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Depending on your dog's breed and lifestyle, most experts recommend that dogs should be bathed (at minimum) once every three months, and no more than once a week (unless they're splashing in some very muddy puddles!). This will keep your dog clean and fresh, as well as maintaining healthy skin.
It's important to choose your dog shampoo and conditioner carefully, staying away from harsh products and ones designed for humans (dogs' skin has a different pH level to ours, so human products will strip away its natural oils). If your dog has a specific skin concern, there are a number of specially formulated shampoos and conditioners available, but do check with your groomer or vet if you are unsure.
To avoid mid-bath getaways, ensure you have everything you will need within reach!
Some dogs are very nervous about water, so it may take time to get them onboard. Be prepared to spend a number of weeks gradually conditioning your dog to associate the bath with positive things like attention, fun and praise.
First off, simply get your dog to come to the bath (or even the bathroom if they're especially suspicious) by offering treats, toys and affection.
When that is no longer a problem, lure them into the empty bathtub (again, with the help of treats and toys). Only after this stage should you introduce any water. Bear in mind that they may be more confident with the bath plug out, so the tub is not filling up.
It's also a good idea to enlist the help of a friend or family member – they can distract your dog and help to calm them down, making it a much less stressful experience.
Healthspan pet supplements are not intended to replace a well-balanced diet for your pet.