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Grooming is a very important part of any dog’s life, and the requirements change drastically depending on the breed. Dalmatians are in fact a very naturally hygienic breed and relatively easy to take care of.
Dalmatians should only be bathed once every three to four months. This frequency is more than enough to keep them clean and odor-free, while not too much that it will remove excess oils and dry out their skin.
Let’s cover everything in detail below.
Why Infrequent Bathing Is Recommended
There are actually many other breeds that also require minimal bathing, and there’s a good reason for it.
By only bathing your Dalmatian a few times per year, you won’t run the risk of removing too many natural oils from his skin and coat. And this is critical because it’s these natural oils that both protect against dirt but also keep his skin and coat healthy and clean in the first place.
The number one reason dog owners visit the vets is due to skin issues; with dry skin topping the charts. And you guessed it, one of the main causes of dry skin is over-bathing.
By having too many baths, he’ll lose his natural oils and will make him vulnerable to dry skin, dandruff, itchiness, irritation, and bad odor.
Dalmatians Keep Themselves Clean
Much how like cats keep themselves clean, certain dog breeds do the same.
You may not have noticed until now, but your Dalmatian is regularly licking and inspecting his own coat on a daily basis. If you have two dalmatians, it’s likely that they even help each other in the spots that they can’t get to themselves. Yep, it’s true!
On top of all of this cat-like behavior, the natural oil that lightly covers his single-layered coat will make it very hard for dirt to properly stick to it. Once the dirt has dried it will fall off with ease, either from your Dobie scratching, moving, or when you brush him.
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What To Do If Your Dalmatian Gets Muddy Regularly
If you live somewhere with hikes, forests or you have muddy land where your Dalmatian exercises, it’s normal for him to get very dirty, all of the time.
So if this is the case, bathing with water only will be your option if you want to bathe him frequently.
Ideally, you should always aim to remove and clean his coat with brushing alone (once mud and dirt are properly dry) and you may find that brushing does the job very well.
If you need to bathe him as often as every two weeks, then it’s important to leave out the shampoo on a few occasions. The shampoo is what will remove too much natural oil if you’re bathing him this often.
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The Importance Of Using Natural Dog Shampoo
There are so many different options when it comes to bathing dogs. If you look online, you’ll see people recommending super-strong shampoos filled with chemicals, all the way to using Dawn washing up liquid.
The only shampoo you should use on your dog is a natural ingredient dog shampoo (organic if possible). Nothing else.
All-natural options do not contain nasty chemicals, parabens, soap or detergent, alcohol, and the list goes on. All of those harsh ingredients may do a great job at cleaning, but it’s not safe or healthy!
The biggest issue with “normal” shampoo is that the harsh ingredients strip far too many of the natural oils out from the coat and skin. This leaves the skin dry, sensitive, itchy, and it encourages skin issues.
What’s worse, is that his body’s response will be to suddenly produce A LOT of oil, to make up for what’s just been stripped. This leads to an excess of oil which only contributes to further irritation, a dirty-looking coat, and a bad odor. Exactly what shampoo is supposed to stop.
Always use a natural shampoo that contains no chemicals, detergent, soap, or alcohol. Here are a few good options for you to check out. Honeydew, Wahls, and 4Legger.
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Helpful Bathing Tips
Let’s run through some helpful bathing tips that will make every bath time effective, efficient, and safe.
1. Always brush before starting ⭐
Dalmatians only have single-coats, and they’re super short, so it’s important to use the right kind of brush.
Slicker brushes are the most appropriate for short-haired dogs, and they do a great job. The thin wires are short and will only penetrate just enough to thoroughly comb through this single coat.
By brushing before bathing you can remove any excess dead fur (yes, believe it or not, Dalmatians still shed too!).
A quick 5-minute brush will make the overall grooming experience more complete and will add to a better-looking coat once he’s dry.
2. Use room temperature water ⭐
It’s very tempting to use warm water but it’s much safer to use room temperature water only.
The warmer the water the more likely it is that his skin will dry out after the bath. There’s also an increased risk of your Dalmatian suddenly getting too cold if he goes from warm water to the outside temperature.
Where you live and the outside temperature is something important to be aware of too. Unless it’s a very hot summer day you should ideally keep your Dalmatian inside until he’s properly dry.
During the winter months, it’s recommended that you avoid bathing altogether. The chance of your Dalmatian getting too cold afterward is too high.
3. Talk to your Dalmatian throughout the bath ⭐
Some dalmatians like water and some don’t.
If your Dalmatian doesn’t like getting wet or is afraid of bath times, a simple trick to help keep him calm is to constantly talk to him in a happy and reassuring voice.
This very effective and will make the whole process more enjoyable and stress-free for both of you.
It’s really important to make bath times a positive experience that your Dalmatian enjoys. If you do, it will make the next time so much easier.
4. Use peanut butter as a distraction ⭐
If your Dalmatian is REALLY petrified of bath times, try smearing a spoon of peanut butter around a dinner plate and setting it down as you start bathing.
Nothing beats peanut butter, and as long as it doesn’t contain Xylitol and salt. It’s considered safe for dogs. Source (AKC)
Your Dalmatian will be completely distracted for a good 5-10 minutes while you are able to thoroughly bathe him and get a thick lather going. Before he knows it, the whole process will be finished. And the best part of it is that he’ll look forward to the next one!
5. Don’t let him air dry ⭐
It’s always best practice to dry him as much as physically possible with a clean dry towel, over letting him air dry.
Even when it’s not that cold outside, your Dalmatian can still get too cold if he’s wet. Avoid this by patting him dry, and keeping him indoors for another 15-20 minutes.
If it’s a really hot summer day, you should still pat him dry with a towel, before letting him outside in the sun.
So there you have it! Try your best to only bathe your Dalmatian when he absolutely needs it or stick to the recommended frequency of 3 to 4 times per year.
It’s important to limit bathing because this reduces the chances of drying out his coat and skin. Dalmatians are a very naturally hygienic breed and will do a great job of keeping their coat clean themselves.