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Thanks, we went for a car ride tonight that didn't turn out too well (got sick) so we had to have a bath. He didn't like it too much but I think he will be having one weekly so he will get used of it. I use Isle of Dog products.
I never go more than 2 weeks between baths on mine... more often weekly. The two with long coats tangle more if they aren't kept very clean, and the one in a puppy cut... well, let's just say she's the "Tom Boy" in the family and needs to roll in EVERYTHING!!! LOL! Plus they cuddle on the bed with us, and I don't like cuddling with stinky dogs!

And, yes, few of them ever "like" having a bath, but they learn that it is a fact of life, and put up with it with good grace.
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I generally stay out of the "frequency of bathing" conversations, because I've been a little embarrassed to share that unless something out of the ordinary happens, Shama only gets bathed at the groomer's every six weeks. At first, it was because she was so little, and we were afraid of hurting her while giving her a bath, but then it was because we didn't want to deal with blow drying her. We haven't invested in a dog blow dryer, and it takes forever to dry her with my human hair dryer on the lowest heat setting even with high speed. We do find ourselves giving her frequent butt washes as sometimes her poop sticks to her hair, but I'm hoping that my new method of mixing kibble into her training treats will reduce the frequency of sticky poop.

Thanks, Dee Dee, for giving me the courage to confess to our "less often than many forum members" Shama bathing habits.

Below are photos of Shama just after an outdoor agility lesson including mud and horse manure as well as photos of her in the bath. (I ended up letting her mostly air dry but then combed her out to make sure no hair would mat.)
I don't think there is ANY hard and fast rule on when you "should" bathe a Havanese... People tolerate more or less "doggy" smell (NOT talking about turkey or deer poo here! ) have allergies or not, and with long haired dogs, need to find a frequency that keeps the coat in good condition. I think that if you're dog can look good and smell OK with a bath only every couple of months, GO FOR IT!!! I would! LOL!

What I try to get people over is the idea that it is somehow "bad" for the dog to get bathed more often. It is not. It doesn't "damage their skin" any more than it damages OUR skin to take a shower every day. As long as you use good quality, gentle products, bathe your dog when ever it works for YOU!!!


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^^What Karen says. Tucker gets bathed on average every 2 weeks, occasionally every week.

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This has been a very interesting thread. I am really surprised how many bath so frequently. I have never noticed any kind of bad smell with Sophie even after weeks of no bathing unless she does roll in a dead worm or something. It takes me 4 hours to brush, bath, trim and brush again so we avoid it. Although I must say she does seem to enjoy it and will leap up at the sink sometimes when we go in there. She would look so forlorn when I was bathing Aunt Edna and not her. Or when I rinse my own hair off in there. But i also have always tried to make bath and grooming time super fun with treats and special toys and lots (and lots) of praise and baby talk.

I just reached a major deadline with an art thing and kept telling Sophie Aug 16 (the day after) was going to be a spa day for her. But oddly her coat lately has seemed super easy to manage. Not many mats and when I brush it out it stays that way. Maybe because it's been so dry we get a lot of rain and wet here in winter so am guessing it will go back to being hard to care for this fall. But for now I'm loving being able to brush her out and have her look pretty and stay that way. Her coat seems to me to have a different texture too not sure if it's my imagination or something to do with all the silvering? She likes being brushed so it's not a hardship for her and I love brushing her. So I am not going to trim her down short this time just her bangs and feet. I love her in her longer coat. <3
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Oh my oh my. What a before and after of Shama! Also, I couldn't help but notice all the fruit growing along that beautiful lattice work. If there is a world war, and we are all in survival mode, would it be okay to come over to your place?
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This has been a very interesting thread. I am really surprised how many bath so frequently. I have never noticed any kind of bad smell with Sophie even after weeks of no bathing unless she does roll in a dead worm or something. It takes me 4 hours to brush, bath, trim and brush again so we avoid it. Although I must say she does seem to enjoy it and will leap up at the sink sometimes when we go in there. She would look so forlorn when I was bathing Aunt Edna and not her. Or when I rinse my own hair off in there. But i also have always tried to make bath and grooming time super fun with treats and special toys and lots (and lots) of praise and baby talk.

I just reached a major deadline with an art thing and kept telling Sophie Aug 16 (the day after) was going to be a spa day for her. But oddly her coat lately has seemed super easy to manage. Not many mats and when I brush it out it stays that way. Maybe because it's been so dry we get a lot of rain and wet here in winter so am guessing it will go back to being hard to care for this fall. But for now I'm loving being able to brush her out and have her look pretty and stay that way. Her coat seems to me to have a different texture too not sure if it's my imagination or something to do with all the silvering? She likes being brushed so it's not a hardship for her and I love brushing her. So I am not going to trim her down short this time just her bangs and feet. I love her in her longer coat. <3
I think Pixel's coat is similar in length to Sophie's, and like Sophie, she matted TERRIBLY as an adolescent. But also like Sophie, her coat has been MUCH easier to manage in the last few months.

My problem with HER the most, and to a lesser extent with all of them, is that we have turkeys that roost in the back yard trees... and poop all night. So there is ALWAYS fresh turkey poop to roll in. THEY seem to think it is like French perfume. Me? Not so much! LOL!

I DO have the bath/blow dries down to 2 hours for all three, though. That doesn't include any trimming of hair, but does include nails on Panda and Kodi. (I can only do Pixel's nails if Dave is around to hold her... She is DEFINITELY a two person job when it comes to nails!)
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OH seeing the pics of Shama wet and dry now! My heart is a puddle at my feet. She is SO adorable! Wet or dry, pre or post bath. She looks like such a little doll and I bet she is. I agree with Tux's can we come stay with you too that trellis looks delicious and the little girl at the bottom is even better! You may have said but how much does she weigh? She looks tiny in her pics Sophie is 9.2 but is pretty tall although people who see her in pics only and then in person ALWAYS...every time....first thing they say is they can't believe how small she is. Must be since I take most photos of her up close and at eye level so she looks bigger.

Karen very interesting that Pixel's coat has been easier to manage for you too lately! I hope it stays that way! But I'm thinking maybe it's the time of the year, between coat changes maybe this is the easiest time for everyone? or their age? Or the dry weather? Or a miracle???

Oh man am I glad I don't have those turkeys. Sophie would eat the poop for sure and I'd have one sad sick puppy on my hands! Bad enough when the birds fly overhead and poop.

I can't believe you do three in two hours. Part of my time for Sophie is filled with the brushing and getting every little knot out so it doesn't get hung up in the clippers. But that hasn't been as big of a problem lately. Also includes lots of trimming. So since I won't be doing that this time will be interesting next bath to see how long it will take. Surely if you can do three in two, I can do one in one!
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This has been a very interesting thread. I am really surprised how many bath so frequently. I have never noticed any kind of bad smell with Sophie even after weeks of no bathing unless she does roll in a dead worm or something. It takes me 4 hours to brush, bath, trim and brush again so we avoid it. Although I must say she does seem to enjoy it and will leap up at the sink sometimes when we go in there. She would look so forlorn when I was bathing Aunt Edna and not her. Or when I rinse my own hair off in there. But i also have always tried to make bath and grooming time super fun with treats and special toys and lots (and lots) of praise and baby talk.
...She likes being brushed so it's not a hardship for her and I love brushing her. So I am not going to trim her down short this time just her bangs and feet. I love her in her longer coat. <3
You are so lucky! One of the reasons I keep Perry in a puppy coat is that he isn't crazy about being brushed (he'll tolerate it) and I'm not that crazy about having to do it too often. In fact that's my main gauge of when he needs a haircut - when it starts to mat and I have to brush him more frequently

he's also really not crazy about baths, but again he tolerates them (after trying once or twice to guilt me into letting him out - soaking wet, standing with the front legs on my leg, giving me the really sad puppy eyes) so I only give them when he's getting noticeably stinky which is at least 6 weeks, often closer to 8 weeks. I can't even imagine having to go through all of it and blow dry him (baths are always early enough in the day when it's warm so that he can air dry)
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OH seeing the pics of Shama wet and dry now! My heart is a puddle at my feet. She is SO adorable! Wet or dry, pre or post bath. She looks like such a little doll and I bet she is. I agree with Tux's can we come stay with you too that trellis looks delicious and the little girl at the bottom is even better! You may have said but how much does she weigh? She looks tiny in her pics Sophie is 9.2 but is pretty tall although people who see her in pics only and then in person ALWAYS...every time....first thing they say is they can't believe how small she is. Must be since I take most photos of her up close and at eye level so she looks bigger.

Karen very interesting that Pixel's coat has been easier to manage for you too lately! I hope it stays that way! But I'm thinking maybe it's the time of the year, between coat changes maybe this is the easiest time for everyone? or their age? Or the dry weather? Or a miracle???

Oh man am I glad I don't have those turkeys. Sophie would eat the poop for sure and I'd have one sad sick puppy on my hands! Bad enough when the birds fly overhead and poop.

I can't believe you do three in two hours. Part of my time for Sophie is filled with the brushing and getting every little knot out so it doesn't get hung up in the clippers. But that hasn't been as big of a problem lately. Also includes lots of trimming. So since I won't be doing that this time will be interesting next bath to see how long it will take. Surely if you can do three in two, I can do one in one!
Yes, clipping Pixel is AT LEAST a couple of hours, since I'm not very good (or fast) at it, and don't want to make horrible mistakes! LOL! So if I did that with every bath, it would take CONSIDERABLY longer!!! But just a bath and blow dry on Pixel is well under 1/2 hour. I don't worry about getting her head or legs completely dry... She'll just go out and get them wet agaiN! I just get her body dry so she isn't cold.

Panda I dry completely, Kodi HATES his face being dried, so on him, I dry his body and legs, and get the majority of moisture out of his ears, then let his face dry naturally. He has the most coat, so he takes the longest anyway.

Last night I bathed all three, and did Kodi and Panda's nails, and blow dried ALL of them only body and legs, because it was late. I got them all done in well under 2 hours. No trimming at all, though.
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