Having and caring for a pet is not as simple as it seems. There are many aspects and factors that we must take into account when living with a dog, cat, bird, snake, rodent, etc. Each one presents different characteristics and care needs that will be covered depending on the family to which it belongs.
Dogs are the most common pets in many homes. There is a great variety of dog breeds, and each one of them presents different characteristics in terms of their physical appearance, abilities, personality, and behavior. One of the best-known species for various positive and negative aspects is the Chow Chow.
Chow Chows are dogs known mainly for two things: physical appearance and personality. First of all, it is a dog with an adorable appearance. That’s because its fur is fluffy, making it look like a teddy bear. This animal has a plump face, erect ears, facial wrinkles, and reddish or black fur.
On the other hand, although the Chow Chow may seem a tender, enthusiastic and friendly dog to everyone, the reality is that it can become distant and even aggressive, especially with strangers and other animals. They are intelligent, outgoing, and friendly canines with their loved ones.
Taking care of a dog is not only about feeding and providing exercise but also taking into account grooming. That is very important in most breeds, especially those with a fluffy coat, such as a Chow Chow.
It is vital to maintain proper hygiene. However, that does not mean that you should bathe it a lot since more washing does not mean more happiness and health for it. Therefore, we must know the right time to bathe our Chow Chow.
When to Bathe a Chow Chow?
Brushing and bathing with the appropriate frequency (and not too often in the case of bathing) helps the animal’s skin and coat stay healthy and prevents comedones (blackheads) or folliculitis from developing.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you always have to bathe your Chow Chow outdoors and only when it is daytime. That is because there must be sun and wind so that the canine dries faster and is less cold. Also, you shouldn’t get your pet wet in cold weather or at night, as that will make it sick.
These dogs should be bathed and brushed regularly regardless of whether the coat of this dog is rough or smooth. Generally, a Chow Chow should be bathed when necessary but it is advisable to do it monthly or at most every 6 weeks. That is important, along with some brushing techniques, so that this pet’s coat remains beautiful and healthy.
We have to bear in mind that when a Chow Chow’s coat gets dirty, it becomes rough and breaks. For that reason, this canine should be brushed weekly and bathed at the time indicated above or simply when necessary.
How to Bathe My Chow Chow?
The first thing we have to do is use a high-speed dryer on the coat of our Chow Chow so that dirt and debris from the skin are easier to remove. It should be noted that you must do this in each area of your dog’s body, that is, you should not move the dryer quickly from one side to another but you must keep it in one place and then move it slowly.
Make sure not to tangle your Chow Chow’s coat while you blow-dry. Once you’ve done that, lightly brush your canine’s coat. Now you can start bathing it.
Wet your Chow Chow’s coat and apply shampoo by squeezing it through the entire coat. This can be a complicated and time-consuming process due to the large size of this dog and the abundant hair that it has.
Then rinse all the fur making sure not to leave traces of shampoo. That is the most important step since it will prevent your skin from getting irritated.
In this type of dog, it is a good option to use a conditioner to hydrate the coat while maintaining its fluffy texture. Now you just have to dry the fur of your Chow Chow with a towel. You can start by rubbing the towel gently over the fur of its belly and legs. Afterward, dry the coat of the spine area while gliding the brush.
The brushing process during drying is important as it will help prevent the coat from being compacted to the skin, retaining dirt and moisture as this could cause serious problems in the canine’s skin. It is best to brush your dog’s hair in small sections.
What is a Good Place to Bathe My Chow Chow Dog?
There are many places where you can bathe a Chow Chow dog. The most recommended are:
On a Special Table for Grooming Dogs
Indoors or outdoors, you can bathe your Chow Chow like the professionals do on a grooming table. This table should be long and wide enough to accommodate the size of your pet.
Also, it is necessary that the table is high and spacious. That will ensure that your dog does not slip when you are cleaning it.
In the Bathtub of the House
When the climates or temperatures are colder, it is advisable to bathe your Chow Chow at home in a bathtub. Make sure to place a shower mat on the floor next to the tub before your pet goes outside.
In the Backyard of Your House
If you have a spacious yard with access to a hose, then there is no reason you cannot wash your Chow Chow dog there.
We recommend that before bathing your dog, you place a waterproof mat on the lawn. In this way, when you clean your Chow Chow, let it be on the mat and not on the grass where it can get its legs dirty.
In a Kiddie Pool
Another great idea would be to bathe your Chow Chow in a kiddie pool. Then you can throw away all the dirty water and store the pool in a deposit or garage for its future baths.