Spaniel Falls Asleep in Bath Post-Walk Before Paws Are Washed: 'Precious'

An adorable dog has charmed nearly one million people on TikTok after falling asleep in the bath after a long walk with their human.

The dog, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Happy, lives in Kraków, Poland, and has nearly 7,000 followers on the social media platform.

User Dog Mummy commented, "Omg that's so cute!!!", while another user wrote, "Cutieeeee."

"His nose looks like a little heart," said one user, while another shared, "My dog doesn't even get this far after a long walk. Always falls asleep 😴 directly behind the door on the fluffy carpet. 😁🐶."

However, it's not all cuteness overloads in the comments, as the video of the pup in the bathtub has got people talking about how often you should wash your dog.

User flateando wrote, "Please stop doing that and use wet wipes. No hate, it is not ok for the paws everyday. He is soo sweet🥰", which prompted the original poster to reply, "Thank you, we have our vets to consult with. Not people from the internet."

User Summer also chimed in with, "I bet he's fake sleeping so he can avoid the 100th wash of the day" to which the original poster replied, "This is a fake dog actually."

As dog washing is clearly a hot topic, how often should you wash your dog?

According to UK charity the Blue Cross, "you may be tempted to think that a dog's coat needs to be washed as often as we wash our own hair. But, in fact, dogs are better left without being washed for as long as possible. Dogs have sensitive skin and cleaning them too often can really dry out their coat and can cause skin irritation.

"Unless they get dirty or roll in something a bit gross, it's best to leave the natural oils in their coat do all the hard work: they're pretty great at self-cleaning. If you use drop on flea and worming treatment, this will also be washed away every time you bathe them."

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Doggy bath time. Stock Image. A viral TikTok post has sparked debate online about how often you should wash your dog. Getty Images

On the other hand, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends you bathe your dog at least once every three months, "But some may require more frequent baths if he or she spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems."

Here are its tips for washing your pooch:

  1. First, give your pet a good brushing to remove all dead hair and mats, and then put him or her in a tub or sink that's been filled with about three to four inches of lukewarm water.
  2. Then, use a spray hose, large plastic pitcher or an unbreakable cup to completely wet your pet.
  3. Take care to not spray or pour water directly in his ears, eyes or nose.
  4. Gently massage in shampoo, working from head to tail, and rinse and repeat as needed.
  5. Dry him or her thoroughly by giving your pet a good rub with a large towel. Voila, clean pet!
  6. Dogs with loose facial skin or wrinkles—such as Shar Peis and Pugs—will need special attention. To prevent dirt and bacteria from causing irritation and infection, clean the folds with damp cotton. Always thoroughly dry the areas between the folds.