Great Pyrenees Bathing

Bathing your Great Pyrenees does not have to be a daily or even a weekly affair. Any dog owner needs to be aware of the wide array of resposnsibilities that lay before them. Feeding, playing, going for walks, and such activities seemlessly become routine in your daily life. There are other tasks that become more important depending on the breed of dog you own. With a Great Pyrenees, brushing, for example, becomes an important regular grooming task. Bathing does not fit into this category, but should not be forgotten or ignored either. Every once in a while, wether seasonally, for shows, or just for special occasions when you want your dog to represent the family well, bathing is a necessary task.

Something that will probably surprise readers is that there are actually two different types of baths you can give a dog: either a wet bath or a dry one. I will begin the conversation on Great Pyrenees bathing with wet bathing, since it is more recognizable.

Wet bathing is your ordinary bath for a dog. The important question for the Great Pyrenees is when to do it, and that all depends on the coat. If their coat is full and loosely attached, you run the risk of clogging your bath with tons and tons of fluffy white Great Pyrenees fur. You can test this by gently tugging on fur from your dog’s leg. If it doesn’t come off easily, then you should be ok to go ahead with the wet bathing.
In terms of shampoos, do not use one made for people. This may be obvious, but be sure to use a formula designed specifically for a dog’s coat. After the bath is complete, it is better to blot dry than to scrub aggressively. You will not cause any harm in doing so, but you will lose some of the Great Pyrenees’s special fluff.

The dry bathing process is a combination of a couple different powders put into a spray bottle and then worked into the Great Pyrenees’s coat by hand. It is a difficult and thorough process and will make you appreciate the relative ease of normal wet bathing. The various ingredients are: baking soda, corn starch, calcium carbonate, baby powder and Boirc Acid powder. Use all of these with caution and keep the spray out of the Great Pyrenees’s eyes and face.