How often should one bathe their dog
Human skin and dog skin are different in many ways and using human products on dogs can often dry out and damage their skin. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before deciding how often to bathe your dog:
- If your dog lives indoors and sleeps with you and is allowed on furniture, you may want to bathe him regularly from anywhere between once a week to once a month. The only tradeoff is that your dog’s skin might be marginally drier but you will have a fresh smelling dog to cuddle with.
- The breed of dog is also important because a harsh textured coat often repels dirt and wont get as dirty as a soft-coated dog. Breeds with harsh-textured coast include Shelties, Collies and labs and they can be bathed once a month. Dogs without undercoats like Maltese, Yorkies, Afghans and Shitzus should be bathed once a week. If you’re not sure, remember, a clean dog is a happy dog!
- Unlike humans who absorb most environmental allergens through their noses and mouths, dogs tend to absorb allergens through the skin. Weekly bathing can prevent itchiness, washing allergens away before they get a chance to penetrate the skin.
In conclusion — the answer for MOST dogs is to wash them every 2-4 weeks depending on the above circumstances. But remember, use a gentle pet shampoo and conditioner and do not use your own shampoo!