How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

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It is funny, as much as people ask us about breeds regularly, we also get a lot of questions about how often you should bathe your dog. Some people seem to want to do it too much, and some folks seem to do it too little. Truth is, it is not like humans where you need to assume the dog should wash a couple times a week or once a day or anything like that. The truth is, the question, much like most dog questions, relies around breed and level of activity.

Here’s the first thing that blows people’s minds. Washing a dog is a selfish act. Granted, we don’t mean you are selfish for wanting to do it, but unless your dog has a skin condition, you don’t NEED to wash your dog. We wash our dogs to make them more pleasant company for us. That is what I meant by selfish. It is an act we do for ourselves, and not so much them.

Here are some basics to help guide you when it comes to how or when you bathe your dog.

Once a month if a good basic guideline to follow.

Factor in how much your dog plays and where it gets most of its activity.

Use a dog friendly shampoo. Just because you like the brand you use on your hair, does not mean your dog will like it or that it is good for him or her.

Baby shampoo is often a safe and inexpensive alternative that will be safe for the dog (and often smell great)

Above all else, remember, there are dogs who (believe it or not) do not get washed at all and they can still smell fine. People often bathe their own dogs for their own sakes. But also, know, there is nothing wrong with that. I wash my dog twice monthly, and we seem to have a nice thing going. He smells better, and we both feel better about that. But remember, there is no right or wrong, as long as you are following all the proper safety measures to ensure it is good for your dog, too.

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