It is important for you to bathe your Scottie. This can help them to feel and smell good. When your Scottie gets dirty, you will want to make sure to give them a bath to make them and yourself feel better, especially if you love nothing more than to cuddle. But you may wonder how often should you bathe your Scottie.
Your Scottie will need a bath every two to four weeks. This will help to remove the dirt they accumulate while playing outside and prevent knotted hair. You can occasionally give them a bath more often if they get really messy or like rolling in the mud. Just don’t overdo shampooing. Make sure you wash the soap out with water, otherwise, the Scottie may feel itchy and uncomfortable.
Let’s take a closer look at how often you should bathe your Scottie. Why it is important to give Scotties a bath on a regular basis?
How Often Can I Bathe My Scottie?
Everybody should bathe regularly, including Scottish Terriers. This will help them keep clean and can prevent them from getting an infection or anything else that may make them sick. It is a good idea to give your Scottie a bath every two to four weeks. Write it down on the calendar to help you remember, so your Scottie will get cleaned on time.
When your Scottie gets dirty and muddy from all that playing outside, then you can give them an extra bath. However, try to avoid bathing more often than once a week.
Why Do I Need to Bathe My Scottie?
There are many reasons why you should bathe your Scottie. Forgetting to do this and not keeping up with the routine bathing schedule can be a bad thing.
Dirt and grease can stick to your Scotties hair and can cause matting over time. This makes the hair hard to clean and you may need to get the scissors out to get through all of the tangles and knots.
The longer you go without giving your dog a bath the more Scottie will stink. This can be due to all of the dirt and other unwanted things that start to gather and grow on your dog over time. If you notice that your dog stinks a little bit, you will need to bathe the Scottie.
Can I Bathe My Scottie Too Often?
When you give your Scottie a bath too often, issues with skin drying out may arise. Extra visits to the Vet may be needed. Baths remove the natural oils that dogs need to keep skin healthy. Without this natural oil, your Scottie’s skin may become itchy and uncomfortable. Less bathing gives the oils time to reproduce and moisturise the dog’s skin again.
This is why the recommendation is to bathe your Scottie every two to four weeks. Occasionally you can choose to bathe your Scottie more often if your Scottie get’s too dirty from running around outside or being too involved in the kitchen.
Some dogs have more sensitive skin than other dogs. Experiment with different Dog lotions/shampoos and find what works best may be needed.
What if My Scottie Does Not Like Baths?
It is not uncommon for your Scottie to not like taking a bath. They may not like getting wet, be scared of the noise that comes from the tap, or not like it because the water gets into their ears.
If your Scottie is not a fan of baths, then you need to normalise the process. Using lots of praise and even some treats will help them to find bath time fun. Also, try placing the dog in the bath with no water and slowly fill it up.
Consistency is key when bathing your Scottie. Bathing on a regular basis will help familiarise your dog with the process. If baths are a rare thing, it’s likely that your Scottie will continue to be scared.
How Should I Bathe My Scottie?
Regular bath times are necessary to help take care of your Scotties health, It’s amazing how much dirt can come off such a small dog!
Here are some bathing tips for a successful Scottiebath:
- Brush your Scottie down first: Before you place them in the water, take some time to brush out all those knotts and tangles, it’s easier to do this before everything is wet.
- Test the temperature: Dogs should not be bathed in the hot water you bathe in. Keep the water warm and a lot colder tempeture than you are used to.
- Clean the hair: Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner to clean your dog. Start at the scruff of their neck and then make your way up, and then down the back, legs, and chest. This will insure everything has been cleaned. Wash out all the shampoo and the conditioner to make sure the soap does not stay under the hair and make the dog skin dry and itchy.
- Dry your Scottie: When the bath is done, keep a hold on your Scottie. From experience, many Scotties are likely to sprint off and rub themselves on all of your furniture. Drying your Scottie fast will help them to feel better. You can use a hair dryer for this, but be cautious of the heat. Also, many terrier dogs try to attack hairdryers, not all dogs enjoy the sound.
- Bathes are great: Use positive associations when bathing your dog. This can keep them from being scared. Give your Scottie something as a distraction as they get in the bath, such as a licking pad or a nice treat when they are done.
Keeping Your Scottie Clean
It’s important to keep your Scottie clean and help them get the baths that they need to stay healthy and smell good. If your Scottie does not like having a bath, then you may not want to do it often because the process is long.
Familiar with having baths as a puppy, and having a strong persistence over bathing, the task will only become easier. With treats and rewards, your Scotty may even start to enjoy bath time.