For many dog owners, from the inexperienced to the experienced, dog
grooming has been a very familiar term, in which dog bathing is included. Just like us humans, dogs also need bathing in order to maintain their hygiene, as well as to perform an overall check for any abnormalities.
So here comes the question: How often can I bathe my dog?
And the answer is: it depends! Probably the true question is not how often you can bathe your dog, but it is how often you should do it.
The rule of thumb is that too high or too low frequency is never good for your furry friend. In general, it is recommended that you bathe your dog at least once every three months. Of course, you can totally wash your dog more often, such as once every other week, but make sure that you use an appropriate type of shampoo that does not dry your dog’s hair and damage his skin. To be more specific than this general guideline, let’s take a look at a few factors that determine the frequency of dog bathing.
Your dog’s hair type plays an important in determining how often you should bathe your dog. If your dog has long hair, it is more likely for dirt and debris to get trapped in the hair. Thus, it easily gets grimy. In this case, you may want to bathe your dog more often. On the other hand, if your dog is a short-haired breed, it may not need to be bathed often since the hair is less susceptible to dirt. Before giving your dog a bath, you can do a quick brushing to remove excess hairs and tangles. Sometimes, even when your dog has short hair, those tangles trap in dirt and make the hair grimy. When that happens, you may want to wash your dog. So watch out for those tangles as well, because they somewhat determine if your dog needs a bath.
Does your dog play outdoor often?
If he or she does, then you would want to wash him or her more often. Obviously, when playing outdoors, your little friend is more exposed to dirt than when playing indoors. Dogs are energetic, so they tend to dig holes or roll around a lot on the grass, so if you want to keep them clean (but also to keep your house clean when bringing them inside), you can give them proper bath times. On the contrary, if your dog mostly stays indoors and enjoys time in-house, you may not need to wash him very often, in order not to damage his skin or hair.
Does your dog have allergies or special skin conditions?
If you answer “yes” to the question above, then the frequency of dog bathing really depends on your dog’s conditions. In some cases, they may need more frequent bathing, while in other cases, bathing too often does more harm than good. For allergies and skin conditions, you need to check with a veterinarian to make sure you know well which routine works best for your dog. Additionally, pay attention to the type of shampoo you use on your dog as well. You may look for hypoallergenic types so that they will not damage your dog’s skin or worsen his conditions.
So, in general, there is no exact answer on how many times you should bathe your dog per week or per month. You can look at the factors above to determine if your dog needs frequent bathing. Another way that you can do to decide is your own judgement. If you think that your dog starts to smell bad, or his hair starts to get grimy, give him a good bath time.
Another thing that you should keep in mind is that your dog’s skin does produce natural oils to maintain the hair growth, and your dog totally needs this. Therefore, too much washing may eliminate these natural oils, which eventually will damage your dog’s hair and skin. So, even when you want your dog to have great smell, be considerate when giving your dog a bath and do not overdo it!
In sum, it may seem like there is too much to consider when it comes to just dog bathing, let alone dog grooming. However, we all want the best thing for our little friends, so be persistent. It takes time to fully understand your dog and his health, and after a while, you’ll start to get a hang of it and you can totally rely on your judgement to determine how and how often you want to bathe your dog. Don’t forget that bath time is fun time as well, so take your time to enjoy it as much as your furry friend does.