How Often Should You Bathe your Dog in Winter?

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As the winter days roll in, all of us want to cozy up inside our blankets and forget the world. Even then, we do manage to take a shower at least once a day. But when it comes to bathing their lovely pooches during the cold season, dog owners always face a dilemma.

How often should you give your little friends a bath when the weather is too cold?

During the winter chill, you should avoid giving your furry pet too many baths to ensure that it always maintains the best health. You must, however, ensure that you give your pooch an occasional bath to help it get rid of dirt, grime, and salt.

You must take special care when bathing your pooches when the weather outside is too cold to bear. We have a few tips for you that will help you take care of your dog’s health and safety. Follow these steps and you will master the art of taking care of your pooch before, during, and after a winter bath.

1. Indoor baths

Make sure that during winter, you always bathe your pooch indoors. It would be a good idea to increase the temperature of the room or place a heater in the bathroom. Make sure that the heater is not on the floor or close to the water.

2. The temperature of the water

Before you start bathing your dog, be sure to check the temperature of the water. It should neither be too hot nor too cold. The temperature of the water should be the same that you would use to bathe a newborn infant.

3. Brush

Before you start bathing your dog, prepping up is essential. Brush your dog’s fur to make it tangle-free and remove any excess hair. Use a nice dog brush to get the best results.

4. A moisturizing shampoo

Dogs can have dry skin during winter that starts flaking. Using a moisturizing shampoo can prevent dryness and reduce the chances of skin irritation.  Keep cotton balls ready to block water and shampoo out of the ears.

5. Move from bottom to top

When bathing, start from the feet and move upwards. Pay special concentration to their paws and other areas that have dirt build-up. Starting from the feet ensures that their eyes and ears remain free from shampoo dripping into them.

When rinsing, go the opposite way. Start from their head and move downwards until the water runs clear.

6. A Dry Shampoo is an option

If stinking is your main concern, you may opt for dry shampoo. Dry shampoo and sprays are a great alternative when you just want to remove any odor. This should not be used for deep cleaning.

7. Use a towel When your dog is properly bathed, use a towel to warm it up. There are several towels available that look just like a robe for your dog. If your pooch has long hair, you may even consider using a dog hair dryer.

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