Here you can find out when and how often you really should bathe your dog and what you need to pay attention to!
Basically, the rule applies: as often as necessary, as seldom as possible! A dog should therefore only be washed if it is also heavily soiled. If the dog is bathed too often, it damages the dog’s skin. Puppies should not be bathed at all as their skin barrier is not fully developed. Brushing the dirt out of the fur is a sensible alternative. Read here what you need to watch out for if your dog needs to be washed.
This is how the dog is bathed
The best way to shower the dog is in the tub. To prevent the dog from slipping, put a rubber mat in beforehand. Set the water to a comfortable temperature before you shower your four-legged friend with it.
Be particularly careful around the eyes and nose: dogs can be sensitive here. In order not to damage the skin, it is best to use a mild dog shampoo – never a human shampoo. Avoid using fragrances as it could irritate your dog. The shampoo must not get into the nose, ears and eyes.
Then shower the dog thoroughly so that the coat is free of shampoo. Dried shampoo residue can dry out the skin and cause itching.
How the fur dries best
Rub your dog dry with a towel. In the summer months, the fur can also dry in the sun. If the dog is used to a hair dryer, you can also blow dry it. But be careful: it must not be set too hot.
In winter, you should only wash your dog in exceptional cases. The skin of dog breeds without an undercoat, such as poodles or Dalmatians, is already more sensitive during this time due to the cold temperatures. If your dog has had a mud bath over the winter, be sure to towel dry it and comb out the dirt.
Long-haired breeds need to be bathed even in the cold season. Wash your dog in the evening to allow the coat to dry overnight.