There is not a specific frequency for giving your dogs a bath or a full groom. In my 12 years of experience as a groomer, I can say that there are four main factors that determinate when to groom your dogs: The breed, physical activity (swimming, hiking, dog camp outings), health condition (special skin issues), and anything else that might affect one of the members of the family (allergies, babies, etc.)
Grooming your Dog – Frequency
On occasion, if for example the dogs have allergies or an extreme itching condition and they are following a special treatment, the frequency may vary between one or two weeks. Outdoor dogs like hiking, swimming, or spending most of the time outdoors, the frequency could even be 2 times a week in some cases.
The Breed of your Dog
Talking about the breed, there are dogs such as Labradoodles, Poodles, Shiatsus, York Shire Terriers, Maltese and Golden Doodles that can be short or long haired. The longer the hair, the more often (every two to tree weeks) it needs to be groomed, since the hair can get matted easily if the dog is not brushed on a daily bases or for some reason the dog is frequently licking any part of its body.
Short hair dogs such as Labradors, Pugs, Pitbulls, Chihuahuas, Jack Russell Terriers and French Bulldogs, should be bathed at least once a month, especially for keeping teeth, nails and ears in a good condition.
A good number for those dogs that don’t need hair cuts as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Saint Bernards Sprinter Spanish , would be three weeks. In that way you can keep the hair unmated and soft with the help of a good conditioner.
Shampoo and Conditioner for your Dog
The type shampoo and conditioner you use on your dog is very important. Besides the fact of being special for dogs, and different for each breed and hair types, they have to be applied in the proper way, leaving it in for five to ten minutes. It will also help the coat to get softer, length and shine your dog deserves.
A very important part of the bath process is drying the dog completely and brushing them very well. It will help to avoid ear infections, extreme sheading, and bad odors. If you towel-dry your furry friend in a closed room instead of in a cage drier machine like many pet grooming shops, dogs that are not totally dry can have a strong bad odor even the same day you gave them a bath. Brushing the dog helps to take out all the undercoat (especially in some short haired breeds), making them feel fresh.
The Ups and Downs of Dog Grooming
When making the decision of what doggie to buy or adopt, it is really important to consider you life style and also the budget for grooming you are able to spend. Believe it or not, dogs know when they are clean and tidy and it affects its mood and behavior in a positive way. Grooming your dog can be a great bonding experience, but if you don’t have the time or the skills to do it yourself, make sure you get it done by a professional, so their hair doesn’t get matted.