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A Clean Pup is a Happy Pup: The Do's and Don'ts of Washing Your Dog

Updated: Feb 26

Dogs love to play and have fun, but all that running around can get them pretty dirty. That's why it's important to give them a bath every once in a while. But how often should you wash your dog, and what are the safest and healthiest products to use? And what can you do if your furry friend is afraid of baths? Don't worry, we've got you covered!

First of all, how often you should wash your dog depends on their breed, coat type, and lifestyle. As a general rule, most dogs can be bathed every 4-8 weeks. However, if your furry friend has skin sensitivities, you should consult with your veterinarian for guidance.

When it comes to products, look for ones that are safe and gentle, and free from harsh chemicals and fragrances, e.g., sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Opt for dog-specific shampoos and conditioners that are pH balanced for their skin. And remember, less is more! Over-bathing can strip the natural oils from your dog's skin and fur, making them dry and itchy.

Now, what if your furry friend is afraid of baths? It's important to make the experience as positive as possible. Start by getting them used to the sound of the running water and the feeling of being wet. You can do this by slowly introducing them to the bathtub and giving them treats (or a licky mat with frozen peanut butter or baby food) . Then, when it's time for the actual bath, use a gentle and calming tone, and make sure the water is warm but not too hot.

In conclusion, washing your dog is an essential part of their grooming routine, but it's important to do it in a safe and gentle way. So, grab the shampoo and conditioner (conditioner is a must) and get ready for a clean and happy pup!

Woofs 'n wags,

The Volunteer Team

Photo by Autri Taheri on Unsplash

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