How Often is too Often when it Comes to Bathing

  • My basenji Griffin loves to go to the dog park, so we try to take him there at least once or twice a week. We love the park too because it tires him out for a good 24 hours. He LOVES to chase and be chased by the other dogs. The only problem is that he gets pretty dirty - both from the dirt and other dog's saliva. We've been averaging about one bath every two weeks because of the dog park visits. And if we go twice a week - we usually give two baths. Is this too much? If so, what else can I do to clean him after these dog park visits? When we bathe him, we use an oatmeal dog shampoo. He hasn't been experiencing any dry skin, so I think it's okay so far.

  • Hey, if it works for you.. and he is not had any problems with dry skin… I would say you are doing fine....

  • Ditto what Pat says…

    I use wipes's sort of quick wipe down bathe if I'm lazy πŸ˜ƒ Kind of like a human sponge bath πŸ˜ƒ πŸ˜ƒ πŸ˜ƒ

  • It's a judgment call really on the bathing. A little saliva here and there just use the dog wipes. Mine used to get their feet/legs really muddy chasing rabbits in early spring so I just take a wet wash cloth and clean them off. If they rolled on on a smelly dead seal at the beach it's automatic bath.

  • During the summer I bathe my dogs every couple of weeks – more if I feel they need it. I use a protein/lanolin shampoo by biogreen, and we've never had a problem with dry skin; leaves their coats so shiny and soft, and doesn't smell funky like some dog shampoos do.

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