How Often Can You Bathe A Goldendoodle Puppy?

With two growing daughters, my wife and I also have our beautiful mini Goldendoodle Lexie.  She is sweet as can be and fits perfectly in with our family.  She is very active, and yet at times, she knows when it is an excellent time to settle down and relax.  She is small, but the perfect size for our family, and we love her.    We know bathing is essential for everyone, including a Goldendoodle.  We realize that not everyone may know how often a Goldendoodle should be bathed, particularly a new and growing puppy.

Below, we offer insights into how often a Goldendoodle should be bathed when they are in the puppy stage and other tips to getting that adorable teddy bear fur baby clean and fresh.

How often can you bathe a Goldendoodle puppy?

How often can you bathe a Goldendoodle puppy?  A Goldendoodle, regardless of age, should be bathed no more than once per month unless they are exceedingly dirty.  For a puppy, you can even go a little bit longer.  Excess bathing is not recommended for dogs. 

We may bath often, but bathing a dog too often can lead to dry skin, which causes itching in dogs.  A good bath session should include brushing and inspecting the puppy for ear infections, eye goop, and skin issues that can go unnoticed under their fur. 

Grooming a Goldendoodle puppy should begin as early as possible in their life to promote acceptance of this task.  Some dogs will enjoy it while others may only mildly tolerate it.  The good thing is that puppies love to play, making it easier to undertake this ritual. 

The first session can be a bit of a challenge for our Lexie, but they will become less nervous about the process after the first few months.  Many things can be done to reduce their stress and other cleaning methods at the beginning that will lessen a Goldendoodle puppy owner’s stress.

Having a puppy is a joyous time for a pet owner. We know it was for us when we adopted our beautiful Lexie.  All that loveable cuteness with all that energy and curiousness about life can be fantastic fun to have around the home.

As Lexie grew, she liked to go on little adventures around the house and our fenced in yard, exploring and discovering lots of trouble.  These adventures often brought about mud, dirt, filth, and other debris that we often had to remove from her fur and sometimes bathe off.

In those beginning years, we too were unsure how often we should bathe Lexie, she was a little puppy, and we didn’t want to cause any issues with her skin.   We found a perfect balance for bathing our cute teddy bear girl around once a month through research online and trial and error.  We would only clean her more if she got extra, especially smelly or dirty, and needed it.

In between those bath times, we would brush her as needed to remove gunk and groom her fur.

Puppies need to learn early on that bath time can be a fun experience.  Regardless of how often a Goldendoodle puppy is bathed, it should always be positive since grooming is a lifelong task that they must accept and learn to enjoy.

How do I bathe my Goldendoodle puppy?

Those first bathing sessions were fun, where we ended up with just as much water on us as she did her, it was more like a family bath then a mini Goldendoodle puppy bath, but that was okay.

Treats, verbal praise, and games can make the bathing experience enjoyable for everyone, from that first initial wash down to old age.  These tools help keep it acceptable and fun for the whole family.

It is important to brush a Goldendoodle puppy before they receive a bath.  Using a gentle grooming tool expressly designed for a puppies’ delicate skin can prevent their owner from harming them.  At this time, areas like the ears, eyes, skin, teeth, and paws can be inspected gently.

Any discovered issues can be addressed, and then they can be bathed with a  gentle shampoo designed for the unique needs of a puppy.  After this is done, offer a few treats and some much-needed praise.  Patience for the “likely so done with the bath” puppy may be necessary.  Overall it should be a positive experience for all involved, so everyone looks forward to the next time.

Gently towel drying or blow-drying if the Goldendoodle puppy isn’t too scared can speed things along if they are getting bored.  We had a window of time to get it all done in those beginning days, fast before Lexie got bored.  Thankfully her size made it easy for us to manage.

A final brushing should do the trick, and both you and your beautiful fur baby pup will be headed for the next adventure of the day.  It is highly recommended that a Goldendoodle puppy be bathed in a bathroom or possible outdoors if the weather is tolerable.

Some people like to think that bathing a dog weekly or bi-weekly will prevent them from being dirty, and to a certain point, depending on the dog itself, this is partly true what comes in its place though can be much more irritating to deal with, dry skin.

No one likes dry skin, puppies included, and it isn’t exactly like we can put a cream on their skin like we do our own.  Dry skin can be irritating to a puppy that doesn’t understand and isn’t fully trained yet to chew and bite their fur.

This doesn’t mean that there won’t be times when a Goldendoodle puppy isn’t bathed more than once a month.  We had a few moments in Lexie’s puppyhood stage where she had to be washed twice a month or more to get rid of something extra stinky or dirty that she somehow located outside.

This is fine to do, as long as it doesn’t become a regular ritual.

What do I do if my Goldendoodle puppy doesn’t like a bath?

Not everyone enjoys baths at first, including us humans.  Making it a fun experience can go a long way to creating the right environment for acceptance.  If that doesn’t work, fur baby owners who have a Goldendoodle puppy can take a big step back, set up a tiny pool with a very small amount of water in it, and sit back and wait.

Curiosity is the name of the game when it comes to bathing a Goldendoodle puppy.  Depending on their unique pup personality, this may take a bit of time, a couple of sessions even, but throw in a few toys, and what Goldendoodle puppy can resist this fun?

We did this once when Lexie was a puppy, and it was a warm summer day.  At first, she was a little confused and scared, but it didn’t take her long to explore the big, giant water bowl, paws first!

If, after these sessions, a Goldendoodle puppy is less than enthused about a bath, their owner could undoubtedly join them in the water fun.  If that doesn’t have them getting all soaked and playing in the water, we don’t know what will.

Do I have to bathe a Goldendoodle puppy monthly, or can I go longer if they aren’t dirty or stinky?

Bathing a Goldendoodle puppy once a month is a guideline, not etched in stone.  While you don’t want to bathe them too often, bathing less often won’t harm them in any way unless they are dirty. 

If they become dirty and left in their fur, this can become difficult to remove later on; not to mention that it is unhealthy for their skin.

Should I have my Goldendoodle puppy bathed at the groomer every month?

While a groomer can make a Goldendoodle look adorable, at the puppy stage, there is no need to waste money and time for them to do a task that a Goldendoodle puppy owner can do at home.

Should the family be averse to doing in their own home or yard, then a groomer will do a lovely job while offering them the experience of someone else handling them.  This is a passive way to socialize with the Goldendoodle puppy.

Grooming and bathing, whether at home or a groomer, teach and trains them while socializing them, which is beneficial for their mental and emotional development. 

They learn what is expected of them, and after a time, it naturally becomes a part of their life.  Let’s face it, who doesn’t love the little cute bow or scarf they wear when they come from the groomer!

In Conclusion

A Goldendoodle puppy should be bathed about once per month.  This time frame is only a guideline as there may be certain times when they are bathed more or less than monthly.

Whatever the length of time, we can tell you, a freshly bathed Goldendoodle puppy is too hard to resist!

Kern Campbell

I'm a life long lover of dogs. Since I was 2 years old I've had retrievers, mixes, and currently, a Mini Goldendoodle named Lexie. I converted my wife into a dog lover and my two daughters are as well. Our doodle Lexie was the inspiration for this website because after we got her everyone wanted to know more. There is a ton of information on the web, but I feel most of it was not from the perspective of a Goldendoodle owner.

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