Bath time should be a fun time for both you and your pooch. Unfortunately, not all dogs appreciate their owner’s good intentions or are aware of the fact that they stink and need some washing. Hence, try not to make bath time too stressful for you and your dog. Also expect to get very, very wet.
When bathing your dog, avoid washing his head and ears first because he’ll want to shake them right away and you’ll get soaked, so leave those last. In addition, be careful not to get too much water in his ears to avoid infections. Symptoms of an ear infection are regular discharge and shaking of the head.
How often you bathe your pooch actually depends on his breed. If he’s a very hairy type such as a Cocker Spaniel, then he should be bathed once every six to eight weeks. Keep in mind though that regardless of breed, washing a dog too frequently will cause his skin and coat to lose their protective character.
It’s probably not a good idea to bathe any dog too often because their sense of identity comes from their smell and too much washing can result in distress and confusion. Of course, there will be exceptions to the rule, such as when your pet makes a mess due to possible digestive issues or when he has rolled around in goodness knows what and noses from a mile away can smell him.
Avoid soaps that are intended for human use as the ingredients aren’t suitable for canines. Always use products that are made for dogs and practice caution when trying something new.
If you’ll be washing your dog in the bathtub, have everything (shampoo, conditioner, towels) in one place and ready before you begin. You don’t want to leave your pet and go to another room because you forgot the towels. You know very well that when you return, he’ll be out of the tub and the floor and walls will be wet. Don’t make it difficult for yourself!
Some dogs love to be sprayed with water in the garden especially on hot summer days, and many enjoy swimming in pools or natural bodies of water, but somehow they seem to dislike getting in a bathtub. So good luck to you!