Even without rolling around in dung, our dogs sometimes give off a odour that tickles our noses. While it is not necessary to wash your hairball frequently, hygiene should remain a priority. But getting your pet into the bathroom and then showering it is sometimes a challenge. Tips and methods for grooming in sweetness.
How often to wash your dog?
Washing your dog aims to remove dust, soil and other small plants that stick to his hair. It should be noted, however, that repeated baths eliminate the sebum which naturally protects its skin from external aggressions and thus risks promoting the appearance of skin diseases. Therefore, a dog should be washed only when he has it. need : if he smells bad, if he has taken a mud bath, rolled around in carrion or any other pestilential substance. For normal hygiene – and without damaging the skin of the animal – the recommendations are generally to space the groomings from four to six weeks minimum. Some veterinarians recommend a delay of two months when others advise six months. In the event that your dog has played in the sea, it must always be rinser after swimming, but without necessarily using shampoo. Even advice if he comes back dusty from a walk in the forest: a rinse with water may be sufficient or even a simple brushing to remove dry earth or leaves clinging to its coat.
What to wash your dog with?
It is strongly recommended not to use cleaning products for human (whether shampoo or soap) that couldassault the dog’s skin and coat. Not only does the pH of our skin (5.5) display a higher acidity than that of the dog (7 neutral pH), in addition, their epidermis is thinner and therefore more brittle. It is best to get a suitable shampoo from a pet store or from your veterinarian. There is a wide variety of products specifically for dogs: anti-odor, anti-allergic, insect repellents and pest control to fight against ticks and fleas. It’s up to you to choose the one that best suits your pet.
How to wash your dog in 6 steps
Whether in a shower or a bathtub and in order not to create apprehension in your pooch, washing should be carried out in several stages.
- The preparation. Gather in the shower tray or on the edge of the bathtub all the necessary equipment: brush, one or more towels depending on the size of your animal and the length of its hair as well as the shampoo. Place a mat or towel on the floor to anticipate getting out of the bath;
- Brushing. Bring your dog into the bathroom (using a treat if necessary) and close the door tightly to prevent him from taking the scampering. First, brush it to untangle its coat, remove dead hair and other residues. This will avoid clogging the siphon;
- Soaping. The ideal is to use a removable handshower to direct the jet more easily. First test the water pressure to make sure it is low as well as the temperature : the water should be lukewarm. Then, generously wet your dog all over the body – except the head – then soap. Start with the neck then work your way down to the chest, legs before moving to the torso. Massage deeply to lather the shampoo;
- Head cleaning. If your dog’s muzzle is dirty, wash it with a washcloth without soap to prevent the product from getting into their eyes. You will subsequently clean the eye area and ears with a damp cloth. If you use a special liquid, put it in the back of the ear, massage the base, then dry with a soft cloth. The cotton swab is to be banned.
- Rinsing. Always with lukewarm water, rinse your dog thoroughly, starting with the neck, then the chest and the paws. The removable handshower will help you remove all traces of soap in the undercoat, from its armpits to the pads;
- Drying. As soon as the water stops flowing, your dog will instinctively snort. Let him do it (so that he performs the first spin!) Then wrap him in a large clean towel and gently rub his entire body: back, stomach, paws … If your dog is not afraid of noise, use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. (Precautions: Set airflow and temperature to minimum and hold the hair dryer far enough from your pet to protect their skin). Keep your dog at theinterior until it is completely dry, on the one hand to prevent it catching cold (in winter) and on the other hand to prevent it from rolling around in the grass, a reflex that most doggies just been bathed. It would be a shame to reduce your efforts to nothing!
Reward your dog after washing it
Tadam! There you have it, your furball is clean, its coat shines and it smells good. After this stressful session for him, don’t forget to congratulate him warmly for his exemplary behavior. Reward him by offering him a treat once the shower is finished. The goal is to create an association positive with an experience that he does not find to his liking but to which he submitted to please his beloved master …