How to keep your dog clean during summer
A lot of dogs are not huge fans of bathing - and we could do with less work, too! The team at tails.com have provided their top tips to keeping your dog looking and smelling fresh for longer...
Don’t wait around
Whether your dog has been splashing in muddy puddles, or even rolling about in animal poo, if your pooch returns home as a mucky pup, you should wash them at your earliest convenience to avoid carpets being ruined. Cleaning your dog at the earliest opportunity gives the dirt less time to set in, which is better for both your dog and your home.
Keep a regular routine
For owners with dogs that don’t tend to get dirty very often, it can be hard to know how often to clean your pet pooch. Fortunately, your dog’s fur has evolved to be self-cleaning, which keeps out most of the day-to-day dirt. However, we all know that even the proudest pups can get a little smelly after a while.
It's recommended that your dog only needs to be cleaned just once a month, so try setting a date each month that works for you and your four-legged friend and stick to it. However, this depends entirely on the breed of your dog, so always do your research.
Use the right shampoo
It is essential that you avoid using human shampoo on your dog. The chemicals that we put onto our hair are no good for keeping your dog’s fur clean, and can potentially be harmful to their coat and skin.
There are plenty of quality and affordable dog shampoos available on the high street and online, but if you are not able to find dog shampoo, then a little baby shampoo will do as these tend to be mild and won’t contain any harmful chemicals.
Keep your dog’s dates with the bathtub down to a minimum. Too much washing can actually cause your dog problems, as their skin is a lot more sensitive than ours. There are plenty of ‘waterless’ cleaning products on the market like dry dog shampoo and waterless cleaning mitts, to help keep your dog smelling and looking clean without getting them wet.
Plan your route
Be wary of where exactly you are walking your dog and try to avoid the puddles if you can. If your pup has a tendency to stray towards muddy puddles, then it might be an idea to keep your pup on a lead when the ground is wet and boggy. Extendable leads are useful to keep control of where your dog walks, whilst still allowing them the space to stretch their legs.
Feed them right
You can help keep your dog’s coat glossy and healthy by ensuring that they are eating the right food. Your dog’s coat relies on protein, so feeding your pooch a good, balanced diet maintains their healthy glow on the outside as well as on the inside.
Brushing is best
Brushing your dog frequently is the best way to keep their fur clean from anything that they might pick up while out and about. Jumping through piles of leaves is a great source of fun for your pup, but it is also a really easy way for them to pick up fleas and ticks.
Wear waterproof in extreme weather conditions
If your dog is insistent on going for a walk whatever the weather, it could be worth investing in a good quality, waterproof dog coat that will keep them dry and clean. The best features to look out for when picking out a new coat for your dog are waterproofing, durability, double-lining, adjustability, and affordability - but remember, most dogs don’t need them, and will shake off the water instead.