How often is too often to wash my dog?

It’s important to establish a consistent bathing routine for your dog to prevent them from developing an unpleasant odour. Waiting until you notice the smell is not ideal. You may be surprised to learn how often you should bathe your furry friend.

By establishing a bathing schedule, you can keep your furry friend clean and smelling fresh without over-bathing them, which can strip their coat of essential oils. Following a schedule can also help you identify when your dog might need additional grooming or veterinary care. However, it’s essential to understand that every dog is different and requires individualised care based on their age, activity level, and coat type.

As a general guideline, most healthy dogs will benefit from a bath every two weeks, but you need to find the right balance for your furry friend.

Consider your dog’s lifestyle, such as how often they play outside or swim, as well as their coat type. Dogs with longer fur may require more frequent baths, while those with short fur may only need a bath every few weeks.

When should I wash my puppy? 

You can start introducing your puppy to baths as early as nine weeks old to help them become accustomed to the process from a young age.

It’s recommended to use warm water, a non-soap based shampoo, and towel dry your puppy afterwards, as well as positively reinforcing good behaviour during bath time.

To prevent removing the natural oils produced in their coat, it’s advisable not to bathe your puppy more than once a month.

Instead, grooming your puppy with a brush and comb in between monthly baths can help keep their coat clean without causing harm.


Can the frequency of washing a dog be affected by fur type?

The type of fur your dog has can impact how frequently you should wash them. Dogs with oily coats typically require weekly baths to prevent matting and odour buildup. In contrast, breeds with water-repellent coats, like Golden Retrievers, may require less frequent washing.

As a general rule, you should wash your dog when you notice an obvious change in their coat’s condition, such as an unpleasant odour or visible dirt buildup.

Consulting with your vet can also provide guidance on how often to wash your dog based on their breed, age, and activity level. By considering your dog’s unique needs and coat type, you can ensure that they remain healthy and comfortable.

What if my dog has sensitive skin?

If your dog has skin allergies or sensitive skin, it’s important to seek advice from a veterinarian like Blakehurst Vet on how to properly care for your pet during bath time. We can suggest a different bathing schedule or a specific shampoo, such as a soothing or medicated one.

Consult with your vet before using any shampoo on a dog with sensitive or itchy skin, as using the wrong product can cause further irritation.

Avoid using human body wash or shampoo on your dog, as these products are not formulated for their skin and fur. Always use a dog shampoo that’s suitable for your pet’s needs.


Does it make a difference if my dog is indoors or outdoors?

If your dog loves to explore the great outdoors, they may require more frequent bathing than their indoor counterparts. Dogs that enjoy splashing through streams, rolling in the dirt, or playing in puddles may need a bath every few days to prevent dirt and odour buildup.

On the other hand, dogs that live primarily indoors may require less frequent bathing. However, it’s essential to remember that even indoor dogs can benefit from occasional baths to maintain their coat’s cleanliness and prevent skin irritation.

If you have an outdoor dog, it’s important to be proactive about their grooming and hygiene routine. Washing them regularly not only keeps them clean but also allows you to check for any potential health issues, such as ticks, fleas, or skin irritations that can arise from spending time outdoors. 

Washing your dog

is also a wonderful way to

bond with your furry friend.

Have fun!