How often should I bathe my dog
If a dog has played nicely in the mud, swimming in a prutsloot or if he has been lying in a cadaver, he has to take a bath. That makes sense. Although a dog sometimes thinks differently about it. Usually dogs find themselves smelling wonderfully. But apart from these necessary washes, a dog’s fur does not have to be washed much. With one to four washes per year and regular good brushing, are often sufficient to keep the coat clean and beautiful. Not only the dirt but also the surf can be a good reason to put a dog in the bath. The warm, flowing water causes the loose fur hairs to come loose from the fur and be rinsed out of the fur. This prevents the fallen hairs from lying around the entire house.
Shorthaired dogs must also be washed
It is often said that a dog with a short-haired coat does not have to take a bath,
but that regular brushing would be sufficient to keep the coat clean. This is incorrect, even dogs with a short-haired coat sometimes have to take a bath. A lot of dirt also ends up in a short coat, which sometimes settles deep between the fur hairs. And this deep dirt can not be brushed out of the coat. To get this dirt out of the coat a good wash is necessary.
Was bad for a dog?
Washing the coat of a dog is basically not bad, as long as the coat is not washed too often or with the wrong shampoo. A dog naturally has a small, fatty sebum on its skin, which protects the skin from dehydration, infections and ensures that it stays supple. This oily layer of tallow is very important for a dog, and it is therefore important to reduce this layer as little as possible during washing. Always use a mild shampoo that has been specially developed for dogs. A special dog shampoo removes little fat from the coat and keeps the skin and coat in good condition. A dog that is washed too often or with a wrong shampoo will lose its coat shine and possibly get all kinds of annoying skin problems.
Washing a dog
The bathroom is the best place to wash a dog. A dog can be placed in the bathtub or in the shower cabin, after which the coat can be wet with the shower head. It is advisable to place a small rubber mat in the bathtub or the shower cabin, so that a dog does not slip during washing. It is also best to prepare the following items for the washing:
Shampoo and possibly a conditioner
The shower head or a small water sink
Big pile with towels
Brushes and combs
Hairblower or a hair dryer
As soon as all preparations for the washing are taken, the dog can be placed in the bathtub or shower cabin. Often it is useful to leave the collar (or to buy a special collar for showering), so that the dog can be properly held during bathing. Of course, the collar should not give off when it gets wet. Then wet the dog well with the shower head, or with the help of a small water litter. The ideal water temperature is 20 to 25 degrees.
As soon as the coat is well-wet, the dog shampoo can be applied. The dog shampoo can best be massaged against the hair, deep in the coat. This is best done by washing the fur from the tail towards the head, and the legs from the bottom to the top. Allow the shampoo to work for a short period and then rinse the coat thoroughly. By putting the coat in the shampoo again after rinsing, it is thoroughly cleaned.
Always ensure that no water or soap gets into the eyes, ears or dog’s mouth during washing. After the washes rinse the coat well and rub the coat dry with a towel. As long as a dog is held in his neck skin, he will not shake off. For drying the coat a hair blower or a hair dryer can be used, although not all dogs find this so pleasant. It is wise to keep the dog inside until the coat is completely dry.