Before we even start let me go over an old wives tail that I often hear as to a reason why a pet doesn't need a bath often: "The shampoos are too harsh and will dry out the skin and coat and are not to be used more than x amount of times in a month or week or what have you". This is very untrue
Now with this said I do want to point out that it did at one point in time hold water. Way back when before the thousands of companies that make/ sell and research shampoos for pets existed it was common practice to use what ever was on hand to bathe your pet (human shampoo, human soap or even dish soap) now yes these can be very drying and if used on a consistent basis are a bad idea. So this is where the saying started and why some still think it. But now a days it is very far from the truth.
We now have a much large pet service and retail basis and market, we have companies that hire scientist to actually do Research development and even trials before selling a new product. We also have so many different brands, types and special shampoo and conditioners on the market today for literally every coat type, reason and effect possible. These products are specifically designed for regular usage, and with many the more often used the better the results. They are made to be correct PH's for the pet (human shampoos are a much higher PH) so they don't dry out or cause damage or problems. So now that we know that often is ok and won't dry out the skin and coat of course given that quality products are used are question now becomes:
So why do pets need bathed and how often?
Pets need regular baths to maintain proper skin and coat health. They need baths so that they don't shed as much or mat as bad. The need baths so you don't have wads of floating hair all over your house or dirt and dander all over your and their living quarters. They need baths to regulate pesticides, repair skin issues, to deal with their allergies and scratching. They need baths to moisturize, regulate and protect the skin and coat. They need baths to regulate the natural oils that they product so they don't develop skin problems and to repair and prevent staining. And they need baths so they don't stink and we can get our cuddle time in. .
So now we know why but how often is ideal?
Now this is where breed, hair type, coat length and the individual pet become a factor as well what kind of clip you are wanting your pet to be in.
In general I recommend that breeds like maltese, shih tuz, & yorkies be done on a weekly or bi weekly basis. Yorkies in particular become very greasy and itchy if the go too long in-between being done. Ones left in full coat of any of these breeds need to be done weekly. The same holds true for other breeds with long flowing coats that will mat if not maintained properly like Cocker spaniels in cocker clips.
Pretty much any other breed of dog (yes even a beagle) needs and should be done at least once a month. Even if you have a shih tuz that you have us cut down short every 6-8 weeks I still highly suggest and recommend that you schedule a bath, brush and tidy up in between grooming appointments. Believe me you will notice a big difference in your dogs coat, skin and overall level of being happy. Of course he will be cleaner and prettier on a consistent basis when on this rotation. For breeds like beagles, corgis, labs, and other short but double coated breeds being done once a month for a shed-less bath and service means a much nicer shiner coat, less to no skin problems or issues, correct short nails and a ton less shedding and hair all over the place. In fact when done this often by a professional who has the skill, knowledge, correct products and experience; it can actually reduce shedding by as much as 90%! Now isn't that impressive?
In closing I do want to make a few important notes
1) A bath at home as opposed to a professional job is not the same and you won't see near as much benefit from it. Why?
Well you don't have the same products, tools, or skill level as a professional. For example the right kind of dryer to correctly dry the dog or a wide variety of shampoos and conditioners on hand to able to specifically pick the right one for your dog.
2) If you do bath at home ALWAYS completely dry the pet and completely brush the pet out (with a comb-not a brush). If you can't get all the way down to the skin then he is matted and by giving a bath at home you just cemented the mats even further to the skin. You need to call a pro at this point as if left in this manner major skin issues will result from the moisture trapped under the matting and its just going to get worse.
3) We do offer advanced booking so if you want to schedule your pets next haircut and/or a bath in-between you can do so when picked up.
4) A bath, brush and tidy up does not cost as much as a full groom would be on your dog typically its about $10 less give or take. Keep in mind that de-shedding services are considered a groom as it takes as long as a full haircut to do correctly. However, when done once a month you actually see even better results and it wouldn't be as much if compared to the dog being done lets say every 3 months as it takes less time and our prices reflect time, skill, product and size of the job.