While dogs don’t need daily scrub downs such as we do they do require regular bath–but how frequent depends on several factors, such as the puppy’s surroundings and type of coat. Your vet can provide you with advice on how much bathing is most appropriate for your dog.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Bathing once a month functions for most dogs.
- Dogs having an oily coat, such as Basset Hounds, might need bathing as frequently as once a week.
- Many short-haired strains with smooth coatings, like Beagles and Weimaraners, do just
- fine with less frequent baths. Short-coated Basenjis are fastidious in their hygiene and rarely need a shower.
- Breeds with water-repellent coats, such as Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees, should be bathed less frequently to maintain their natural oils.
- Dogs with thick, dual coats–like Samoyeds, Malamutes, and other Northern breeds–do best with fewer baths and a lot of extra brushing, which gets rid of loose, dead hair and helps distribute natural oils which keep your pet’s coat and skin healthy.
If your dog likes to go swimming, is obsessed with mud puddles, or lives in the country and does a lot of rolling in who-knows-what, then you may choose to bathe more frequently than if that same puppy lived in a condominium in the burbs.
Nevertheless, avoid bathing more frequently than genuinely mandatory, or you’ll strip your pet’s coat of its natural oils, which makes it dry and more prone to dandruff, frizzies, and mats.
A few shampoos may dry or irritate the pet’s skin more than many others, in which case you need to bathe less often or try another shampoo.
Fundamentally, the best way to judge when your dog needs a bathroom is to provide her with a great sniff. How does she smell to you? Not so good? Start running the water.
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