The rules on how frequently you should bathe your dog are different from one dog breed to the next. The breed of the dog as well as the type of coat they have will determine how often they should get a dog bath.
For instance, the Poodle should be bathed every four or six weeks while a Pointer can go three to four months between bathing. Other dog breeds which have harsh long coats like the Samoyed, Pomeranian and Norwegian Elkhound require bathing less often because it tends to soften the coat too much. Contrary to popular opinion dogs that are kept inside most of the time have to have baths more regularly to keep them clean.
Bathing the dog is vital in order to keep their coat and skin clean and healthy. Make sure to always brush the coat thoroughly before the bath to remove all dead hair and all matting from the coats of long haired dogs.
Next you want to gather the materials you are going to need to give your dog a thorough bathing:
Dog Shampoo (regular or special shampoos for conditioning, color, coat, etc.)
Rubber Tub Mat (to protect your tub from scratches)
Two Thick Bath-size Towels (old towels work great for this)
Chain and Choke (to secure your dog)
Cream Rinse (for long haired breeds except Poodles and Terriers).
Always remember to secure your dog safely in the tub. A chain and choke is great for this just be sure to give your dog about a foot and a half of slack. This makes sure that the dog cannot jump from the tub and hurt themselves while giving them some room to move a little. A rubber tub mat is also a good safety precaution and will protect your tub from hard dog nails.
Using the spray hose, wet their coat thoroughly with warm water. Next, apply the shampoo to the dog’s coat with your sponge. Be sure and pay special attention to their ears, rectum area and pads of their feet as these three areas are usually neglected by most pet groomers when bathing your dog.
A small bristle brush can be used to scrub the ears, head, pads of the feet and other particularly dirty areas of their coat. When the coat is thoroughly soaped up and scrubbed, rinse it gently with warm water. When rinsing, place your thumb over their ear openings to keep water out of the ears. Also, a hand over the eyes will stop any soap from getting into them.
It’s always a good idea to give your dog a double bath by repeating the soaping and rinsing process. On the last rinse be sure to get all of the soap completely out of the coat. Gently squeeze the hair on the tail, legs, ears and all parts of your dog’s body with your hands to remove any excess water. Be sure and towel dry your dog before using a dryer and remember to not have it set too hot. You will have an easy and fun time when you have the proper pet grooming tools.