Most people bathe their dog when they notice that “dirty dog” smell. Dogs that spend more time outside typically need more frequent bathing. The ASPCA recommends that you bathe your dog at least once every three months.
Choosing the correct shampoo for your dog is important. You should not use a human shampoo on your dog, as it can be too harsh and is formulated with a different pH. A dog’s skin is more alkaline than a human’s skin. Using a human shampoo, which is more acidic, may cause your dog’s skin to become dry, leading to itching and irritation. Remember, a dog’s skin is also thinner and more sensitive than our skin.
A good dog shampoo will remove dirt and odor from your dog, but doesn’t strip the natural oils from your dog’s coat. Look for a gentle shampoo such as our Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Shampoo which is specifically formulated for pets, will not wash away flea and tick products, and will help moisturize dry and irritated skin.
In addition to selecting the right shampoo for your dog, it is also important to rinse thoroughly after shampooing. A leftover residue of soap can also be drying and irritating to your dog’s skin. After shampooing, regular brushing will help keep your dog’s coat free of dead hair, dirt and mats between shampoos.
How often to you usually bathe your dog?