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No dog owner loves the smell of water-phobia Fido! At least, even if he (the dog) views taking a shower as a punishment, bath him occasionally.

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While some pooches (especially those with shorter coats), only require just a shower, most of them need shampoo.

 So, why should you get your four-legged furry pal his “DOGGY shampoo?” Simple: dog shampoos are gentle, which helps prevent the stripping of the dog’s natural oils, and are strong enough to remove the dirt.
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Remember: Certain types of shampoos (I mean those designed for your hair) might be an irritant to your dog’s skin-because they contain harsh detergents. So, the best thing to do is to use those shampoos labeled for dogs.
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Choosing the best shampoo

Go for a shampoo that suits your specific needs. Here are more tips to help you choose the right shampoo.

  • No more tears: The shampoo you choose should be gentle on your dog’s eyes.
  • Brightening/whitening: If you want your dog to be sparkling after bath, then brightening/whitening shampoo might be the best option for you.
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  • Waterless /rinse-free: Dry shampoos, or powdery ones, tend to minimally clean up your dog’s dirt. In fact, it is intended for quick fixes only.
  • Deodorizing: Deodorizing shampoos are excellent at dealing with dead rodent or even fresh poop.
  • Stamping out skunk: This is a DIY shampoo. Here is how to make it: Mix a quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, a quarter of a mug of baking soda, plus a teaspoon of soap (it should be in liquid form). After mixing it, apply it gently and then rinse thoroughly.

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How often should your bathe your dog?

While pups don’t require the daily scrub downs like humans, it is essential to bath them regularly — but how regular should you bath him? Well, it depends on numerous factors like the dog’s environment and his coat type.

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General guidelines

  • Bath him at least once a month.
  • If your coat has an oily coat, bath him frequently, say once a week.
  • Short-haired breeds (those with smooth coats) like Beagles & Weimaraners, can do just fine with less regular baths. And short-coated Basenjis tend to be fastidious as far as their personal hygiene is concerned. So, they rarely need to bath.
  • If your dog has a water-repellent coat (golden Retrievers or Great Pyrenees), bath him less often in order to preserve his natural oils.

 The golden tip!

Choose a chemical-free shampoo. Read the label to ensure it’s safe for your dog. Remember, toxic elements are likely to impact negatively on your dog’s health.