As a dog owner, you will be enjoying the benefits of looking after your pooch. Dog ownership gives you companionship, mental stimulation, and a sense of purpose in some respects. And let’s not forget how much fun you and your pet will have, and how often they make you smile and laugh!
Of course, you need to make sure that your dog is kept fit and healthy. One of the ways to achieve that goal is by ensuring that both it and the area he or she lays down on gets kept clean at all times. Here is what you need to do:
- Regular baths
Just like humans, your dog needs to have a bath on a regular basis. The question is, how frequently should your pooch get a wash? Well, dogs don’t need to have a bath every day; in fact, once a month should be more than sufficient for pets with no skin conditions.
If you don’t get a dog groomer to bathe your pet, ensure that you use shampoo suitable for dogs (or human babies). It’s never a good idea to wash your dog using the same shampoo that you use.
- Regular grooming
Unless you own a dog like a greyhound, it’s likely that your pet will have a medium to long coat. Because of that fact, you need to spend some time each week grooming your beloved pet with a brush.
At the same time, it’s a good idea to massage your dog’s coat to blend in their natural oils with their hair.
- Clean their bedding each week
Just like you should with your own bedding, you should wash their blankets or beds on a weekly basis. Doing so will ensure they always have somewhere clean to lie down on, plus they are less likely to develop any skin conditions from dirty bedding.
If you suspect your dog has a tick problem, be sure to give them some dog tick medication and wash their bedding at a high temperature in your washing machine.
- Make sure your dog smells as good as you do
When your dog has a bath, they will feel clean and fresh. But, in between those bathing sessions, they won’t smell so great! The good news is that you can keep them smelling fresh with some dog perfume!
Yes, that’s right; you can buy perfume for your dog just like you would for yourself! They are specially designed scents that don’t harm pooches like human perfumes might. Also, some even mimic the perfumes and aftershaves that we use on a daily basis.
- Clean your dog’s paws
While some people obsess about cleaning their dog’s paws, it’s only worth doing so if they’ve been walking around on mud or wet surfaces. Yes, cleaning their paws will ensure your home’s floors won’t have muddy paw prints everywhere. But, the advantage for your dog is it can alert you to any problems such as cuts on their pads.