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Tammy’s Corner: How often can and should I bathe my dog?

The simple answer is, as often as you’d like. There are some things to consider, however, when you do so.

First and most important is the quality of the products you use. Using good, quality shampoos and skin conditioners are key. All shampoos are made to remove dirt, grim and oils, but just washing alone can leave your dog’s skin dry and irritated — especially when using a harsher flea or deodorizing shampoo.

Those types of products should only be used when absolutely necessary. If you do typically use the harsher products, more than likely there’s a bigger problem and I recommend that you take your pet to a Vet in the near future.

For basic bathing on a 2-3 times per week schedule, I suggest a tearless shampoo diluted with water on a 1:1 ratio. And there’s no need to repeat since you bathe so often. And always be sure to rinse thoroughly.

A re-moisturizing oatmeal coat conditioner (also diluted 1:1) should be applied next. Saturate the skin completely and give the product time to work.  In other words, let your dog “marinade” for at least 3-5 minutes. Then rinse and you’re finished!

TIP: For longer-haired dogs, do not rub them dry with a towel, as doing so creates tangles. Instead, lay the towel over your dog and gently squeeze the water out.

Tammy Neely is owner and operator of Lucky Dog Salon & Spaw (8605 State Road 64, Georgetown, IN 47122). With more than 20 years’ professional grooming experience, Tammy personally sees each client through the entire grooming process. To follow Lucky Dog Salon & Spaw on Facebook, click here.

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Matthew Duffy is well known for his renowned dog training services, books and DVDs, and online video training sessions through memberships. Matthew uses "genuine control without the rigidity of formal commands." Bring on the dogs!
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