Take the Hassle Out of Bath Time
As you carefully trace the muddy paw prints through the house, you eventually stumble upon the culprit - covered in dirt, with his favourite bone, retrieved from one of his many hiding spots. Dread sets in and you recall your previous attempts at grooming and the chaos that ensued.
Bath time can sometimes be a daunting task but it’s an essential undertaking for your pup’s wellbeing. Here’s a quick rundown on proper bathing protocol, along with some tips for making bath time manageable and dare we say, maybe even enjoyable!
How often you bathe your dog is dependent on a variety of factors such as breed, temperament, hair length, coat type, activity level and underlying skin or health conditions. As a general rule of thumb, most dogs require a bath only once a month. If you have an active dog, who always seems to find its way into messy situations, you might need to up this number to twice a month or assess on a case by case basis. This remains true if you have a long-haired dog, who frequently experiences knots or if your dog has been diagnosed with a skin/health condition that requires more attention.
Just as most things in life, too much of anything can be harmful. Unless you’re instructed to do so by your vet, you should never give more than 3-4 baths per month. Regularly exceeding this number can lead to skin irritation, damaged hair follicles and an increased risk of fungal and bacterial infections.
Finding the right shampoo
Like humans, dogs can experience adverse reactions to certain types of grooming products. When searching for the best shampoo for your dog, it’s important to identify their needs and avoid harsh chemicals that can lead to irritation and hair loss. A well-maintained coat contributes to the overall health of your pet, so investing in quality shampoo is important and well worth it! Try to buy organic and stay away from artificial colours, perfumes, preservatives and other potential irritants.
Cue the rubber ducky
Dog's like bath toys, too! Incorporating water-friendly toys can do wonders and help distract them from the grooming process. Combining this with their favourite treats will help calm your pet and instil positive bathing etiquette, by rewarding their good behaviour.
A not-so-obvious tip is making sure that your bathtub has a non-slip surface so that your dog isn’t sliding around. This makes your job a lot easier and also prevents harmful accidents from occurring. Many experts suggest using lukewarm water and brushing your dog before the bath, to remove tangles. Finally, your dog has a keen sense of awareness and picks up on your energy, so try and remain collected and talk to him/her in a relaxed and reassuring manner.
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