down your dog’s sides, back, front legs, back legs and tail area so you avoid the ears and eyes, and don’t alarm them.
- Use a bucket or bowl to help rinse off shampoo evenly, if you don’t have a removable shower head.
- Use a washcloth on the face so you can be more delicate. Eyes, nose, mouth are sensitive areas. Your dog will react more strongly when soap and water is near.
- Use cotton balls for your dog’s ears so you prevent water from entering – this will ensure you avoid ear infections.
- Dry right. Some people swear by using blow dryers, but of course, if it’s loud or too hot, it could be startling. Using a towel to dry your dog off works. Whichever you choose, be prepared for the inevitable shake as your dog dries off.
- Treats, toys, and affection all make bath time more positive, and, of course, your calm! Staying calm and assertive will keep your dog feeling assured.
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