This is a common question for most dog owners .
This is especially true if you are a new dog owner or you are caring for a puppy. Of course, you don’t want to accidentally “hurt” these fragile cute furballs.
In this article, we are going to cover how many times you should bathe your dog or puppy, and a few important things that you should know about the subject.
The question may be simple, but there is no clear-cut answer. However, these are the two critical factors that you should consider: …
Two Factors To Consider
- Breed Of Your Dog
- Preference Of Your Dog
However, there is something else that you should know that is very important.
Bathing with soap is a human thing. Humans may need it, but dogs really don’t. Dogs are able to clean themselves perfectly fine. The biggest reasons why pet owners bath their dogs is for human reasons (they don’t want their dog to smell bad or scatter dirt and germs around the house); and not for the dog reasons. Now that we cleared that, let’s cover those two factors again.
Breed Of Your Dog
Dogs differ in terms of kinds of fur they have. Some have long coats and some have an undercoat. Generally, dogs with long furs may need more frequent bathing to stay clean. Some dog breeds also produce a unique pungent odor. If you don’t like the smell, you may have to bathe your dog more often.
Preference Of Your Dog
Another thing to consider is the way your dog sees your bathing session. Some dogs like to bathe in water, so you can bathe them more liberally. For dogs that are traumatized by the idea of bathing, you may want to minimize the activity. Also, be sure to give lots of treats and affection after bathing.
Rules Of Thumb
Generally, do not bathe your dog more than once a week. Some dogs can go for a year without bathing and its won’t is a health issue. If you bathe your dog more than once a week, you run the risk of removing the natural oils in the fur; and this may cause a few negative effects for your dog.