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I clean faces, butts and teeth daily and comb thoroughly down to the skin. I clean paws and legs if necessary. I rarely do a full bath. She has no odor and no skin issues and looks clean. She is half Papillon...not sure if this makes a difference. She looks like she has a Havanese coat to me.
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Hi all, does it pose any problems for the pup if he is bathed once a week even if he doesnít get out often? Just so we can keep a good clean hygiene routine for him? For example does his hair dry up, etc?


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I think it helps to do more frequent baths with a new puppy so he becomes more comfortable with baths. About 3-4 weeks after our puppy came home we found out he had giardia. The vet said to give him a bath every other day. By the end of that block he was so much better with baths. Iím not saying to give him a bath that often, that would probably dry him out! Once a week definitely wonít, and more frequently in the beginning can help get used to baths and help you get comfortable with the process while his coat is easy to manage. It seems like puppies are messier eating and going potty and get into more anyway. As he gets older heíll probably need baths less often. It really depends on his coat.

Mine would do better with a bath every 5 days but it just doesnít work well with our schedule and every time I try it ends up being 5 days, then 9, and that ends up being worse. So, he gets a bath once a week. Day 5, Iím always saying, ďHe really needs a bath!Ē
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Hi all, does it pose any problems for the pup if he is bathed once a week even if he doesn’t get out often? Just so we can keep a good clean hygiene routine for him? For example does his hair dry up, etc?
You should use a mild shampoo regardless of how often you bathe your Havadoggie. Equally important to use a good quality CONDITIONER after shampooing, while still wet. Let it soak in for a few minutes. In my opinion, any good quality human conditioner will work just fine, no need to purchase an expensive dog conditioner.

We bathe once a week to keep his butt area squeaky clean. Ricky is allowed on the furniture and we like to keep things sanitary as much as possible. On the rare occasion that Ricky might mess himself in the butt area, he gets an immediate "butt bath" to that specific area with lots of shampoo and soap.

Ricky has a beautiful, very silky, soft coat, so we must be doing something right.

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Thank you for the kind advice all. I think it makes sense to get him into bathing initially as a pup so the routine is embedded.


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Bathing once a week is fine. Bathing less is fine too, if that works for you. There are lots of different shampoo and conditioner combinations that work depending on the coat of your Havanese. Itís not one-size-fits-all. And I believe you are in the UK, so youíll have different products to choose from than we do. Try small amounts of products to start with, brpecause youíll probably tey several combinations before deciding on what you like best. Then itís usually much cheaper to buy gallon size bottles and decant them into smaller bottles for use.

I donít even use the same shampoo/conditioner combinations on all of mine or at all times! At least now that Kodi is in a puppy cut, he and Pixel are using the same all-in-one shampoo and conditioner. While Panda has her show routine shampoo and separate conditioner. Iused to use aDIFFERENT shampoo and separate conditioner on Kodi... THat conditioner was too heavy for Pandaís coat.

I donít know what kind of people conditioner Rickiís Popi buys... my personal conditioner, while it works GREAT on my dogs, costs WAY more than my dog conditioners, and I do NOT waste it on my dogs. LOL!
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