Has your dog started to smell? That’s usually a pretty good sign that they’re overdue for a wash. It doesn’t have to go that far, so here’s how you can work out a bathing roster going ahead.

Bathroom to a dog chow chow

Most healthy dogs will benefit from having a bath on a fortnightly basis. Obviously there’s room to move here, as all dogs differ in age, activity and fur types. So here are a few factors to take into consideration.

Fur type

Dogs with oily coats, such as Basset Hounds, should be washed every week. On the other hand breeds with water repellent coats such as Golden Retrievers require less washing. The same goes for dogs with thick coats – like Malamutes – who benefit more from being frequently groomed instead.

Indoors or outdoors

If your dog loves to run head first into creeks, splash across mud puddles and roll around in the dirt, then you will most likely need to wash them more often than an apartment-bound Maltese, for example. That said, you do share living quarters with the Maltese – so once again, it comes back to your tolerance.

Skin allergies

If your dog suffers from skin allergies, make sure you speak to your local Greencross Vets on how you can exercise better pet care come bath time. They may recommend a different washing schedule for your dog, or recommend a specific shampoo, one that may be a soothing shampoo or perhaps a medicated shampoo treatment. If your dog has sensitive or itchy skin, it’s important to consult your veterinarian because washing your dog with the wrong shampoo can cause more irritation to the skin.

Washing puppies

Introducing puppies to weekly baths is useful so they can become used to the bathing process from a young age. Using a non-soap based shampoo is recommended and Petbarn has a wide range of puppy shampoos and conditioners for you to choose from.

As a guide, try not to bath puppies more than once a month, as bathing removes natural oils that are produced in their coats. Grooming with a brush and comb in between monthly sessions will help keep your puppy’s coat clean.

A few quick tips:

  • Use grooming products, such as or dog bath wipes and brushes, to help keep your dog clean and tidy
  • Use treats to reward good bath time behaviour
  • Petbarn has over 70 DIY dog wash units across Australia for when your little pup outgrows the laundry sink
  • If wrestling your large dog into a small tub requires too much effort, Petbarn also provides wash and groom services.

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