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I only give Eleanor a bath when she is dirty or smelly. I do comb or rake her out a couple times a week.
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If I went with "only when they are dirty" it would be daily....

I try for every two weeks, but sometimes it's three. They need one right now and that was before they "rolled" in the mud this morning!
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It depends how dirty/smelly/muddy Molson is. As a puppy he was bathed weekly mostly to get him used to baths early on, and also because it was much easier to do! Now that he's 13 months old, he gets one about every 2 weeks.
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My guys get baths about every 2 weeks...but lately because of the mud in the backyard they are getting foot, leg, and underbelly bath at least once a day. Will my backyard ever dry out??? Also they get brushed almost everyday.
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I brush them a few times a week and once a week very thoroughly. Especially this time of year when they shed like crazy!
Bathing depends...They love to roll in stinky stuff and on our 20 acre property there is always some nice fresh coyote poop to find...So yeah, then I bath them with shampoo.
When they are muddy I usually rinse them off just with water.
I think when you brush out the dead hair regularly they tend to smell a lot less.

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At least once a week--but I am going to show mine. She goes swimming regularly throughout the week though and can come back quite dirty. I was just rinsing, but wasn't happy about how much dirt I was getting out so I have resorted to shampoo just where she is extra dirty--so that means she can get a few in a week. She's very good about climbing in the bath for me though....

I actually am getting addicted to having a clean dog. Over the holidays if she went more than a week without a bath I could feel it in her coat and wanted to give her a bath, lol. Nothing like snuggling with a clean, freshly bathed and good smelling dog. Mmm...
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I've only bathed Ranger once since I got him last May...I'm awful! He doesn't ever smell too "doggie" because of having no undercoat. Bathing him is easy - he loooves being massaged and fussed over but he hates the blow dryer so he's damp for awhile afterwards. We live in a chilly basement suite so I didn't want him to be uncomfortable in the winter.

Now that it's getting warmer outside I should start bathing him more. Especially since it's so muddy and gross outside that I'm not letting him sleep in my bed anymore.
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Only when he's dirty...that can mean twice a day! He pretty much averages a bath once a week. Hank is a serious mud-daubber and where I live, the yard is mud unless it's frozen or we're having a summer drought. It hasn't ruined his coat at all, even with the winter dryness, his coat and skin are beautiful. I'm not sure if it's genetics, food or shampoo type, whatever it is works for him.

My answer...there's no magical number, bath whenever needed.

A side note - when Maggie was alive, she only got a bath 3 or 4 times a year. She hated baths and didn't really get muddy anyway. Her coat & skin were much dryer than Hank's. Maybe more baths would have helped?

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In the summer I try to bath Lucky every two weeks. Its not so easy in the winter so he may get a bath at the vets once or twice within a 5 month period.

Lucky's skin and coat looks best and seems more healthy when he's bath often. I use a conditioner at the end and this helps too.
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I usually bathe every 4-6 weeks, just depending on the weather (mud, rain, snow, etc.) and how stinky. I brush at least every other day, sometimes every day depending on how much hair I pull out of my mouth in the morning when I wake up.

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