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I am not a huge fan of bathing dogs. My girl swims all the time and unless she is really filthy, I don't do a bathing ritual. I attend to her brushing and nail cliping, but don't believe in drying there skin out. If you have a show dog etc, it is much more important, but for a regular dog at home, I don't think it is necessary.

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If you are not bathing regularly, and trimming feet and ears yourself, I'd have a groomer do it. It is best for the dog's health, as well as keeping nice coat, and helping to cut down on shedding, to do so.
I bathe weekly.
I was told that if you bathe a Golden Retriever too often, the skin can get dry.
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I (well someone does) bath ours about once a month. THey will get hosed off if they go to the river or something but these days our dogs are inside all the time so once a month bath with daily brushing seems best for us.
Once a month seems about right unless the dog goes in the mud as Chloe did last weekend.
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I do brushing and nail trimming in between groomings, but I just like the way she looks when she's been professionally groomed. I hate scraggly looking goldens. There is one in my neighborhood who's hair on his stomach hangs to the ground! I don't think this is attractive, and seems unnecessary to me.

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I bathe mine about once a month. I would probably do it more often if Lily didn't dislike it so much and if it wasn't such a pain to hover over the tub for two baths. I trim Lily's feet about every 2-3 weeks or whenever they look like bedroom slippers. Fergus's paws are great just as they are with no fuzzy bits between the toes yet. Fergus grinds his own nails down with all his running around, which is good because he doesn't like me to do any work on his paws. Lily's need grinding down about as frequently as I cut the fuzzies off. As for ears, I trim out Lily's ears when I can't find the holes anymore . Fergie doesn't have hairy ear interiors. I don't do trimming on the outside, but I think they look pretty anyhow. I try to brush them daily to prevent matting. The only other trimming I do is carefully taking up the length on Lily's pants with thinning shears. Otherwise they have a tendency drag in her "business"

My parents take their golden to a groomer once a month. He has long curly hair and a lot of it, so a professional yields much better results than my folks could (plus they are older and it's a lot of work).
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Lucky is ungroomed.....but trimming his ears do help keep his ears healthy. I think its important to have some air circulation around the ears.
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I was told that if you bathe a Golden Retriever too often, the skin can get dry.

This is a fallacy. Dogs that swim regularly, without being at LEAST rinsed off every time after swimming, are more prone to dry skin and skin problems, including hot spots, than dogs that are bathed frequently.
Everyone oohs and ahhs when they see the Goldens on television in the big shows - how beautiful their coats are, how shiny they are, etc. Those dogs are bathed at LEAST once a week, and usually, if on a circuit, every day. Bathing promotes coat growth, and keeps the skin healthy. I have to presume that no one here goes 6 months, or 3 months, or even a month, without showering and washing their hair. It's no different for the dogs. The key is to use a shampoo that promotes the correct pH, which is different than human shampoos.
I've said this before, and at the risk of again offending anyone, dogs smell when they are not bathed. And those who believe that their dogs don't, are simply used to it.

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I have to presume that no one here goes 6 months, or 3 months, or even a month, without showering and washing their hair.
It depends on the definition of showering or bath goes.
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my girls get a full bath, blow dry, nail trim & grind, foot trim, ear trim & clean, tidy up the tail & feathers -at least once a week. sometimes twice a week on the bath/blow part. (I do it all)

they get daily brushing (misted with water or coat conditioner first) & tooth brushing.
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Harry no longer fits the Kitchen sink

Harry had his first visit to the "Spa" last week. He was a bit nervous about having his feet touched, so I am handling his feet daily to prepare for next time. I plan to take him every other week for now and monthly for the full trim etc as his coat comes in... Routine brushing at home and check ears and wash his little face daily.
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