Are you bathing your dog correctly?

Washing your dog; it’s a hairy situation. Let’s be honest, most of us end up getting wetter than our four-legged friends actually do! But have you ever wondered if you’re even washing your dog correctly? 

Factors including the type of products used, frequency between baths, and even the temperature of the water used can all have a significant impact on your dog; and we’re not just referring to their happiness. Yep, your dog’s hair health could be at risk, and we’re here to clear the water (literally).

Keep reading to find out the top shower mistakes you could be making every time you clean your pooch. 

Mistake #1: You’re using cold water
Do you enjoy taking a cold bath? Probably not, and we can almost certainly guarantee your pup doesn’t either. In fact, cold water can make bath time really uncomfortable for your dog, traumatising them, making it more challenging to get them to cooperate and get the job done. 

Always make sure you’re bathing your pup in lukewarm water. Not too hot but certainly not too cold (think goldilocks vibes). Aim for a temperature around the 37 degree Celsius mark for the perfect pooch wash.  

Mistake #2: You’re bathing your dog too often
We get it. No one likes a smelly dog (no matter how freakin’ cute they are). However, you do need to be mindful of the frequency between baths. Dog’s have very delicate skin, with their PH levels roughly two points higher than that of a human, sitting at around 7.5. 

Over-washing can dry out the skin and cause discomfort for your pooch. What’s more, it can also interfere with external worming and flea treatments which can contribute to other skin disorders like Allergic Dermatitis, Eczema and Atopy. We recommend a minimum of two weeks between each wash (smaller dogs) and a maximum of three months (larger dogs). 

Mistake #3: You’re using human shampoo 
Ever run out of your dog’s favourite shampoo and reached for your own as a quick fix? If you’re #guiltyascharged, it’s critical not to be a repeat offender as this is potentially one of the worst things you could be doing when bathing your dog. 

Human shampoos are much too harsh for our furry friends’ sensitive skin, with the chemicals and fragrances used potentially negating dog’s natural ability to maintain a healthy, shiny coat - eeek! 

Mistake #4: Not rinsing properly 
Just like not removing product entirely from your own hair when washing, failing to thoroughly rinse your dog’s coat clean after a bath is a rookie mistake, needing correction - asap! Leftover product residue, containing chemicals, can easily irritate your dog’s skin and disrupt the natural production of oils.

Don’t stress, this mistake is easily fixed. Just make sure to remove all lathered shampoo from your dog’s fur completely when bathing. Top tip: If the water coming off your dog is still ‘cloudy’, that’s a key tell-tail sign that product is still on fur! 

Mistake #5: Your shampoo contains Phthalates
Phthalates are a common ingredient used in conventional dog grooming products as a gelling agent. They make the products appear thicker and fragrances last longer. However, they are often disguised in the ingredient list, referred to only as ‘fragrance’. 

Now, this wouldn’t be an issue if they didn’t do any harm to your pet, but they actually can! Phthalates on animals can cause hormone disruptions and endocrine system issues, with symptoms manifesting as irritation on dog’s skin. This ingredient has also been known to cause problems to the kidneys, liver and reproductive systems of animals. 

Always be ‘ingredient savvy’ and opt for dog grooming products free from Phthalates. If you don’t want to take the gamble with products that state ‘fragrance’ in their ingredient list, you should look for ‘fragrance-free’ products as well. 

Pssst! Our newly launch Pooch Wash is free from Phthalates and fragrances #highpaw! What’s more, there’s absolutely no silicones, sulphates or parabens and has been specially formulated for your fur babies' sensitive skin. BUY NOW!  

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