Grooming Series #1: How to Bathe your Dog

How often should I bathe my dog?

As a groomer I’m commonly asked  “Why / how often should I bathe my dog?” or, “I took the hose to my dog after swimming in the river, isn’t that enough?”. I generally answer by explaining that bathing your dog frequently and properly is an important pillar of a holistic approach to ensure your dog’s wellbeing.

Dog’s skin cells reproduce every month. Without frequent baths dead skin cells can build up and cause an excess of dander. Regular bathing helps to keep your pet’s coat healthy and free of pollutants & bacteria. Most dogs benefit from a monthly bath.

Regularly Bathing your dog will also clean away debris, dirt, and environment pollutants.

What kind of shampoo do I use?

Human skin has a different PH Level than dog skin which requires specific products to avoid skin/eye irritation and ensure a thorough cleaning. Choosing a pet specific shampoo is essential to make sure your pets benefit from their bath instead of harming them as shampoo that is made for people can have an excess of dyes and fragrances which irritate your pets’ skin. Human shampoo will also leave your dog’s fur looking dull and lifeless.

Your groomer can recommend shampoo formulations that are appropriate for your dog’s coat.

When choosing a shampoo for your dog you should keep in mind that if your dog has bacterial skin issues, yeast problems, or dermatitis, you should consult your Vet to pick the right formula.

Am I using the proper technique?

When bathing your dog it is important to follow these steps to ensure your dog comes out nice and clean

  1. Get your dog in the bathtub or washing station (coax with treats if dog is hesitant!);
  2. Dilute the shampoo in a warm bowl of water to create more suds and help you spread the product evenly; 
  3. Wet your dogs coat with warm water (double check the temperature); 
  4. Wash your dog twice. The first wash will remove the dirt and debris in your dog’s coat while the second time washes the skin and removes any leftover oils or debris; 
  5. Use an approved dog conditioner;
  6. Rinse until all the product is dissolved(leftover product can leave your dogs’ skin feeling itchy); and
  7. Towel dry or use a blow dryer on the lowest setting depending on how long your dog’s coat is. 

Can you just do it for me?

At Urban Pets we care about your pets’ well being and strive to offer exceptional service every time.

We now offer a monthly Bath and Tidy subscription service to help you care for your pet on a schedule that works for you. When you subscribe to our monthly bath plan, you get 3 free baths every year!

Too expensive?

If you or your pet feel more comfortable with you bathing them we now offer a Self Serve Bathing Station on Sundays and Mondays! Drop by and say hi!


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