How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

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If bath days are one of his least favorite days, and not very fun for all persons involved, it’s only natural to wonder how often to set yourselves and your dog up for this task. The answer is, it depends on you. Dogs are self-groomers. Although they may roll in the mud from time to time, they know how to take care of themselves in order to maintain healthy skin and facilitate the growth of new hair follicles. The answer to the question how often, usually depends on a few factors:

Indoors/ Outdoors?

Is your pet an active dog who loves going outside and rolling in things he shouldn’t be rolling in? Or is he a couch potato who loves to snuggle? If he’s a dog who frequently plays outside, then chances are, he’s going to need a bath more often than the dog on the couch.

Stink Factor 

Just like humans, some dogs tend to get stinky faster. So it all depends on whether bathing your dog makes him a less stinky or a more enjoyable companion. If your dog has normal skin, it’s recommended to bathe him once a month for general grooming.

Whether your furry best friend loves his bath days and hops in the bath willingly or he detests hem and fights you on every step of the way, here are a few tips that can help you on these days.

Don’t: Bath Him Regularly. 

As much as bathing is a necessity to your dogs, when done too often, it can damage their hair follicles, irritate their skin, and increase the risks for fungal or bacterial infections. So bathing your dog regularly is out of the picture.

Do: Wash His Head Last 

Dogs tend to shake off after they get their head wet. So it’s wise to wait until the end to wash his head. When bathing your dog, use dog shampoo or baby shampoo. Avoid the shampoo from getting into his eyes. Even when it says tear-free.

Don’t: Get Water Into His Ears. 

Not only is this uncomfortable, but this can also cause actual health problems. Avoid getting water into his ears.

Do: Take A Long Walk Right Before. 

Most dogs enjoy a dip in the water to cool off when they’re feeling hot. You could take this to your advantage! Walking raises his temperature, especially on a nice and sunny day. It’s important that he’s calm when taking a bath. If he’s not calm, it can be a hassle for everyone involved. For dogs, walking has a calming effect.

When this day rolls around, make it fun so that it can be an enjoyable time for you and him.