Pet care is one of the many aspects of dog ownership that is still not as easy as most people assume it to be. Sure you can pretty much take care of all his needs and give him the best nutrition you want, but you also need to take care of his hygiene.
Bathing your dog is one of the many important aspects of pet care.
Bath your dog at least once every three months but no more than once a week! Obviously, if your puppy loves to roll around in mud (hopefully it’s mud), it’s ok to shower him more than once a week… Just make sure .not to use “aggressive” shampoo – just plain water
It is vital, especially if your dog is one of the furless kind. Keeping him clean while making sure his coat is clean is one way of maintaining a healthy doggy.
A healthy Canine is likely to have a smooth and shiny coat, and the other benefit is that when he is clean, his skin is free of any irritating and/or flaky substances.
Some dogs are sensitive to inflammation, so you may want to start with his bathing in the summer months instead of winter.
Like poodles, other dogs have double coats too, so you will need to separate the fur.
You will want to use a soap-free shampoo if you bathe your dog. It is important because shampoos are generally loaded with chemicals that can dry out your dog’s skin.
If you wouldn’t put it in your dishwasher, why would you want to put it on your dog?
Some dog shampoo brands have unusually high sodium levels, so they should not be used to bathe your dog unless you are 100% sure that the brand is to be trusted.
The brand containing sodium should be avoided at all costs. Also, make sure that you don’t use a shampoo to be used for humans when bathing your dog.
For example, some brands contain chamomile, which is too harsh for a dog.
So be careful when shopping for shampoo. Some shampoos can irritate a dog’s skin when applied too thickly or applied to his delicate skin.
It is better to err on the side of not using a shampoo that you know has irritated your dog’s skin. The baths’ frequency will vary depending on your dog’s breed/size and skin and coat condition.
A dog with longer hair may require a bath as often as every 3-4 weeks, coupled with being dirty and needs a good brushing.
The other consideration for longer haired dogs is that their coats are not brushed every day; they need to be dried and combed after every bath.
Medium-haired dogs do not dry entirely, which means they need to be dried and combed weekly. In choosing what you think will make bathing your dog easier, consider the following:
o Avoid using shampoos and conditioners that contain Anise oil or eucalyptus oil. Anise oil can cause skin irritation. It is also toxic for cats, so never apply it to them.
o Brush your dog before his bath. Brushing will help remove the dead skin cells and hair. This will help skin circulation and kill bacteria.
o Take a bath with the least amount of water as possible.
o Wet your dog’s coat thoroughly before putting him in the tub. As much as possible, remove all the sand & dirt.
o You can single-handedly do the whole process of drying your dog with a blow dryer, right after rinsing, brushing, and drying him.
Brushing your dog regularly is essential to his health and well being. It stimulates the skin cell system and helps to bring down areas of skin infection. Brush your dog’s coat at least weekly.
There are safe puppy rinses especially designed for bath time. This way, you save lots of water and little mess for you and your family.
If you have never used a puppy rinse, introduce him to this new gentle way of grooming his coat. Brush your dog before his bath.
You will remove dead hair and skin. Let the water get all the dead skin and hair first, and then add in the shampoo.
Gently massage your dog’s coat. Make sure you get the hair inside the coats before you start shampooing. Before washing your dog, get him used to constant contact with the water.