All dog owners know the smell. We love our dogs, but they are messy! And that dog odor can very quickly take over the whole house. Regular washing keeps dogs and allergy-prone humans healthy, making a happy home for everyone. So while dog baths may not be as fun as playing fetch or going on adventures, they’re an important part of being a dog owner. Without further ado, let’s discuss how to give a dog a bath.
It depends on the dog! Certain breeds that are bred for water, like Labradors, might love to swim the river, but hate the bath. Other breeds that are known for being skittish around water might find bath time relaxing. There’s only one way to find out!
Even if your dog doesn’t love bathtime, it’s important that he or she gets cleaned regularly. Dog-friendly sanitary wipes can help as needed, especially around paws and the tush. But cleaning the fur requires a proper dog shower or bath.
The short answer: Once a month or as needed. Other factors that play in when you should be giving a dog a bath include:
When all else fails, trust your nose! A stinky dog needs a bath.
So, how do you give a dog a bath? Set aside about an hour for the set up, wash, and dry. Bath time may take longer if you plan to do extra pampering. Allow around fifteen minutes in the bath. While you clean your dog, it’s not a bad idea to throw some of his toys in the bath or washing machine, too. Toss his dog blankets and bed in the washing machine so he can enjoy a clean space after the bath, to ensure cleanliness for longer.
The whole process of how to give a dog bath can turn into a luxurious at-home spa experience if your dog allows it!
Bath time is bonding time. Even if your dog is skittish around the water, it’s an opportunity to build trust with your pet. Whether you’re a first-time dog owner wondering how to give a dog a bath, or just want to upgrade your dog’s bathing routine, we’ve got all your pampering needs covered. Browse the Animals Matter collection of all-natural, vegan dog bath supplies to clean and moisturize your dog today.
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