Thursday, January 17, 2008

The results are in!

Dear all,

The results are in! The question: how often do you bath your dogs?
28% say once every two weeks
57% say once a month
14% say never

Although your dog can lick himself and keep himself somewhat clean, bathing your dog is an important part of your pet routine. Not only is a bath a great way to keep your pet smelling and looking great, but most dogs can have a lot of fun with their owners when having a bath too.

How often should you bath your dog?
There are many different breeds and types of dogs, and each breed will enjoy different activities - the best rule of thumb to employ here is to bath your dog when he or she starts to smell a bit. Help them to get rid of the dirt and both you and your pooch will feel great. Be careful not to bath your dog too often, or they will lose their skin's natural oils which help to keep them clean.

Things to remember
-You should always brush out your dog's coat before giving them a bath, this will make the whole process a lot easier for both of you.
-Always make sure that you use a special doggy shampoo that helps to make your dog's coat shiny and healthy, and will help to replace lost oils or nutrients.
-Put a rubber mat in the bottom of your dog bath so that your pup doesn't go slipping and sliding all over the place. He may just think that outside is a lot more appealing than inside the tub!
-When bathing outside, choose a nice warm spot that isn't near any sand or mud so that your dog can stay nice and clean once you've finished washing him.
-For interest's sake, you can get a special dog towel that absorbs a lot more water than our ordinary bath towels do, and can get your pooch clean and dry in no time! This is the perfect option for stressed dog owners who hate wet dog marks on their furniture, or dislike having to bath a dog twice after he has just rolled in some dirty sand!

Don't forget to vote in this week's poll!