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    Default How Often to Give Puppy a Bath?

    Hey everyone
    Being new to all things doggy, I'm not sure how often I should be giving Sally (10 week old Golden Retriever) a bath. She's an outside/inside dog, so gets lots of chances to get grubby in the garden. I've been giving her a quick brush (she won't stay still for long) most days. Should I just give her a quick wipe over on the grubby bits every so often, or should I be giving her a bath fortnightly or something like that?? She's a bit whiffy, but I'm not sure if that's just her normal doggy odour. Like I said, I'm clueless!!
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    I bath mine once a week or at least every fornight. but this is due to skin irrations in my dogs I suppose it comes down to personal preference although you do need to think about hygiene eg. if they have poo on them etc

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    Try not to wash more than once a fortnight as it will strip the oils out of the coat.

    If she gets dirty or rolls in something particularly nasty then rinse her with water to get the offending substance out of her coat and the smell will dissipate.

    I use an Oatmeal and Aloe Vera shampoo once a month and a natural flea shampoo on the opposite fortnight. Haven't had any fleas yet - knock on wood - and Batty smells pretty good. I leave him for an extra few days or until he starts smelling if he doesn't smell at that point in time.

    This is just what I do. Hopefully it'll help you?

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    I like to wash my puppies every 3 weeks, having said that I am generally doing this so that they get used to having a bath more so than actually cleaning the dog as whippets are generally very clean/low odor so I dilute the shampoo.

    Use a gentle dog shampoo. I find it easy to use a kitchen sponge to work the shampoo into the coat and up and underneath the dog.

    Have a helper offer tit-bits of food to keep puppy still if needed.

    I have found that most gun dogs love a bath. I wash my adult setter once a month. She has a table that I groom her on (husband made it out of scrap timber) and it sits out under the shade of a tree. She will get groomed for hours (though only short bursts for a puppy). She loves a wash, trim and blow-dry. The table is approximately lounge height, so that I can sit on a stool and not kill my back. It also has a non slip surface. I make sure she is always completely dried off.

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    I only wash Roly when he needs it, like when he's dirty.
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    I started out giving my dogs a bath once a fortnight to get them used to it, now they only get one if they're stinky.

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    I wouldn't do it more than once a fortnight, unless they've rolled in something! I only wash my dogs when they get stinky, so this varies from dog to dog.

    When you wash, ensure you get the shampoo right down to the skin, and make sure that all shampoo is thorougly rinsed off - the fur should have a "squeaky" feel!

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    Hi Vanessa.

    I would recommend that you only wash a pet dog when it is either that filthy it's not funny, or when it stinks so much you can't bear the smell of it.

    By the way, you also need to take into consideration that the Golden Retriever is reknown to possess a unique individual smell (IMO the smell would be best described as an oily cheesy scent) that permeates from it's coat, unlike most other breeds.
    This is a smell that you really should try to get used to, as you will be living with it for the next 10-15 years.

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    I bath mine about once a month. Bella sometimes gets a "back end only" wash if poo gets caught in her fur. Both get ears, eyes and teeth inspected every day or 2.

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    I only wash when they are dirty or when Sumo has skin allergies and he gets washed in Malaseb

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