Unlike humans, dogs shouldn’t take a bath every day. They have many important oils and serums on their coat and bathing them more than what is needed can strip them off all the vitals. So, how often should you bathe your dog? Let’s find out in the article below.
How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?
You can bathe them somewhere between once a week to once in 3 months. How often you bathe them depends on various factors like:
- The time of the year – bathe them less during the winter months and more during spring and summer
- Coat type and density – Dogs with a dense coat need more baths than thin coated or short haired dog. Subsequently, dogs with an oily coat should be bathed more often than dogs with a dry coat to prevent clogging.
- Activity levels – Dogs that spend more time outdoors playing in the mud and getting fleas and ticks need more baths than dogs spending time indoors.
- Allergies and infections – Dogs with skin allergies would need special ointments and may need to be bathed more than other dogs. However this tends to be a temporary phase and usually they can go back to their normal bathing schedule once the infection/allergy is fine.
- Age – Puppies younger than 2 months old shouldn’t be bathed and senior dogs should be bathed less often so as to prevent illnesses
Keep in mind that bathing them less often is way better than bathing them more often.
How Do I Know When My Dog Needs A Bath
Usually, the best way to tell if your dog needs a bath is the smell. Dogs have a doggo smell that usually comes when their fur has become too oily. They tend to keep themselves very clean but when they start to smell, it’s usually a good sign that they need a bath.
Another way to tell if they need a bath is if they have too many ticks and fleas on their fur. Flea contamination usually needs a special flea shampoo and constant bathing until the infestation wears off. Some doctors may give a strong liquid directly on their fur, and ask you not to bathe them for a few days.
A good pet parent usually won’t wait for parasites or mud and crust to build upon their fur and in most cases, knowing when to bathe your dog, relies solely on good judgement.
How Do I know If I Bathe My Dog Too Often?
When you bathe your dog too often, natural oils and serums are washed off their skin. The effects of over washing usually show with time.
Dogs that have too many baths get brittle fur and dry patches on their skin. You may see them itch too often. When you pet them it may feel like a brush.
Sometimes when there are other symptoms like scabs and cracks on their fur, or severe itching that draws blood, thinning of fur, it may be because of another underlying illness, in which case you should make an appointment with your vet.
How Do I Bathe My Dog?
Some dogs love water and others hate it. But most dogs hate baths. We will suggest to get them into the habit of bathing when they are really young. Puppies up to 8 weeks old are not able to regulate their body heat hence, you shouldn’t bathe them. You can give them a wet towel wipe instead.
When they turn 2-2.5 months old you can start bathing them. Most puppies are small enough to be bathed on the sink at this stage. Make sure the water is room temperature or lukewarm during the winters. Always check the water temperature before pouring it on them.
Make the experience pleasurable for them. If it’s not as scary for them, they are less likely to put up a fight the next time they need a bath. If you have someone who can help you, it will be great. One person can give them small amounts of treats while you bathe them.
Begin by drenching their coat with room temperature water. Lather the soap on their fur and make sure you are using a gentle soap made for dogs. Once they are nicely lathered, rinse them well to remove all the shampoo. Just like humans, leftover shampoo on the fur can lead to itchy dry spots.
Make sure they are completely dry before they go outside. Towel drying is the best option but if you have a furry dog, you can use a blow dryer to dry them faster.
The simple tips above will give them a pleasant bathing experience and they are far more likely to jump up on their toes the next time they have a bath.
We hope this article was helpful. How often do you bathe your dog? And do they enjoy baths? Let us know in the comments section below. We are always eager to know your thoughts.