Scrub-a-dub-dub, it’s time to get your pup in a tub! Regular bathing and grooming your dog helps keep their skin healthy, their coat shiny, and makes it easy to catch any developing issues such as ear infections, skin issues, ticks and fleas, or injured nails and paw pads.
Grooming your dog doesn’t need to be difficult. Learning basic grooming skills makes it easier to extend the length of time between a professional grooming or bathing appointment, saving you time and money.
How often you bathe your dog depends on their coat type, how dirty they tend to get day-to-day, and your own preferences. You don’t want to bathe your dog too often, as this can strip their coat of its natural oils. Certain breeds and dogs with certain medical conditions require more frequent bathing than others.
You should be brushing your dog daily. This prevents matting, distributes the natural oils throughout your dog’s coat, and gives you a chance to check them over for any fleas, ticks, dangerous foxtail awns, and other issues like new lumps or sensitivity.
Invest in the right kind of brush for your dog’s coat:
Learn more about caring for your dog’s paw pads.
Caring for your dog’s basic grooming needs is important for their overall health, but it’s also a great way to include basic training in your daily routine and build a trusting relationship with your pup.