Why Your Dog May Need Fewer Baths Than You Think

by Felesha Scott

Dogs groom themselves to help promote the growth of hair follicles and to support skin health. Bathing is needed for most dogs to supplement this process. Most dogs will tolerate being washed without sedation, but some tips can make it easier.

Perhaps the simplest, and the most obvious idea is to use warm water rather than cold. It’s not surprising that most dogs will struggle and try to escape when cold water is used to bathe them. Pour warm water over your dog’s body, and you’ll find that they are much more likely to stand still and will often enjoy the bathing process.

There’s nothing quite like burying your nose in your dog’s coat when he smells clean and fresh! But of course, to get there, you have to find the perfect shampoo for their fur.

Factors Affecting Bath Frequency

The more hair your dog has, the more work is involved, including the frequency of his bath. If your dog has medium-to-large coats, a bath could be needed from weekly to every 4-to-6 weeks, as long as the coat is appropriately maintained in-between baths.

To determine how often you should be bathing your dog, use your discretion and some common sense. You may want to wash a dog that has a particularly potent natural scent or one that spends a lot of time outside about once a month. If you have a mostly indoor dog, however, he may only need to be bathed once every couple of months.

Avoid bathing your dog more frequently than necessary, or you’ll strip your dog’s coat of its natural oils, making it dry and susceptible to dandruff, frizzies, and mats. Some shampoos may dry or aggravate your dog’s skin more than others, in which case you should bathe less regularly. Try using waterless shampoos or try an alternate shampoo.

The consensus is that bathing your dog on a weekly basis is beneficial as the process can help augment your dog’s natural grooming behaviors. If your pet happens to venture into an area that gets it very dirty, you can quickly clean the dirty parts with a waterless shampoo or wipes. If your canine friend happens to have short hair and is relatively clean, bathing him once a month should suffice.

How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog if He Frequently Goes Outside?

Samoyed Dog Outside

If your dog gets outside daily, maybe shower once a week. Dogs who spend most of their time inside may only need to be bathed a few times a year to control natural doggy odors. If you don’t have the time, space or desire to wash your dog at home, there is nothing wrong with having an expert do it for you.

For regular baths, use Oatmeal-based shampoos for your pets. Dogs can have negative reactions to some shampoos, even if they’re specifically made for them. Make sure that you know the signs of a skin reaction (red, itchy skin and hives). Additionally, if your pet ingests the shampoo that can cause him to vomit, drool and have decreased appetite.

If you notice any these symptoms, reach out to your veterinarian for next steps.

How do You Eliminate Dog Odors in Your Home?

What happens when you move to a new house where the previous occupants had dogs, or you have dogs of your own that have odors that just seems to take over the home?

What do you do when your dog pees all over your couch, and it smells so bad even you are hesitant on sticking around?

It becomes unbearable to live and feel comfortable in your own home. You no longer feel like you are in your own space because those furry friends have stifled every bit of good smell in your house.

Golden Retriever Laying on Her Pillow

When we got our first cat, she wasn’t neutered, and for weeks our cat would pee in the same spots repeatedly — constantly peeing on my soundbar in the living room. She even peed on my piano, and now some of the keys don’t even work anymore. It was a nightmare. We felt like giving her up and keep our dog.

We took the time to get her neutered, and she stopped spraying the house. I still have my soundbar and piano by the way.

If you have tried using air purifiers, deep steam clean your carpets, washed all of your linen, washing your pet’s bed, sweep, mop, vacuum and nothing seems to make a difference for pet odors I will provide some additional and effective way to get rid of those lousy odors.

Here Are a Few Things You Can Use to Take Back Your Home From Your Pets. I Can Already Smell The Fresh Air.

Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifier Bags

California Home Goods sells the bamboo charcoal air purifier bags. These bags provides the same results of an odor eliminator, air fresheners, dehumidifiers, and disinfectant sprays all in one bag.

The bags are fragrance-free and are an excellent choice for you if you are irritated by scents from other odor eliminators.

The bags are very durable so they are pet and kid friendly. They are effective for up to two years and a great choice for someone on a budget. You can use them in your gym bags, shoe closets, cars, pet areas, laundry rooms or anywhere you like.

Get three bags on Amazon for $15+

Febreze FABRIC Gain Original Scent

Febreze FABRIC Gain Original Scent is great for fabric in your home, even a pee spot on your carpet. If your dog likes to lay in a particular section of your house and you are concerned with the odor he leaves, this will help you to set things straight.

Febreze SmallSpaces Air Freshener

Febreze SmallSpaces Air Freshener eliminates odors very well. I once was eating food in a room with a lot of other people, and the Febreze small spaces still maintained its fresh smell with no problem.

This is by far my number one favorite when it comes to eliminating odors. It has a fresh floral scent – This thing will make you want to invite people to your house just for the smell. This works even better if you have a fan to blow the scent. It is very effective either way.

Make sure you get the Linen and Sky, Spring and Renewal or Island Fresh

Lysol Disinfectant Spray

The Lysol Disinfectant Spray kills 99.9% of fungi, viruses, and harmful bacteria, but it also eliminates odors very well. Will help you achieve a fresh and healthy home. This is great for surfaces where you can spray and easily wipe off.

Purification Essential Oils 5ml by Young Living Essential Oils

Purification Essential Oils gets rid of foul odors very well. If you have an oil diffuser or humidifier, you can use that along with the application of this essential oil to get rid of bad odors.

If you do not have a diffuser, apply some of the oil to a spray bottle with water and spray affected areas of your home. Purification Essential Oils contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca, lavender, and myrtle that soothes and cleanses.

I am so confident that any of these four items will make a huge difference in how your home smells. I currently use these in my home.

Affectionate Akita Dog

Now, I recommend that if you smell your dog that you take the time to ensure he is clean and well maintained. Though you won’t smell your dogs’ odors around your house, this does not equivalent to them being clean.

You still need to regularly clean your house, vacuuming weekly or every other two or three days, cleaning your floors and any other tasks that help you keep your home in order.

Try any or all of these to determine which one you like best.

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