Baths can really help to take care of your pet dog. Bathing your dog will help to remove the dirt and the other harmful things that may have been attached to it. You can bathe your dog at least once every four weeks. When you bathe your dog, make sure you bathe it as a routine so as to keep its fur and coat healthy and colorful as well as soft and smooth.
How often should your dog be bathed?
Dogs don’t need to be bathed every time they get dirty. They only need to be bathed if they are extremely dirty. When it comes to routine baths, you should bathe your pup at least once every three months. Bathing too often can dry out their skin and cause it to crack, which makes them more likely to get infections.
If you bathe your dog too often or use the wrong shampoo, you can also wash away the healthy oils from its skin and coat. This makes their fur less effective at repelling dirt, water, and odor. They’re more likely to track dirt into the house on their paws and leave a mess in the house.
The risk of drying out your dog’s skin is especially high for small dogs that have curly hair, short-haired dogs, and pooches with a lot of fur around their eyes. That’s because these regions don’t have many oil glands.
Therefore, unless it is not quite necessary, try to stick to the routine.
Determine where your dog will be bathed
If you have a puppy, start them out by bathing them in the sink. The sink is the easiest place for everyone involved. Older dogs such as Pitbull puppies can either be bathed in the bathroom or outside, depending on your home’s setup.
When you are figuring out where your dog will bathe, keep in mind that some dogs are attracted to water and will tend to follow it. If you do not want your dog to enter the bathroom while you are showering, make sure that there is no way for them to get into the bathroom. Get them a bathtub, suitable sink, or washing station and stick to it.
Brush your dog before bathing
As a general rule, give your dog a good brushing before you bathe him. This will get rid of a lot of loose hair and reduce the amount of shampoo needed. A bathtub is a good place for big jobs. You can put down a drop cloth to keep things from getting soapy, and also protect the tub itself from sharp toenails.
Do not bathe your dog with soap. The shampoo is fine, but soap tends to be drying to the skin. And do not use flea shampoos or insecticides on your dog. Such shampoos are effective in killing fleas and ticks, but they can also cause allergies and even cancer in dogs.
Long-haired dogs shed a lot of furs when they get wet. If you decide to wash a long-haired dog, make sure to brush it before you do so that any loose hair is removed before it gets wet. This will prevent the hair from being damaged by the shampoo and rinsing off easily in the water.
How to give your dog a bath (including your Pitbull pup)
Here are steps on how to wash or bathe your dog:
- Get all of your supplies together. You will want shampoo, baby shampoo (if you have a puppy), a dog conditioner, towels, a blow dryer for older dogs, and a brush.
- Brush your puppies before getting them ready for the bath.
- Next, wet your dog with warm water (ensure the water is not hot).
- Shampoo your dog twice. Lather up your dog’s fur with shampoo. Apply conditioner to your dog’s hair and keep it on for a few minutes before rinsing it out. Then rinse it off really well and say – “It’s done!”.
- At last, towel him or her and give them a blow dryer if necessary.
Keep in mind
- You should always use a dog-specific shampoo or a gentle baby shampoo on your dog. Human shampoos contain chemicals that are too harsh for a dog’s skin and can cause irritation and dryness. Human shampoos generally do not contain the proper pH balance to be used on animals.
- Once you get past the idea that somehow, magically, the dog will understand your human language and obey your spoken commands, it is not hard to figure out how to bathe your dog.
- Talk to your dog about bath time before you actually get started. Tell them what you are going to do and why it is important to be clean! This will help ensure that they won’t be afraid when it comes time for their first bath.