Keep your dog looking and smelling fresh with a regular bath—but follow these tips to make sure you’re doing what’s best for his health.

By Sarah Gerrity
March 30, 2021
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When your dog gets dirty, they get a bath, right? Board certified veterinary surgeon Courtney Campbell, DVM, walks us through all the important details when it comes to bathing and brushing your dog—including when and how to do so according to your dogs coat type.

Bathing and brushing are important for keeping your dog looking good, but it's even more important to keep your dog healthy, tick-and parasite-free. Whether you have a short-haired furry family member like a beagle, a pet with an oily coat like a Labrador, or a double-coated dog like a Siberian husky, Campbell's pro tips for how often and when to bathe your pooch are incredibly helpful for determining bath time frequency depending on their individual coat type.

Most importantly, Campbell says it's essential to not over-bathe your dog, which can lead to skin dryness, discomfort, and itching. Another pro-tip: make bathing and brushing enjoyable for your dog. Turning bath and grooming time into a positive situation can be a relief for you both—so be sure to give your pup plenty of praise and treats when it's time for a little grooming!