You may be asking yourself how often you really should bath a dog, which is fine, but what shampoo are good for sensitive skin, and how to properly wash a dog who doesn’t like baths. First things first, dogs aren’t humans, so they don’t have a finite amount of bathing needs. In general, you shouldn’t bath them more than once or twice per year, especially if you live in a dry climate where the weather and climate conditions don’t affect your pet. Ask yourself: “Will my dog suffer from problems as a result of not being bathed as often?” If the answer is no, then it’s probably okay to give him a bath every couple of weeks to save yourself some trouble.
First, you need to get your dog in the appropriate mood for bathtime. Many dogs love to be snuggled up against you, but don’t fall asleep with them. You can help him to settle into a snuggly position by tossing a cotton ball into his bedding. After he’s done snuggling up, gently turn him over and give him a rub down. This will calm him down, and you’ll be able to get him in the mood to receive his bath.
If you’re concerned about making a mess, try using conditioner instead of shampoo. If possible, rinse the dog before you begin rinsing him off with the shampoo. Some dogs just don’t like to have their paws drenched with water, and if yours does that may be the easiest solution for you. Just rinse him off with cold water and then pat him dry.
Next, we’ll tackle rinsing and brushing. To clean his coat (beware of the word “bathe” as this suggests bathing), use a dog shampoo that’s specifically formulated to loosen and remove dog fur. Use a non-abrasive brush to brush his coat. Try to work the coarseness out of his coat, since any excess hair can be removed with a brush. Let him air dry or hang out until you are ready to bathe him again.
The next step is to rinse and dry him. For this step, you can either shower him with warm water or use a sink or bathtub. Whichever method you use, it’s important that you rinse his entire body at least once. If his skin is particularly sensitive, you should wait for it to air dry completely before shampooing him again. Use a mild cleanser or rinse without applying any conditioner, and apply a good moisturizer afterwards.
Rinse his fur off thoroughly. Any detritus or clumps of hair can be removed with a wire brush or a towel. If you get rid of everything, you may have to do it again. It’s better to get rid of the detritus so that next time you can properly shampoo your dog without it being a problem.
Next, you need to check your dog’s ears. If you see any signs of mites (or other problems), you should stop bathing your dog and get him checked out immediately. An ear infection can be very serious and needs to be dealt with right away. Most importantly, if your dog has an ear infection, don’t continue to wash his ears!
Finally, you need to decide whether or not you would like to use a dog shampoo or a regular shampoo. Using regular shampoo may help prevent buildup and clogging, but regular shampoos contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the coat. On the other hand, a dog shampoo can be very effective in removing loose dirt and debris from the coat. After you’ve done all these things and you still think you need a washcloth, just slip a towel into a plastic container and add about half a cup of warm water and mix it together well. Once you have that fluffy, clean dog coat you can continue to enjoy the wonders of pet grooming.