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February 2024

Dog Washing & Grooming Tips


Most dogs benefit from a wash approximately every two weeks. However, as all dogs are different, we have a few tips to help you determine how often you should bathe or groom your pooch.

What Sort of Breed is your Dog?

We have some breed-specific advice from our Groomers below. If your dog's breed isn't listed, or you're unsure, reach out to our team in-store or call 13 PETS and our friendly team will be able to assist.

Recommendations for Grooming and Washing

Coat type
Bernese mountain dog Naturally oily and repellent. Double coat. Wash every two to three months. Needs to be groomed every 4 to 8 weeks
Maltese Long and silky with no undercoat. Low shedding. Wash monthly Brush every 1 to 3 days to avoid matting. Professional groom every 6 weeks.
Poodle Single-coat, minimal shedding. Dense and curly. Prone to matting. Wash every 3 to 4 weeks with shampoo and conditioner. Dry coat thoroughly, brush out and comb to avoid matting. Brush 3 times a week to avoid matting. Groom every 2 to 4 weeks depending on coat length and lifestyle.
English Cocker Spaniel Short to medium length silky coat requiring regular maintenance. Wash every 2 weeks, Thoroughly comb to ensure tangles are brushed out. Ensure ears are completely dried and brushed to avoid ear infections and matting. Professional tidy fortnightly – monthly. Professional groom every 4 to 6 weeks for breed style or every 6 to 8 weeks for a non-breed style clip off.
Staffordshire Terrier Short and high shedding. Prone to skin sensitivity. Wash every 2 to 4 weeks. Sensitive shampoo recommended as prone to skin sensitivity. Groom using a rubber brush weekly and during the bath to remove dead coat. Nails trimmed once a month or as needed.
Kelpie Short, smooth coat. Low maintenance. Medium shedding. Wash every 2 to 4 weeks. Deshedding shampoo recommended to help lift out dead coat. Groom using rubber brush and/or FURminator weekly. Nails trimmed once a month or as needed. Professional grooming once every 4 to 6 weeks.
Border Collie Thick doubled-coat. Medium to high shedding. Wash every 2 to 4 weeks. Brush 2 to 3 times a week paying close attention to the chest and behind the ears. Professional demoults over summer months.
Labrador Thick, water repellent double coat. Heavily sheds twice yearly. Wash monthly. Professional demoults over summer months. Brush weekly and use a deshedding tool if necessary.
Golden Retriever Thick, water repellent double coat. Heavily sheds twice yearly. Wash every 4 to 8 weeks. Professional groom every 4 to 8 weeks using high quality deshedding shampoo and coat conditioning products to prevent tangles. Brush once a week using a slicker brush and comb to knots and matting.
French Bulldog Short, smooth coat. Medium shedding Wash every 2 to 3 weeks. Use a warm cloth or cotton wool to wipe clean the skin folds around the face. Professional demoult over summer months to reduce shedding. Use FURminator weekly to help reduce year-round shedding.
German Shepherd Doubled coated with thick undercoat. High shedding. Wash every 3 to 4 months to keep healthy natural oils in the coat. Ensure the coat is dried thoroughly as hot spots can occur from moisture on a dense coat. Professional groom twice per year when they shed a lot of their coat. Brush 2 to 3 times a week.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Long silky coat requiring regular grooming to avoid matting. Wash every 2 to 4 weeks. Dry coat completely to avoid skin and ear infections. Professional groom every 4 to 6 weeks.
Cavoodle Can come in a variety of coat types but generally silky loose curls which shed little to no hair. Wash every 2 to 3 weeks with a focus on brushing and combing. Professional groom every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain style and prevent knots and matting. Light brush/comb weekly to prevent knots forming.

NOTE: The information provided above is to be used as a guide only.

Please remember:

Washing too often removes essential oils from your dog’s skin, resulting in itchy, dry skin and brittle hair. Always use a pet specific neutral PH cleaner - preferably a soap-free moisturising shampoo as human shampoo is far too harsh.

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Dog Washing

Starting as a pup helps a lot, but let’s face it, washing the dog is never easy!
Take advantage of our DIY dog wash which is purpose built for the task. We don’t mind your dog shaking all over the place either!

Don’t want to do it yourself? Let us do it for you!

We have professional groomers on-site at most stores with all the correct techniques, clippers and brushes for your specific dog’s breed. Book Online.


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