Dog Bathing – ‘How To’ Tips to Make it Fun

Dog bathing can be a challenge, particularly if you have a large dog and/or one that has long hair. A short haired dog is fairly easy to bathe, particularly if he is small. In today’s world there are many products that make dog baths a pleasant experience for you and your dog. Hopefully this article will give you a few tips that will be helpful.

A Few Tips to Remember About Dog Bathing.. Puppy Bathing – use a shampoo that is specially formulated for puppies. Start at an early age to get your dog used to being brushed and bathed. Always rinse thoroughly after washing. Shampoo residue can be very irritating to your pet’s skin. Do not use human shampoos on your pet, they are too harsh and have a different PH level. Fatty acid supplements added to your dog’s good diet will help maintain a healthy coat and skin. While some dogs enjoy the attention when having their bath others do not. If your dog is afraid of water and bath time is a battle, try one of the dry shampoos. There are many options for shampoos, choose one that is right for your dog. Wear old clothes, you will get wet. Be careful not to let fur go down your drain, use a simple drain screen to protect your plumbing from hair Clogs.

Dog Bathing – How often should You Bath Your Dog?

How often your pet will need a bath will depend on what type of activities your dog is involved in, wash your dog when it is needed. If the proper shampoo is used it will not harm your dog’s coat or skin to wash him on a regular basis.

Here are some guide lines:

When he has rolled in something nasty dog bathing is necessary; which is pretty obvious, just use your nose, that tell tale doggy smell will let you know it’s time for a bath. Use an antibacterial or deodorizing shampoo and follow up with a conditioner. If your best buddy has had a confrontation with a skunk, there are special shampoos for this type of odor. Simple doggy odor – use one of the many tearless dog shampoos on the market. **Note** If the smell is more than a doggy odor, it could be a sign of a skin disease, a problem with the ears, mouth or anal glands. Check with your veterinarian.

Dandruff – check with your vet or groomer to determine the cause and use the appropriate shampoo.

Allergies – a dog with itchy skin from allergies may find a bath soothing and help reduce itching. The use of a soothing oatmeal shampoo, a gentle hypo-allergenic or hydrocortisone-based shampoo in most cases should be helpful. Fleas, tics, mites, or lice – shampooing is one of the best ways to get rid of external parasites and there are many appropriate shampoos that will fight fleas and ticks on your canine friend that have proper pH balance while cleaning and conditioning your dog’s coat.