How to Give your Pup a great Dog Wash

You know it's that time again. When your furtastic friend is getting a little too shaggy and smelly for his or her own good. Here's a handy guide to some commonly asked questions about washing your dog.

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How often should you wash your dog?

According to Dr. Sherry Weaver on Cesar Millan's blog, "I recommend you bathe a dog with normal skin once a month with dog shampoo or human baby shampoo."

Where should I wash my dog?

Depending on the size of your dog and your home, you can wash your dog in a do it yourself dog wash, using a large bin, basket or tub. If you don't have the room for a dog wash at home, you can take your dog to a local self serve dog wash.

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How should I brush my dog?

For best results, Dogs101 recommends brushing your dog's hair as wet matted hair can irritate your pup's skin. Make sure you use lukewarm water; doggy skin is quite different from ours and hot water can burn them.

What's the best dog shampoo?

MyPetNeedsThat has a comprehensive list of reviews and product options for dog grooming.

Also according to LabradorTrainingHQ, there are different shampoos for different needs as detailed in their article about the Top 10 Rated Best Dog Shampoos and Conditioners. Here are their top five picks:

How do I rinse and dry my dog?

Be patient, as many dogs get anxious before and during a dog wash. You can speak to them in a calm and reassuring tone as you shampoo your pooch and rinse any soap left on their fur.

To dry your dog, recommends "either air-dry or use a blow-dryer designed for dogs; its lower temperatures won’t cause itching or dandruff.

And as a reward for being a good dog, make sure you give your pup a treat!

Professional dog wash

If you need some extra help, there are plenty of pet supply stores like Petco, small businesses, or individuals who offer professional dog washing services.

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