Before we venture any further on this tangent, we must first make a disclaimer: post-walk grooming and daily baths are not one of the same things. In fact, dog baths on a daily can dry out your best pal’s skin, causing skin irritation. Most dogs have a regular bathing schedule, and we would not advise deviating from that. Reserve additional baths for the muddiest of muddy endeavors (and also post-swim, if your doggy is a paddler), and give your dog more of a ‘spot clean’ post-walk.
In addition to a basic facial/pantaloon wipe-down at the door (if required and applicable), be prepared to wipe your doggo’s paws clean with a warm, wet cloth or towel. You can repeat this process with any other affected areas, but of course, the feet are most crucial. Unlike humans, dogs do not wear shoes, and so their bare feet will have accumulated germs, grime, and toxins from the outside world. When wiping their paws, ensure to be gentle, as some canine toes are quite tender. Also, ensure to dry thoroughly. You don’t need slippery pawprints in your home!
If you do feel your dog needs a bath, we hear you. Sometimes dogs take an unexpected dive in the local lake or decide they want a mudbath. So long as you don’t deviate too far from their regular bathing schedule, you should be as fine as a canine. As we said before, just beware of skin irritation induced by excessive bathing. This can be caused by harsh chemicals in some shampoos, which you should endeavor to keep out of your dog’s mouth and eyes.