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Bathing Your Basset Hound

Basset Hound BathingBathing your Basset Hound doesn’t have to be difficult and it is necessary to help them stay healthy. Although all dogs need to be bathed, cleaned and shampooed at one time or another, a Basset Hound needs this because they have a tendency to get dirty.

How often you bath them will actually depend on how often they get dirty. When they roll in some weird substance or the dirt, or they just seem to need it will be your judge of how often you bath your basset hound.

You will also notice that your Basset Hound will pick up odors and this is another reason to bath and shampoo them regularly. You will also want to inspect them as you go to make sure everything looks good. Since they have a tendency towards ear infections and such, it’s a good idea to check them over thoroughly what is going on with their bodies.

As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to bathe the dog in the summer, fall and spring a little more often than in the winter. It is best to use dog shampoo and not human shampoo because the PH factors will be different and human shampoo can dry out your basset hound’s skin.

It is it is important to remember not to wash your basset hound too often because this can also dry out their skin. You want the natural oils in their body to help refresh the skin. Also brush them before you bath them to get rid of a lot of the dead hair.

During the warmer months it may be easier to get a bath tub that you can fill with water and have outside in order to bath your Basset Hound outside. You can use your bath tub if you are not squeamish about this, during the colder months. Also, it’s a good idea not to use the garden hose for rinsing because the water from it is too cold.

Some basset hound owners use a flea and tick dog shampoo that also works. You must make sure that you thoroughly rinse your pet dog to make sure they don’t have problems with dry skin later. Also, keep water out of their ears and eyes. You can dry them with a hair dryer or several towels. Set the hair dryer on cool and be careful not to burn your bassett.

When you are bathing and shampooing your basset hound be mindful of what you are doing. Wet their coat with warm water and then wet his head. You will want to tilt back the head so you don’t get water, soap or shampoo in their eyes or ears. You can use a lot of lather but make sure that you don’t get it in their eyes or ears.

Bathing your Basset Hound can be a very rewarding experience for both you and your dog. It is a good idea to make this a routine so your dog will get used to it.

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