Real talk: How often do you bathe your dog?
I feel like there are many opinions about the desired frequency of dog baths, usually tending to either side of the spectrum (tons of baths –> very few baths).
I fall on the “very few baths” side, for a few reasons. One: Pyrrha HATES bath time. Really, serious fear; bath time is the only time she’s ever tried to bite me from fear and anxiety. We’ve taken her to a self-serve grooming salon, and that set-up has been helpful. It’s a lot more quick and painless than trying to wrangle her into a tub here. Two: I kept reading things that said that too many baths were bad for a dog’s skin. Pyrrha was very flaky when we first got her, but her coat is in great shape now (it’s very soft and glossy), and we don’t bathe her much at all. And so I don’t want to mess up that equilibrium. Three: And this is the lazy part of me, but our yard is a swamp right now, and with two rambunctious young dogs, I feel like it’s not worth it, you know? They’re just going to get muddy again… and then I’ll towel them off and brush it out so they can go get muddy again in a few hours.
BUT then I saw this magazine article from a popular veterinarian saying that dogs should be bathed at least once a week. I was agape. Once a week?? Pyrrha and I would both die from anxiety if we had to do that. The vet cited things like dust, dirt, and “pathogens” in a home that irritate a dog’s skin, and so they should be bathed more often to combat such things. Which is the opposite of what I’d read, which argued that too many baths dry a dog’s skin out and gets rid of the important natural oils in their coats.
So, that makes me want to crowd-source this question. How often do you bathe your dog? And give your reasons for the frequency! I’m curious and now wondering if I should switch up how I think about bath time. At the very least, it’s a conversation I want to have with our vet next time we go in!