Wash my dog, no way… How often should I do that?
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For every human who says, ‘I wash my dog every month,’ there’ll be one who says, ‘I wash my dog every week.’
There’ll also be those who say…
‘You shouldn’t wash your dog at all!’
At Underwater Dogs we think that’s kinda’ sad, for both you and your pal coz’ if you’re not washing your dog on a regular basis (apart from them being dirty and smelling like dead possum), you’re both missing out on some seriously good bonding time.
In essence, dogs play hard and dogs get dirty. They like to roll in anything dead and pee on anything that’s already been peed on. Swim in the ocean, dig up your garden, eat greasy bones and without doubt, roll in anything rotten.
Then, they wanna get into bed with you.
I mean, what’s your problem?
If you love your dog, and want to build a relationship that goes beyond the general day to day feed, pat and lark-about, then bath-time is where it’s at.
Dog owners who partake in the grooming process on a regular basis are more likely to be more in-tune with what their dog likes (or doesn’t), and most importantly, be able to locate bumps and lumps, abrasions, burrs and even ticks, that may not have been initially visible.
Some dogs love the pre-brush process… especially on their chest furs or hard to reach places.
Some dogs love the warm water pouring all over their nether regions, and some just love the fun-time towel dry and game of chase up and down the hall-way after they’re all floofy and smellin’ fresh.
So how often and where you bath your dog is up to you, but I’d be making extra special time for your favourite buddy on a regular basis…whatever this means for you.”
Here’s a few good reasons why there are so many differences of opinion when it comes to how often you should wash your dog.
What type of dog do you have?
An Inside Dog
If your dog is an inside dog, one that tends to sleep on the bed – we’d think you’d be wanting to freshen your little fluff-ball weekly.
But there are explicit things you need to look for in a shampoo & conditioning product when bathing regularly, to ensure Fluffy’s skin is well hydrated and not stripped of that protective layer we call pH balance.
Things you should know:
#1 – Cheap, generic, or unknown brands of shampoos should be avoided at all cost. These are NOT going to be formulated with your dog’s skin care in mind, nor pH balanced – which is essential.
#2 – If your dog is sensitive or with allergies of some type, avoid products containing coal tar or harsh strippers like selenium or benzyl peroxide which are used on nasty skin diseases like scale. These particular ingredients will only aid in the drying of the skin, and add to your dog’s itchy skin demise.
#3 – When it comes to dogs with skin disease, believe it or not – bathing should actually be a regular thing. Getting bacteria under control will require a medicated solution, but remember – once this is under control, moisture rejuvenation is paramount. Dis-continue with the medicated shampoo after the fact, as this will only continue to dry out your dog’s skin – ultimately inviting the whole itchy skin, scratching, breakage of skin, bleeding and bacterial cycle to reek havoc… and possibly inviting another visit to the Vet.
After you have bacteria under-control, try a top quality professionally formulated, soap-free shampoo and conditioning treatment, fully pH balanced so you can…
Wash your dog as often as you like!
A best of both worlds Pooch
If your pal is a yard dog, only coming inside to eat and schmooze by the fire, we suggest a bath every month.
But if there’s been a little rough and tumble and some rollin’ in possum pooh, then come on… we know you get the picture!
As soon as you can smell your dog, we say it’s time for a bath!
The flip of the coin of course is if your dog is the complete outdoor package.
Living on acreage or on a farm and never setting foot inside the homestead; bathing may not be important to you – and that’s ok.
Most farm dogs will have incredibly hardy coats complete with their own, in-built oil balance – far greater than any other domesticated breed.
This is protection plus, and why most working dogs do not need bathing often (some would say – at all).
In saying this, we still believe it’s important to bathe or visit the groomer a couple of times a year, to help cleanse dead-skin cells from the body and to brush out dead hair from their coat – preventing deep matting, possible abrasions and more.
Caring for their skin & hair health on a regular basis may also help prevent other disasters, and regular brushing will help uncover things like burrs, grass seeds, abrasions or even ticks that have buried themselves deep in the under coat.
When it comes to outside dogs, we suggest you take seasonal changes as your queue for professional grooming, when coats are changing, shedding and re-growing – Spring and Autumn specifically.
So what’s most important about ‘how often’ you should bath your dog?
Without doubt – the quality of the products you use!
Professionally formulated products that are soap-free, paraben-free and pH balanced put your dog’s acid mantle first, and caring for both your dog’s hair and skin is ‘as important as what you feed them.’
When using these high quality products, you should feel comfortable about bathing your fur-buddy regularly i.e. once a week if you’re an inside, couch potato.
What about Leave-in Conditioners?
If you’ve never used a Leave-In Conditioner before, this is the ultimate in treatments for those dogs with a tendency to be dry, sensitive, itchy, allergy prone, or for those post medicated treatment.
A good quality Leave-in conditioner will leave your dog’s skin and fur fully moisturised and as soft as soft, without a greasy build-up. They do not require rinsing out, and this is the true litmus test!
Note* Cheaper conditioner formulations do not absorb well into the hair shaft, lying on top of the hair making it heavy, look oily and be greasy to the touch. Not what we would recommend.
After all, you get what you pay for.
Would you ever shampoo your own hair – and not condition after?
Just ask any female this question and you’ll be amazed.
‘Of course I condition my hair… wouldn’t get the comb through it otherwise!’ Elizabeth, NSW
So why would we treat our dogs any differently?
When you build on your dog’s good skin and hair health with quality formulations, you’re creating a great skin health foundation, strength and elasticity.
This creates a great base for hair to grow, and for skin to recover from recurring allergies, or skin issues that may hound your pooch.
Think Moisture, moisture, moisture.
But how do you know what’s really in the shampoo products you buy?
And, how can you make the right decision with the myriad of choices and price differentials available?
This is a really good question, and we firmly believe that with today’s access to information YOU, the consumer holds the key.
Be discerning, do your research, ask the question of other dog owners. Product reviews are also the perfect starting point to help you get the ‘real picture’ of a brand.
Forums and facebook groups too, are a good place to start with the questions you might have.
With regards our brand – the Underwater Dogs Haircare Co – we’re proud of the on-going consumer feed-back we receive on a daily basis.
Word of mouth is a powerful thing in the growth (or demise) of a brand, and has been a major influence in spreading the Underwater Dogs word.
We’re proud of our range, and back our formulations with a 100% Money Back Guarantee.
This means we’re willing to put your dog first, promising you the cleanest, softest, most delicious smelling dog on the block.
Underwater Dogs canine pH balanced formulas means bath-time will be a good-time…
So if he’s dirty or stinky – bath him.
It doesn‘t matter if this is every week or every month, it’s up to you and your dog.
Just know that our products take care of your dog’s skin and hair health… the rest is up to you.
Pup-Update – 1-2 Years
When it comes to Jerry and bath-time, we’re really organised. Being a full-time, inside dog and one that spends a lot of time on the sofa (especially when we’re not looking) it’s really important he’s super clean and smelling fresh. Again, here’s where I’ve been fortunate to meet Gayle from Underwater Dogs, learning about the products available to us on the market – what works, what doesn’t and frankly, what to avoid. My biggest lesson was to treat Jerry’s skin and coat like I would treat my own scalp and hair, and when it comes to my sensitive cocker-boy – it’s been important to get that right from the get-go. Quality shampoos and conditioners may not be cheap, but they pay you back in many, initially unthought of ways. Firstly their formulations are specifically working on canine skin; cleansing so gently & thoroughly and then moisturising to keep their skin balance in check. This allows us to wash Jerry every couple of weeks without hiccup! Secondly, because of the quality formulations, the products go so much further. This is because you just don’t need to use as much. Cheaper varieties may cost less at the time, but do not be fooled – you use twice as much to get a half decent job, and fragrances are usually so over-powering it makes your dog sneeze. It also feels like it’s stripping your hands, so just imagine what it’s doing to your puppy! Enough said.
Ash Sukhwani a.k.a. Mother of Jerry
Jerry – Born ‘Royoni Naughty-on-Arrival’ June 17, 2017
Follow Jerry’s adventures on Instagram @jerrythecockerspan
So now that you’re a little more clued up on why you can bath your dog a little more often than you first thought, we’re going to talk about the items you’ll need in your home grooming arsenal. After all, there are things you can do it home… you just need to know how.
Watch this space – Chapter Twenty – Coming Soon
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I’ve used Underwater Dogs since the day I bought Tilly home. Found them at the Dog Lovers Show SYDNEY . Now we have three puppies and all of them smell delicious, their coats are always being complimented on how they shine. LOVE! Highly recommend all the products . Thanks so much UWDOG’s
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