I think this is the most common question and the less correctly answered. I’ve heard some people saying just once a week or once a month, and even others saying just once a year. In case of hygiene, this is not a matter of opinions, it’s just a matter of health and it depends on different factors.
So, instead of telling you how often you should wash your dog, I’ll give you some clues to help you know when it’s the moment to do it.
- Some dogs tend to have an oily pelage, as Basset Hounds, and it’s recommended to wash them each month or biweekly.
- Other dogs, as Basenjis, who have a personal cleaning routine almost like cat’s, it’s not necessary to wash them so often, maybe three or four times a year is enough.
- Short hair dogs, as Beagles, can be washed each month or each two months.
- Impermeable hair dog breeds, as Labrador, do not need to be washed so often because they have to keep their natural oils.
- Furry dogs or with a double coat of fur, as Samoyeds, do not need a wash very often and it’s better that you use that time brushing their hair than giving them a wash with soap.
Of course, if your dog jumps into a puddle of mud as if it is a piggy, or it wallows in something disgusting, you will have to wash them.
When you don’t want to wash your dog with water and soap, remember that you can also give it a dry wash.
If you have not found the right dog shampoo, you can always make your own dog shampoo at home.
The majority of the owners wash too often their dogs, and that can cause them dry skin and itch problems. Most of the times they do that because of “dog smell”, but that does not mean that they need a wash. If you don’t want them to smell like that, you can make a dog perfume at home.
Now you know it, all depends on the body of your dog and its breed. Remember that you don’t have to wash them very often and that you need to find the right shampoo for your dog.
Have fun washing your little friend!