New Dog Parents
How often do dogs need baths? How can I get mats out of their fur or decrease shedding?
Bathing is important, not only because it keeps your dog looking and smelling nice, but also for maintaining healthy skin and coat.
Read on for advice on how to bathe, brush, or groom based on your dog’s individual needs.
Some dogs love rolling in mud, swimming in a lake, or digging in the backyard. Some prefer a more placid lifestyle. Either way, they can still benefit from a bath every once in a while.
Here are some of the benefits that come from regular bathing and grooming…
The bathing needs of your dog are unique based on their breed, lifestyle, fur length, coat type, and more.
Here are some things to consider…
For most dogs, an average bathing schedule is every 1 to 2 months.
If your pup loves to play outside and get messy, he may need a bath more often. However, bathing more than once per week isn’t recommended. Unless it’s really needed, doing so can dry your pup’s skin and cause itching and dander.
Another option for cleanliness is “spot cleaning”. For example, if your dog’s paws are dirty, you should only clean his paws rather than giving a full bath.
If your dog is a breed that needs full grooming care (bathing along with brushing or haircuts), then you may want to use a professional dog groomer. This often includes breeds with long or curly hair.
It’s easy to see all options near you. Simply call your local pet store for recommendations, or use frommfamily.com to search retailers in your area and look for the grooming icon. You can also search the internet and find grooming shops, mobile groomers, and some veterinary facilities that offer grooming services. Look for reviews, testimonials, or “before and after” pictures.
Be sure the groomer requires your dog to be up to date on vaccines. That means all other dogs who could be in close quarters with your pup will also be up to date.
If your pup just needs a standard bath, you can do this at home, or seek the services of a groomer or veterinarian if you prefer to have someone else give the bath.
Throughout the whole process, be kind and gentle. Talk in a calm, soothing voice, and offer treats or praise. Make bath time a positive experience, and future baths are likely to be better for both you and your pup.
Start by gently towel drying. Then, keep your pup in a warm, draft-free area until totally dry.
You could also purchase a dryer designed for dogs. This option is safer and quieter than using a human hair dryer.
Many dogs don’t like the noise of human hair dryers, and if not used with caution—only on the lowest heat setting and held at least a foot away from your dog’s body—could result in burning your pup.
Short-haired dogs might not need this step. If your dog has long hair or a thick undercoat, they may need to be brushed.
Groomers can take care of this option for you, but if bathing and brushing at home, try these tips…
Some pups love water, while others never take to it. If your pup falls into the latter category, don’t worry. It’s normal for many dogs.
Even if bath time is never a fun experience, you can make it better with praise, a gentle tone of voice, affection, petting, and treats.
That way, your dog will still feel supported and loved throughout the whole process.
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