As a pet parent, you already know that every dog gets dirty. Of course, some dogs get dirtier than others. For most dogs, if there’s a puddle on the ground, they’ll find it and roll around in it for good measure. Corgis are no different from any other canine in that respect.
While there is no specific bathing schedule you need to stick to with your little Corgi friend, we recommend bathing your pup no more than once a month unless it gets incredibly filthy.
How Often Do Corgis Need Baths?
Your dog’s bathing frequency depends on how active they are. Corgis are particular dogs, and some will go out of their way to stay away from anything dirty, while others head straight for the nearest mud puddle and dive right in.
This means that if your Corgi doesn’t get dirty very often, you don’t have to bathe them as much. On the other hand, if your Corgi is constantly getting dirty, you’ll need to bathe them more often. Most dogs that tend to get dirty can be on a biweekly or even weekly bathing schedule.
Remember, bathing your Corgi too much will dry out its skin, making it dry and itchy. So, less is better if possible.
How do You Bathe a Corgi?
Giving your Corgi a bath doesn’t have to be a complicated process. However, it’s vital only to use bath water that is slightly above room temperature. A bath for a human is too hot for a Corgi, and it’s best to wait until your dog is relaxed before bath time; a hyper Corgi will not be easy to calm down or control in the water. Before bathing your pup, brush it thoroughly to remove loose hair and debris.
Although it may be tempting to use your brand, human shampoo is too acidic for dogs, and dog shampoo is formulated to be gentle on canine skin. If your dog has sensitive skin, you may need a prescription shampoo to prevent irritation. First, lower your Corgi into the tub and wet its fur. Then, rub in the shampoo until it lathers up. Some brands require you to wait for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing the suds off.
Next, rinse your pup’s fur thoroughly until all the shampoo is gone, and dry it with a towel. Hair dryers are too hot (and scary) for Corgis, and it’s better to take 10 minutes or more to ensure it’s dried with a soft towel. Make sure the dog is completely dry before letting them run around the house again.
Corgis can maintain their healthy coats with monthly baths, but active dogs that spend several hours outdoors will need baths more often; some may require one a week. Although bathing is important, avoid giving your dog too many baths. This can dry out the dog’s skin, deplete the hair’s natural oils, and lead to irritation.
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