How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

Bath time struggles? Or are you one of the lucky few who’s pooch loves a wash down? Either way, I’m sure there are plenty of paw-parents who would like to know how regularly their fur-baby should get the rubba-dub-dub.

Generally, no more than once a week, but there are exceptions. There are a number of factors to consider (hair type, activity, breed, season) but I’ll make it super easy: canines with long hair generally need more bathing since their Loreal-worthy tresses collect debris easier. However, if your love-bug is a super chilled indoor dog then they could probably be bathed less often. For short-haired bundles of fur, they should be bathed less often unless they’re the canine version of Bear Grills, famous adventurer, and explorer.

Then you should probably bathe them after each escapade unless you are willing to sacrifice your furniture. Regular brushing of all hair types can reduce periods between baths, especially for seasonal shedders. Warning: washing your fluffy child too often can lead to nasty skin issues, so be wary. Use your best judgment and consider all the factors before deciding it’s bath time.

Start with a quick brush down before using SLIGHTLY warm water and dog shampoo (definitely don’t use human shampoo). Make sure to dry your now soggy pooch as quickly as possible, usually a large towel for short-haired types and a quick blow dry for longer hair. Be careful not to singe your baby, if it’s too hot for you it’s way too hot for your fluffy friend. Lastly, treats! Use these yummies to help difficult doggy’s overcome their bath time drama. There’s obviously nothing better than snacking in a bathtub, I’m sure we can all relate.

How often do you bathe your dog? Let us know in the comments how you get your dog to take his/her bath!

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