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How often should a puppy be bathed?  I gave Gizmo a bath the day after we brought him home last week.  He is 10 weeks old.  He goes outside and sits in the grass and comes in with very wet/dirty paws and chin.  Then he smells like a puppy after being outside.  We will have him groomed at some point.  Which brings up another question ... how old should he be before taking him to a groomer?  I don't want to traumatize him if he's too young.

 

Thanks for your help.

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Comment by Jo Bill on October 21, 2011 at 5:12pm
Thanks for the info.  I am in the process of finding a groomer as we speak.  Thanks for your help.
Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 21, 2011 at 12:35am
We learned that you bathe them every 4 to 6 weeks. Daily or even weekly in fact affects not only their coats, but their skin and makes them prone to skin infections or other issues. I agree with Laurie though, taking Gizmo to the groomer for a visit and for a quick tidy will allow him to familiarize himself with the process (and the separation from you) and it will be better for future visits.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on October 20, 2011 at 3:59pm

I keep a hose and towel ready at my back door to wash off Gingers feet when we go walking, if they get dirty enough.  Even if she doesn't get dirty, I just use the towel to wipe the feet so she gets used to the fact that she has to have her feet cleaned before she can go inside.  Didn't take long for her to understand and accept that.

Agree with Lois about the Adams flee and Tick products...I use the Adams shampoo on Ginger...a bath about every week and a half in normal times (she's 3 years old ).  It leaves a nice scent.  they have doggie handy wipes that I use to wash Gingers face after a walk.

Comment by Jo Bill on October 20, 2011 at 9:23am
Thanks for the info.  All good to know.
Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 19, 2011 at 10:28pm
Jo, don't use shampoo of any type, particularly if you are 'bathing' him daily.   Shampoo that often will remove natural oils on the skin and could cause dryness leading to several other medical issues.. Just hose him off.  Adams Fee and Tick has a wonderful scent that I love and all dogs hate..  but will remove 'dogie/kennel scent".   Just a squirt will do.
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on October 19, 2011 at 7:05pm
Take him now, if you are going to take him to a groomer. The sooner he is exposed the better, also there will be less for the groomer to do so it will not be traumatic. As far as the smell, just keep baby wipes handy to spot clean him. Brushing him will help keep him cleaner longer.

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