It all depends on several factors which will be researched in the article below. Off we go to the question of how often should you wash your dog?
How Often to Wash a Dog?
Several factors actually dictate the frequency of washing for your dog. They may again differ among all the breeds. Therefore, you should consult a veterinarian to learn about the most adequate and accurate washing timeline for your pets. How often should you wash your dog:
- Hair length/coat. Answer the question – how long is the hair of your dog? If long, it is most likely to get much dirt and debris after each stroll or even at home. A long hair requires frequent washing, however, it does not mean that you should organize a whole washing journey. No, just spray a dog’s hair, and comb it trying to find any dirt. If a short hair, everything is easier, such dogs do not require any frequent washing;
- Lifestyle. Dogs that live mostly outdoors and get in trouble for messing the garden should be cleaned a lot. They tend to hide in holes, or even jump to the swimming pool. If your dog prefers a sedentary lifestyle, it is most likely to be clean all the time;
- Allergy conditions. A large number of dogs are linked to having an allergy or some skin irritations. In their case, a dog owner should organize cleaning procedures as frequently as the veterinarian advised. It helps to avoid any inflammation, deterioration of the allergies, among others;
So, how often should you wash your dog? Based on veterinarian recommendations, the washing should occur once in three months on average. If your dog always gets dirty or has certain medical conditions, the washing is possible every week however with a gentle shampoo or solutions recommended by the veterinarian. Some people do also believe that you should wash a dog whenever it develops a bad smell. Yes, it sounds logical, however, again only a dedicated doctor may recommend you the best frequency. The only rule which you should follow is to avoid everyday washing and avoid human shampoo. These two things may lead to major health outcomes. Use only designated solutions for dogs’ coat care.
How to Wash a Dog?
Sorry to bother you with the same advice, however, it is again best to address your inquiry for instructions for washing to a veterinarian. If you believe that you do not need any professional help including grooming services, you may find tutorials on YouTube or even search engines. To facilitate your craving for such information, below you may find some tips on how to wash a dog without any trouble.
Before starting washing, ensure you have dogs’ shampoo. If you have a puppy, there are shampoos for small puppies as well. If you have no dogs’ shampoo, please do not try to wash a dog with your own product. It is better to visit a designated saloon for such procedures. Off we go!
- Carefully put your pet in the washing station (it may be a designated place or your own bathroom/shower). If your dog is scared, give some treats, and demonstrate that you are with it and won’t leave it.
- Take some shampoo and dilute it with water. Diluting helps to make liquids spread better.
- Start wetting your dog with a small amount of water. Double-check the temperature, it should not be either too cold or too hot. When your dog understands that the water is not an enemy, wet it all.
- Apply the shampoo to the dog. In total, you should do it twice since the first application removes the oil and dirt only, while the second one helps to make it smooth and clean overall. It’s best to use a loofah sponge to apply the shampoo. Ensure to not miss the feet, armpits, and belly areas of your dog since there might be too much debris.
- Massage your dog while applying the shampoo. Your dog should relate such an experience to something fun and pleasant. Then, the next time, you won’t be scared to enter the bathroom and wait patiently until you are done washing them.
- Apply the conditioner, and leave a dog for a while with it.
- Wash down all the products. Ensure the shampoo is out by scrubbing the body of the dog. If you leave some soap, there might be some irritations.
- Leave a dog to dry. Give it some treats. Some dog owners like to stay with dogs together and make them dry with a towel massage. Note, it varies among breeds whether they would like such a drying, or prefer to do it themselves.
As you may see the process is very easy and does not require anyone’s help. Of course, if you have an extremely big breed, you might occasionally need assistance. If you believe such a process is hard to handle, it is always better to rely on grooming professionals, especially in the summer when the dog struggles from heat and sweat as well. You may either choose a dog hotel or find a groomer in your area who has a specialisation in making animals look clean and beautiful.
Note, if you live in scorching areas with no rain or any other bad weather, and your house has a big outdoor area, ensure to create some space for dogs out there. You may allocate water pipes that will periodically spray all your pets, hence, they won’t struggle from heat much. And, do always overlook the sources for portable water for them. During the summers, your dog should drink a lot of water to not get dehydrated.