One of the major challenges of owning a dog is taking care of him. He might be your close friend, but keep in mind that he cannot do some things by himself. If you own a dog, whether he is a few months old or over five years old, you need to treat him like one of your kids.
For instance, it is your duty to clean your dog and ensure that he looks, feels and smells good. The good thing about cleaning a dog is that some breeds only need to be cleaned once in a week. Some can take more than two weeks without the need for a bath. But really, how do you know it’s time to clean your furry buddy? Here are some signs to help you.
1. HE DOESN’T SMELL SO GOOD
The most obvious way to know if your dog needs a bath is when he has that uncomfortable dog smell. The dirt and other bugs accumulate in his fur as he plays outside. If they are not eliminated through a wash, you can expect the obvious; a bad smell.
However, some dog-smell conditions might be as a result of a yeast infection on the skin or a disorder of the mouth or other parts of the body. So if he has the smell and you just cleaned him the previous day, you might want to take him to the vet.
2. HE DRAGS HIS BEHIND ON THE CARPET/GROUND
This might not be a common sign, which you should be keen to notice it. Normally, when your dog poops, he will try to lick his behind to get rid of the remains. I know, it is gross, but that’s just how they do it. So when the remains accumulate on his behind for a long time, he will be uncomfortable. As a result, he will try to drag across the carpet to get rid of it. Giving him a regular bath will help to eliminate the remains accumulation and keep your dog comfortable.
3. HE IS SCRATCHING ENDLESSLY
Another obvious sign that you need to clean your dog is when he is constantly scratching. In most cases, he will scratch when he has lice, fleas, or mites. These parasites will be plenty if you do not wash and shampoo your dog regularly. So when he is always scratching all over, know that it is time to give him a bathe. Ideally, talk to your veterinarian to help you find the right shampoo for your dog.
4. HIS FOOTPRINTS ARE ALL OVER THE HOUSE
In most cases, your dog will get in the house, play around, and leave no footprints. However, if one day you find his mud footprints on the couches or almost everywhere in the house, it might be time to wash him. Even if you washed him a few days ago, the mud in his feet might lead to serious conditions if left unwashed.
5. HE HAS DANDRUFF
Normally, your dog will have dandruffs if his skin is extremely dry, oily, or irritated. That is why it is advised to give him a bathe regularly to keep his skin well moisturized. Keep in mind that a good shampoo will make your work easier, and also enhance the health of your dog’s skin. However, if the dandruffs are uncontrollable, it might be time to pay your veterinarian a visit.
6. HE IS PLAYING WITH THE TRASH BAGS
A hyper dog tends to be challenging to control, especially when he is playing outside. So if you see him playing around with the trash bags or something that smells, just give him a bath when he is done. If you don’t clean him right away, the smell will pile up, which will make things uncomfortable. He might even be chased away by the neighbors because he doesn’t smell so good.
It is always fun to clean your dog, which should not give you a difficult time. If you have a good bond with your furry champ, he might even bring you the bathing sponge when he feels dirty. You might want to consider training him to do that.
Don’t wait until your dog starts giving out a bad smell for you to wash him. Ideally, talk to your dog groomer or vet to help you set up a schedule to clean your little buddy. You can also train your kids to wash him to make it easy for you.