Like you, we only want the best for ourselves and our animals.
Our range of New Zealand Made all natural products looks after the skin and coats of dogs, horses and loads of other pets around the world. Full of good natural stuff, our range of Soaps, 100% Natural Spritzers, Shampoos and Paw Balm helps fight itching, deters nasties like fleas and ticks; battles fungal infections; whitens whites and leaves a show quality shine. Naturally (of course)!
Nature is a powerful force and has already created the finest ingredients so you won’t find any synthetic nasties like parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or colours in our range. Our ingredients are spray-free or organic and all our products are cruelty free.
Being sustainable and ethical aren’t just trendy terms at WashBar. To us, they are a way of life.

How often should I wash my dog?

Bathtime :-)

How often should I wash my dog?

It’s a question we get asked all the time.

It’s a hotly debated topic but in the end (like most things) it really is your choice.

In Singapore and other parts of Asia dogs are generally washed weekly. Pampered dogs in China usually get to enjoy a twice weekly bath. I once sent a bar of Horse & Hound to someone who lived in an apartment in Japan and she washed her medium sized dog every day. Compared to other parts of the world, New Zealand and Australia are infrequent washers – with the average period between baths being around 4 to 6 weeks, and in winter months even less frequently.

In New Zealand I often meet people who take great delight in letting me know that they never wash their dog. These are generally working dogs or dogs that permanently live outside and whilst it’s their choice I can almost guarantee you’d need to wash your hands after giving one of these dogs a pat, and you certainly wouldn’t want to cuddle one.

Some people believe that washing strips the natural oils from a dogs coat and a wash once or twice a year is all that is required. Those of us with allergic dogs will tell you that all that scratching will ultimately lead to a not so delightful smell. (It’s disrupted oil glands over-excreting oil which goes rancid – yuck!) When Monday (the WashBar Spokesdog) was at her allergic worst, we washed her twice a week and her coat had a deep healthy gloss that people often commented on.

In the end, how often you wash your dog is entirely up to you, and probably influenced by your lifestyle. I’d strongly suggest that if you are washing regularly – use a natural product – because the ‘nasty’ ingredients found in many shampoos will have an even bigger impact on your dog’s skin.