(Closed) How often do you bath your dog?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How often do you bath your pooch?
    Once a month : (12 votes)
    16 %
    A couple-Several times a month : (18 votes)
    24 %
    Every other month-Once every 2/3 months : (11 votes)
    14 %
    A few times within a 4-6 month time period : (4 votes)
    5 %
    A few times a year : (7 votes)
    9 %
    When he/she stinks/Gets dirty : (24 votes)
    32 %
    Other/Explain. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    My fellow Pom owner!

    Pom’s should only be bathed once a month with frequent brushing in between. We have our pups groomed once a month and any more than that tends to cause issues with their skin and coat.

    If your pup has issues in bewteen the bathing you can try a dry shampoo spray (I use a great one from Petsmart, smells like baby powder but cannot remember the name). They work great to freshen up the pups and get out the knots/tangles.

    Post # 5
    Member
    4014 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I bath my Boston’s a few times a month. They don’t shed very much, but bathing them really keeps it minimal! Plus, my dogs LOVE taking baths! Especially when they get to run around the house like crazed psychopaths when they’re done!

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @Sweet.Sugar.Rose: No problem. Poms are tricky because of that thick undercoat and it took us a while to get the hang of it.

    If you get your pup groomed I recommend any type of anti-shedding treatment. At Petsmart they call it the Furminator and it makes a HUGE difference in matting and shedding (did I say huge???). If you do the grooming on your own look for a similar type shampoo product. Also, for the clumps of matted hair yeah go ahead and cut it out, I do it all the time especially in their ‘elbow’ region and behind the ears. Trimming the butt region is a good idea too, my pups backside is kept short for the obvious reasons.

    I am honestly pretty lazy when it comes to grooming but with the detangling dry shampoo (wish I remembered the name, call Petsmart and ask…smells like baby powder) and the furminator I haven’t had to brush as often. I used to do it about once a week. Make sure you have the proper brush that gets the undercoat rather than just on top.

    Side note, never ever ever ever allow anyone to shave your Pom. Often times their coats won’t grow back and you’ll have a funny looking pup forever. Make sure if you choose to use a groomer they always knows if there is a knot they can’t get out either cut it or let you do it…..no over the top shaving (sanitary trimming of course is ok).

    Post # 7
    Member
    3601 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I have a pit/sharpei mix. I wash him every monday at home. Once a month he goes to Petco instead and ges his nails trimmed and teeth brushed as well.

    Post # 8
    Member
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I just do it whenever our lab mix gets dirty or smells (so usually every couple months).  She HATES baths so I don’t put her through it any more often than we have to.

    Post # 9
    Member
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    We don’t do it often enough! It’s my husband’s job, so usually when I want him to have a bath (and have already told him he’s smelly but he hasn’t done it yet), I’ll mention to my mom that she’s allowed to get him extra dirty at the dog park. She tends to do that anyway, being his grandma she loves to spoil him and let him do whatever he wants.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It’s different for us in summer and winter.  In the winter, my golden gets a bath about once each month.  In the summer, baths are more frequent because we take him to a lake and the dog park much more often.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I bathe ours a lot, they’re really active, we go running a lot, they play alot together, they go to my FI’s mom’s house and swim in the pool or to my parent’s house and roll in cow poop.   They’re indoor/outdoor dogs…so I take their hygeine fairly serious!

    Post # 12
    Member
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    Our German Shorthair Pointer gets a bath every two weeks if she doesn’t do anything stinky/dirty.  We have a super stinky, gross, greasy swamp she goes in when my Mum is walking her (My Mum is my paid dog walker to help out while Fiance is deployed, bless her heart!)  But she lets the dog swim in that shiTE! πŸ™ lololol~  Needless to say it’s bath time before reentering the house

    Post # 13
    Member
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    My lab hates the water, and she won’t even go near the bathroom.  We’re talking she has wrapped all four legs around me and held on and we both fell.  So when I she starts stinking we drag her to the hose and wash her off …… we try to dry her but she seriously runs around and rolls in the grass right away.

    Post # 14
    Member
    1807 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Probably once a month. More if its summer/or if shes been rolling around in shit (that happens too often unfortunately).

    Whenever we give her baths she gets canine acne breakouts all over her chin. Go figure. We have to be careful about the shampoo we use (some is worse than others…but all do it) and we don’t scrub her chin.

    Post # 15
    Member
    2792 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We have a lab and he gets groomed once every 2-3 months-ish? More like 3. He doesn’t shed too much, but we should probably do it more often due to my allergies. He hates going and the last time he ended up with limber tail, so we’re looking for a new place because it’s impossible for us to do it ourselves πŸ™

    Post # 16
    Member
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My dog (lab/golden mix) loves baths!  Seriously, he follows me into the bathroom, I make him naked, (lol…take off his collar), and he jumps into the tub then sits there until I tell him to get out, (or make him move so I can wash him better).  He loves to be brushed even more!  

    We have a Furminator for brushing, and I LOVE it!  We also bought a RapidBath for bathing, and I LOVE that, too.  It hooks on to your shower or hose, and has a shampoo cartridge so you can wet them and soap them up quickly.  I was hesitant to buy it, but did because it had good reviews online.  I will say it does take longer than three minutes to bathe them, like the ads claim, BUT that is because the water pressure in the bathroom I bathe the dog isn’t the best.  When I hooked it up to a different shower, it worked a lot faster.  

    We pretty much only give Buddy baths when he starts getting smelly or gets dirty.  But he’s generally fairly good about keeping clean, so I guess it’s usually just when he gets smelly.  I would say once every month or two…

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