How often should you bathe a dog: what to pay attention to

Alina MilsentLife
Bathing dogs

The frequency of bathing your dog depends on many factors, including the length of its coat, breed characteristics, daily habits, and weather conditions outside. Experts recommend bathing a dog at least once a month.

However, some breeds require more frequent baths. Breeds like Basset Hounds, Newfoundlanders, and Alaskan Malamutes benefit from being bathed more often, ideally once a week. Your Dog Advisor provides more information on this topic.

Different dog breeds have specific bathing needs

Smooth-coated breeds, such as Boston Terriers, Weimaraners, and hounds, do not need frequent baths.

Some dogs have a "water-repellent" coat, like Golden Retrievers, Irish Spaniels, and Otterhounds. These breeds have a special oil on their undercoat that helps protect their skin from dirt and allows them to dry quickly after getting wet.

Breeds like Australian Shepherds, Iberian Mountain Dogs, and Alaskan Huskies have a "double" undercoat. For these breeds, regular brushing is advised to remove dirt and debris, and they should be bathed only when necessary.

In any case, excessive washing can damage the protective coating on the skin, leading to issues like dry skin, redness, rashes, and dandruff.

Here are some basic tips for dog bathing

  1. Before bathing, brush your dog's coat, especially if it's prone to tangles. Tangles can trap water, potentially causing skin irritation.
  2. Choose the right shampoo, ideally based on your veterinarian's advice. Do not use regular shampoo meant for humans on your dog.
  3. Avoid using too much shampoo, as excessive foam can be challenging to remove. Any leftover soap can lead to dry and irritated skin.
  4. Use lukewarm water; avoid hot water, as it can be dangerous for your dog. Adjust the water temperature to be comfortable for your pet.
  5. After the bath, dry your dog's ears promptly to prevent water or soap suds from entering them, which can be harmful.
  6. Prepare towels in advance, placing one on the floor and using the other to dry your dog's coat.
  7. If you use a hair dryer, ensure it's set to cool mode to prevent burns or discomfort on your dog's sensitive skin. 

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