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How to wash your dog?

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To bathe your dog should be a pleasing moment for your pooch and you. Consider your dog’s size. Small dogs will probably fit in the kitchen sink whereas bigger dogs would probably be better in a bath. Make his bath time fun, use the right dog shampoo to avoid skin infection and be very cautious with his eyes and ears.

By Emilie Heyl

Here's how to clean your dog by giving them a bath:

When and how to wash your dog

Between the age of 4 to 7 months, the puppy loses their "baby" coat and develops their permanent fur. You should begin to wash them at 2 months of age.

Shampooing should not be too frequent: once every two months is ideal. The "no rinse lotions" will allow you to quickly restore your pet's beauty.

Choosing the right dog shampoo 

First and foremost, you must acknowledge that your dog’s skin, like that of a human, is covered by a film which protects it and allows it to resist external factors (cold, humidity, bacteria). Shampoos for dogs have chemical properties to preserve this layer.

As the dog's skin is more alkaline than that of humans (pH 7.5 to 8), a "human" shampoo should never be used. To each their own beauty product! Additionally, to choose the most suitable shampoo for your dog, you must consider their coat type: long hair, short hair, coarse hair, rough hair... and know that some breeds have more sensitive skin than others.

For example, mink oil shampoo is particularly recommended for all terriers (Westies, Yorkshires...) with short hair. It strengthens straight hairs without hardening them, and makes it easier to comb long hairs.

Groomer’s advice:

  • All long-haired dogs must be combed before you wet your dog
  • Consider protecting their eyes and ears from the dog shampoo
  • Dry your dog well after bathing
  • Gradually get them used to the blow dryer
  • Brush their coat every day
  • Prepare numerous towels as well, as small or large, they will shake
  • Watch out for water in their ears!
  • Do not wash them too often
  • Don't cut out any knots but shave them instead
  • Cut the hair in front of their eyes

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