It’s normal for people to shower everyday—but what about dogs? Unlike humans, most dogs sweat through their tongues rather than their skin, so they don’t need to be bathed as often.
If you’re a new pet parent or a dog sitter, you might catch yourself asking how often your dog needs to bathe. There’s no straightforward answer since the frequency of bath depends on the dog breed—fur length, climate or seasonal conditions, and of course outside vs. inside activities.
Pet parents and dog sitters need to do their research or consult with their vet to figure out how often they should give their pooch a bath. Bathing too often can strip away the natural oil layer and expose dogs to infections, or make their skin dry and irritated. On the other hand, not bathing them enough can result in itchiness, flea exposure, and may make them messy and greasy.
- Set a routine to ensure your dog stays clean and healthy.
- If your dog needs to be cleaned up after playtime or a walk outside, you can partially wash them using other alternatives to a full bath. Try wiping them down with a damp towel or use bath wipes or spray-on shampoo.
- Always check how they act after you give them a bath. If they’re scratching themselves, it might indicate that you bathe them too frequently or the shampoo might be too harsh on their skin.
We’d love to hear about your dog bathing routine. Please share your experience as a dog sitter or pet parent and give any tips, advice, or guidance about how to make this experience more positive for both dogs and humans.