This Is How Often You Should Bathe Your Pooch


6Learn the Basics of your Pooch’s Bathtime

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If you have children, then you are probably very familiar with how frustrating it is to bathe them. One of the first things that new pet parents learn is that dogs are just as hard to bathe as children. One common mistake that pet parents make is that they tend to shower their pooch more often than necessary. Veterinarians and pet behaviorists have noticed that pet parents make a lot of showering mistakes. In fact, some of these mistakes can even lead to serious health conditions. The main reason why we have decided to write this article is that we want you and your pooch to enjoy and benefit from bathtime.





  1. I wash my dogs, Honey and Charlie about once every 3 months, depending on the weather. Here in Merced, it can be very hot in the summer. In hot weather I bathe them a bit more often because being wet helps them stay cool. I use a shamwow to remove most of the water and let them run around wet. They both seem to enjoy being cool and wet, but I don’t think they associate the bath with being cool. Neither really likes a bath, they both give all forms of water (except in a water dish) a wide berth, but both tolerate being bathed.

  2. I bathe and groom twice a year unless they get sick or get into something outside. One dog absolutely hates anything to do with this. The other tolerates but usually ends up enjoying the warm water on his joints (he’s 16). The only part the 16 yo hates is ear cleaning. But getting liquid in your ears is a bit annoying as I can’t stand it either!!! He’s allowed to shake as much as he wants after I’ve massaged and cleaned out the yuck.

  3. I’ve had dogs all my life, dachsunds when I was young and then border collies for the last 40 years. I never bath them as a routine. If they roll in something disgusting eg fox poo which has to be washed off, then they get a wash in the affected area.
    From time to time (less than once a year) they may have had to stay at a kennels or minder and are usually given a bath before they come home. I’ve only had one who liked sea bathing and I always hosed off the salt water afterwards.
    I don’t see why dogs should need bathing. I must admit that if Collies’ coats get muddy the dirt dries and falls off and the dog washes his own paws and tummy. I groom then regularly, which also helps keep the coat clean, and people always comment on how clean my black and white or tri-coloured collies look.
    I don’t believe in removing the natural oil in the coat and skin which keeps the dog warm and dry.

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