Bathing a dog is a must with every dog owner. A dog must be bathed a minimum of once a month or once a week. It really depends on the breed, where you live and what he does throughout the day. It would be a good idea to ask a veterinarian what the correct number of times to bathe your dog, since some dogs can go nearly 3 months without bathing! Bathing too frequently can lead to dry and flaky skin which can itch and would irritate your dog.
Maintain a Routine
It is a good idea to maintain a set a routine that will guarantee that your dog will stays healthy and clean. If you should take long walks with him or it his playtime, than it would be a good idea to remove the dirt with a wet washcloth, use bath wipes, spray-on shampoo or maybe you could hose down dirty paws. This would ensure that your dog is still clean between baths. You should also check how your dog acts after a bath. If you see that they are scratching themselves then it might mean that he is allergic to his shampoo, might be too harsh on his skin or that he is being bathed more than his breed should bathe.
The Right Temperature
When bathing your dog it is a must that the temperature is just right. If the temperature is too hot or too cold, your dog might not want to take a bath. First you should wet his whole body to acclimatize his body with the water temperature. It is also important to wet his tummy area. You must wet the fur thoroughly to ensure easier lathering of either the soap or shampoo. There are many pet shampoos in today's market that cater to a wide variety of the different needs of canine skin. Choose one that may best suit your needs or ask your vet which one he would recommend. Place a straight strip of shampoo on your dog's back.
Lather and Rinse
Start lathering being sure to lather all over his body. Rinse your dog. But keep away from the ears or if you have to pour water on the head it would be a good idea to hold the flaps of your dog’s ear down with your hand to ensure no drops of water can get inside. Getting water in the ears may lead to infection. A second lathering may be needed if your dog is long haired or if you feel he is extra dirty. Try your dog with his towel making sure to dry of all of his creases in his body. Brush down you dog and you are done.