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How often do you bath?

By the weekend our little guy will be with us for two weeks (he's 12 weeks) and I would like to bath him. He's been rolling around lots in the yard so I'm hoping to keep the dust and allergens down from his coat. I have allergies. Is every 2-3 weeks too much?
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Every week! Sometimes twice if they need it. Especially as young pups so they get used to the bath process, including blowdryer.


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Weekly! Usually on Sunday's. We started bathing our pup at 10ish weeks. HE LOVES THE BATH. Blow drying not so much, we just let him air dry, our typically drying process is to warm a towel in the dryer and just hold him in it until most of his hair is dry

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Once a week here too. Maggie is mostly white and loves to play in the backyard with our greyhound. She gets filthy! I also comb her throughout the day, to get yard debris out of her hair.

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Also once a week. If you are using high quality grooming products, frequency shouldnt have too much effect on the dog.

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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.
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I think it depends in part on whether they get into something AND if you're keeping them long or in a puppy cut. Perry's in a puppy cut and I actually don't bathe him more than once a month, sometimes 6 weeks (and since we live where it's warm year around, he air dries). In fact, right now it's been longer than that (because of his leg - he's not crazy about baths and I didn't want him to hurt his leg more squirming in the bath). It's been probably around 9 weeks since his bath but he's also not running around much and definitely not rolling in anything outside (since he's never more than 2 feet from me on a leash if he's out of his crate). Yes, he's gotten a little stinky, but I gave him a haircut last weekend and that got rid of a lot of the stinkiness
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Wow. I bathe Sophie about every two months! Unless she gives me a better reason to. Even then she doesn't seem to need it that badly but I do brush her a lot. And her little feeties that have dug holes in the yard get rinsed off often too. <3
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Wow. I bathe Sophie about every two months! Unless she gives me a better reason to. Even then she doesn't seem to need it that badly but I do brush her a lot. And her little feeties that have dug holes in the yard get rinsed off often too. <3
I don't think that's really out of line. I said 6 weeks, but honestly it could be longer than that - I only really noticed Perry getting a little stinky within the last 2 weeks and most of that went away when I trimmed him... so if I keep him trimmed at 6 weeks or so, then he's probably good with the baths
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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.)
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