Taking care of a dog is one of the most important responsibilities we can have. Care includes feeding, brushing, visiting the veterinarian, bathing, etc.
Many dog owners try to take care of and provide the best lifestyle to their pets, but the problem is that they do not investigate the right way to do it. In this article, we will focus on the Bernese Mountain dog.
This dog breed is characterized by having a large size and a beautiful double layer coat. Many individuals bathe their canines frequently. Some people do it every week while others 2 or 3 times a month. However, that is something negative for all dog breeds.
How Often Should We Bathe a Bernese Mountain Dog?
The first thing you should know is that you should never bathe your canine, regardless of its breed, every day or every week. Why? Simply because constant bathing will negatively affect your pet’s skin and remove the natural oils from its fur.
Generally speaking, it is recommended to bathe a dog once a month or every six weeks. However, many people recommend cleaning a Bernese Mountain dog once every couple of months or when really needed. In fact, some owners of these pets prefer to bathe them once every four months.
Brushing your Bernese Mountain dog several times a week will help remove all the dirt and dead hair on your canine’s coat, so it won’t be necessary to bathe it frequently as this will keep it clean.
For this reason, make sure you always bathe your Bernese Mountain dog in a range of 2 to 4 months to avoid removing the natural oils since they are responsible for keeping the skin and coat clean and healthy. In addition, they also prevent foul odours.
Reasons Why It is Not Advisable to Frequently Bathe Our Bernese Mountain Dog?
We have already mentioned that frequently bathing our Bernese Mountain dog could affect its skin and coat as it removes natural oils. However, this is not the only negative aspect. There are other problems that we must also take into account.
For example, constantly washing our pets can cause itching and skin irritations. On some occasions, scabs may also appear. In the same way, if we bathe our dog often, its body will begin to produce excess natural oils as a way to compensate for those it has lost, which in turn will cause a smelly and dirty coat.
How Can I Keep My Bernese Mountain Dog Clean?
You may live in a rural area where your dog tends to get dirty easily. In those cases, you can rinse your Bernese Mountain dog with water only when necessary. As soon as you have rinsed it, dry completely and brush it using an undercoat rake and then a slicker brush. That will remove the dirt that has adhered to its fur.
It is essential to clarify that what causes damage is not the water but the shampoo. For that reason, many people recommend bathing their canines with a mild shampoo as it removes a smaller amount of natural oils. However, if you use it frequently, you will end up removing a lot of natural oils regardless of the type of shampoo.
Regular brushing in these dogs is important, as we have recently mentioned. Because this breed has a double coat, brushing will not only help prevent matting but will also remove all dead hair and debris. Using the correct brush will even eliminate the need to bathe your Bernese Mountain dog.
Tips to Keep in Mind When Bathing Your Bernese Mountain Dog
- You should always brush your Bernese Mountain dog before bathing. It is recommended to do it for 15-20 minutes to remove all the dirt, debris, and dead hair on its coat. In addition, this will help the fur not get tangled while we bathe it.
- You should use water at room temperature to prevent the skin from drying out after bathing.
- If your dog is not used to being bathed, it may feel insecure and fearful. In those cases, you should reassure it either by talking to it, petting it, or even giving it treats. In case your Bernese Mountain dog is already an expert in these situations, then you will not have any problem.
- Be sure to use a special bath brush as it works very well even when your pet has wet hair.
- Use a mild shampoo to avoid removing as many natural oils as possible. Once you have rubbed it all over your Bernese Mountain dog’s body, rinse it well because if you don’t remove all the shampoo, it could cause itching and irritation to your canine’s skin.
- After rinsing, be sure to dry completely using a hairdryer or towel.