When and How to Properly Bathe Your Dog, Pt.1
Your dog has dirt all over its coat and is starting to smell. The time has come for your worst fears to be realized. It’s bathing time.
You might have experienced your dog running away or splashing water all over you during baths. This is because most pet owners do not know how to bathe dogs properly or how often to bathe them. As a result, some choose to give up and keep their dogs dirty. However, a clean dog is a healthy dog, and the proper bathing schedule helps maintain their overall skin and coat health while keeping them comfortable. Also, in the summer, bathing can help kill fleas and ticks in their body and relieve irritation from bites. So today, let’s make bath time fun again by learning about how often you should bathe your dog with the proper techniques.
How Often to Bathe Your Dog: Well… It depends
Because there is no one-size-fits-all answer, pet owners find difficulty determining how often they should bathe their dogs. The most accepted answer is once a month, but this can also change depending on factors such as breed, activity level, environments, and more. Let's start with the breed because it's a good starting point.
Furthermore, if your dog is outdoorsy, enjoys rolling around in dirt, grass, or mud, and becomes dirty quickly, it’s recommended to give more frequent baths. However, if baths seem to overdry your dog’s skin, you should lessen the frequency.
A rule of thumb is to wash them once a month unless they smell or look dirty. With trial and error, it's your job to flexibly adjust how often to give a bath depending on your dog’s activity level and how its skin reacts. There is no straightforward answer, but we’re sure you’ll figure it out.
Important Tip: Do not over-bathe your dog as it can feel very uncomfortable. Dogs need to maintain a certain amount of oil to keep their coat and skin healthy.
Steps on How to Bathe Your Dog: It’s not that hard following these instructions.
After you figure out how often to bathe your dog, let’s get to the actual work.
Now that you’ve learned all about how to bathe your dog, it's time to put your knowledge to the test. We wish you luck in your upcoming bathing session.