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Puppy Grooming Questions

Hi everyone! I have a 5.5 month old golden puppy, and a few grooming questions:

1. How often should I be bathing him as he gets older? So far I've been bathing him once a week.

2. Do people using a conditioner as well, or is a shampoo sufficient? I use an oatmeal shampoo, and so far, apart from the fur on his back, he seems quite soft...and I do the last rinse with a few spritzes of VetsBest flea prevention spray mixed in a bucket of water. Only the fur on his back has been getting a bit rougher and wavier.

3. Do you recommend blow drying or air drying? So far, I've been blow drying him most of the time, but with summer coming it's going to get very hot in Los Angeles, and he dries pretty quickly naturally. If you do recommend blow drying, do you blow dry on the low heat setting?

4. His nails seem to grow super fast! How often do you trim nails? I feel like his nails are long even right after a trim at the groomers/vet.
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1. Once a week is fine. Every 2-3 weeks is also fine. Once a month is even fine.

The problem is bathing your dogs means you are grooming dogs. Not a big deal with a puppy, but might be with a middle aged or senior dog. A lot of people let grooming slide with their dogs and do not realize how filthy their dogs actually are. If you are handling clean dogs most of the time and pet a dog who hasn't been bathed in months - OMG. You can feel the oil buildup in the coat (if you didn't smell it already!).

2. No need for conditioner unless your dog needs it. But recommend using a high quality dog shampoo. Typically not found in stores....

3. Yes, no.

Yes, blow drying is necessary once the dogs coats grow in and get heavy enough that they are not drying fast enough (within 1-2 hours). Dogs who go sleep on their beds with wet coats will develop skin irritations and hot spots + that's bacteria and mold growing in their beds.

Yes, blow drying is necessary sometimes to train the coats to look right vs frumpy. LOL.

But using dog dryer, not people dryer. No heat.

4. Trim every 2-3 weeks is about right.

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Denver is 6.5 months old. We bathe him every 2 weeks. We use a shampoo and conditioner. I like that when we use conditioner, if he gets dirty or muddy after. it will fall right off when the mud dries.

Earth bath oatmeal shampoo & conditioner is what I use. Denver had dry skin when he was small and the conditioner helped. He has perfect skin now and his coat is great.

Blow drying completely helps SO MUCH with shedding and blowing all of that fallen hair out of their coat. As well as prevents hot spots from forming.

I trim his nails every time he gets a bath to keep them nice and short.

I fully groom him every two weeks because I really like to do it, and it’s good for him to be desentitized for grooming if he ever goes to a professional groomer. Plus I like to have a clean dog, people comment all the time on how shiny and clean he is. I HATE the waxy feeling their coats can get if they don’t get bathed often enough.
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Denver is 6.5 months old. We bathe him every 2 weeks. We use a shampoo and conditioner. I like that when we use conditioner, if he gets dirty or muddy after. it will fall right off when the mud dries.

Earth bath oatmeal shampoo & conditioner is what I use. Denver had dry skin when he was small and the conditioner helped. He has perfect skin now and his coat is great.

Blow drying completely helps SO MUCH with shedding and blowing all of that fallen hair out of their coat. As well as prevents hot spots from forming.

I trim his nails every time he gets a bath to keep them nice and short.

I fully groom him every two weeks because I really like to do it, and itís good for him to be desentitized for grooming if he ever goes to a professional groomer. Plus I like to have a clean dog, people comment all the time on how shiny and clean he is. I HATE the waxy feeling their coats can get if they donít get bathed often enough.
Thanks for sharing! Can you share what kind of blow dryer and nail trimmer you use? I use Earth Bath shampoo as well, will have to try the conditioner now, since I do see wet mud sticking to his legs all the time - that's a big part of why I bathe him weekly instead of bi-weekly.
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1. Once a week is fine. Every 2-3 weeks is also fine. Once a month is even fine.

The problem is bathing your dogs means you are grooming dogs. Not a big deal with a puppy, but might be with a middle aged or senior dog. A lot of people let grooming slide with their dogs and do not realize how filthy their dogs actually are. If you are handling clean dogs most of the time and pet a dog who hasn't been bathed in months - OMG. You can feel the oil buildup in the coat (if you didn't smell it already!).

2. No need for conditioner unless your dog needs it. But recommend using a high quality dog shampoo. Typically not found in stores....

3. Yes, no.

Yes, blow drying is necessary once the dogs coats grow in and get heavy enough that they are not drying fast enough (within 1-2 hours). Dogs who go sleep on their beds with wet coats will develop skin irritations and hot spots + that's bacteria and mold growing in their beds.

Yes, blow drying is necessary sometimes to train the coats to look right vs frumpy. LOL.

But using dog dryer, not people dryer. No heat.

4. Trim every 2-3 weeks is about right.
Thanks for sharing! I definitely agree about grooming often to keep them clean, I love how he smells and feels after every bath! Can you share what kind of blow dryer you use? So far I've been using people dryer, didn't know dog dryers existed!
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I guess - looking on Amazon -

Flying Pig - $172. Has a heater, but wouldn't use that.

B-Air - $119. Not as powerful as the Flying Pig on (2.0 motor vs 4.0). This is your basic dryer. <= I had one to start with and really liked it before I upgraded.

(Sold elsewhere) CC Kool Dry - $350 (variable speed, no heat setting). <= This is what I have for dog shows.

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Thanks for sharing! Can you share what kind of blow dryer and nail trimmer you use? I use Earth Bath shampoo as well, will have to try the conditioner now, since I do see wet mud sticking to his legs all the time - that's a big part of why I bathe him weekly instead of bi-weekly.

These are the nail clippers I use, they work very well: https://www.chewy.com/conairpro-dog-...small/dp/43162

As for a blow dryer, I take Denver to a do-it-youself dog wash (inside tractor supply, it is SO nice and new) and use their blow dryer. It looks like this: https://www.chewy.com/metrovac-air-f...-pet/dp/131667
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For what it is worth, and I am not a professional groomer (not even close), I use the below products. Why? Because the person I have taken classes from uses this stuff and recommended it. And, they all smell really good.

For a dryer I use the little orange Metro. No heat. I've had it close to 20 years and it keeps on ticking. Wish it would die so I could buy a better one. Most of the breeder/handlers I know use and like some version of the K9 III dryers but those are really pricey for people like me that don't show, but just try to keep their dogs looking decent and clean.

What I don't like about the little Metro dryer: It's really noisy. The hose is too short. It's really noisy. With the expensive pro dryers, they are more powerful and I've noticed the hose is much longer which allows the dryer to be placed a little further away reducing the noise.

I'm horrible with trimming nails. I don't do it often enough. I was shown how to use a Dremel and sometimes use that.

Shampoo - I pour some of this into a small bucket, sometimes add a drop of Dawn (don't ask, I don't remember why...), and wash the dog down with a washrag in a dedicated doggy bathtub... Follow the directions on the bottle if you use it.


Bodifier. Mixed into a spray bottle. Nice stuff. Smells great. Use it mostly in the fluffy areas. Follow the directions on the bottle if you use it.


Mixed in a spray bottle. I use it like a conditioner. Follow the directions on the bottle if you use it.


Rarely ever use this. Not sure why I have it... Follow the directions on the bottle if you use it.

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That "The STuff" has silicon in it- I find its benefit is only for a dog that gets dirty in mud and otherwise it causes hair breakage.
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I got this blow dryer because I hated to put much money into one. I've always used my hair dryer in the past but with this "show boy" thick coat I decided to do it. It takes about 45 minutes to get him dry but I don't have a table and there's some hopping around and being a goof.
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