|Barked: Tue Jan 24, '12 10:13pm PST |
|I bathe mine once a week, and would bathe them more often except it's too much work. Bathing can be done far more often than you think but you will want to make sure to use a Good Quality shampoo and conditioner. There's a lot of debate on this subject but my general rule is that if you can find it at the dollar store or walmart it generally isn't a Good shampoo. I like Plush Puppy Australia, or Coat handler. I tend to use Lambert and Kay's fresh and clean on mine as well because I like the smell.
Another think to keep in mind is you need to watch ears and the skin in front of their eyes. The hair in front of the eyes needs to either be kept trimmed short (I did my yorkies weekly, but you can get it done by a groomer about once a month or so if you aren't used to using clippers)or combed out and kept dry. The ears need to be kept clean, dry and make sure you don't have an ear infection going on because that will also cause smell.
Now... here is two big things that you need to keep in mind every time you bathe. First... Make sure your boy is brushed out completely from the skin out before the bath, bathing will tighten mats or tangles to the point that they can harm your dog as well as keeping in moisture which leads to my second point... Make sure you dry your dog completely before allowing to run around the house. Not only is wet hair going make a mess of your house it also will pick up odors with ten times the speed. It's a good bet to brush As you dry so you get the hair combed out nice and smooth as well as to make sure you Did actually get all of the mats out. This is a great time to get a good look at the skin of your pet and make sure you don't have anything else going on.
Happy and mom.
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