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How To Bathe A Golden Retriever? Ultimate guide

How To Bathe A Golden Retriever? Ultimate guide
Bathe A Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are very active pets that enjoy playing in the dirt or a puddle, swimming in the river or the lake. Of course, after such activities, your pooch will come home dirty and smelling bad. This means you will have to bathe your Golden Retriever to keep it clean and healthy.

Most new Golden Retriever owners have dilemmas such as How often should I bathe my Golden Retriever? or How to bathe my Golden Retriever? 

In this article, we will address and answer these and similar questions.

How Often Should I Bathe My Golden Retriever?

There are some widely accepted guidelines and timeframes about how often you should bathe a Golden Retriever. It is important to notice that you don’t have to follow them to the teeth.

Experts advise that you bathe your dog every six to eight weeks to keep him clean. But also to prevent other issues that may occur due to overwashing.

There are many factors you need to take into consideration when deciding the frequency of bathing.

Your Golden’s Lifestyle And Environmental Factors 

How many baths your Golden Retriever should have during the month is directly dependent on his activity and time spent outside. Those dogs that spend most of their time indoors will, of course, need to bathe less frequently. On the other hand, more active dogs that swim in the water or play in the pudds, grass, or Mudd will need more frequent baths.

There are also environmental factors you need to consider. Does your area have a parasite problem? If so, you will need to bathe your Golden Retriever more frequently. 

Bathing Schedule

In a perfect world, you would bathe your Golden Retriever every six weeks, and that would be it. But, since we do not live in such a world, and many specific circumstances determine the bathing frequency, you should create a bathing schedule that suits you and your dog the best.

When To Break The Schedule?

Now that you established a bathing schedule, it is important to know that some unexpected events might occur. Your dog may go into a mud puddle during your walk. It may find, sniff, or even play around with the dead animal or another canine with an infestation. Of course, in these cases, you will have to bathe your Golden Retriever to prevent parasitic infestation.

Don’t Wash Your Golden Retriever Too Often

While it’s great that your Golden Retriever is clean and tidy, you need to understand that washing him too often will do more harm than good.

Golden Retrievers excrete essential natural oil that protects their coating. 

Overwashing will cause the loss of this protective layer, and your dog’s coat will look dull and unattractive.

Also, frequent bathing will leave the dog’s skin without protection. This may cause the occurrence of dandruff and infections.

Where Should I Wash My Golden Retriever?

Well, since Golden Retrievers are pretty big animals, the answer is quite simple. You can either wash them in a tub or a shower or, if the weather permits, outside with a garden hose.

How To Bathe My Golden Retriever?

The first thing you need to do is to gather all the necessary supplies. You don’t want to start washing your dog and then leave him soaking wet alone. This is a recipe for mess and disaster!

You will need:

  • Dog shampoo
  • Brush
  • Towels

Wash With Lukewarm Water

Have the water running before you place your dog in.

Hot water can cause burns and pain to your Golden Retriever. 

The temperature of the water should be approximate to the one you would use for a baby. If you are still not sure how to determine the temperature of the water, consult your vet.

Start bathing your dog from the front to the back. Start with the head

Do not wash your dog’s face or let the water get inside his ears!

Lather up your Golden’s coat with dog shampoo

You will have to do some hard work here. Golden Retrievers have double coats, and it will take some time to soak and lather them.

Rinse thoroughly

It is important that you do this step properly! Any leftover soap could cause skin problems and irritation.

Now it’s time for a towel

While your dog is still in the tub, use the towel to dry him before letting him go.

Again, check your Golden’s ears 

Check to see if there is any water inside your dog’s ear canal since the presence of moisture will spur bacteria growth.

Bathe A Golden Retriever

Brush your Golden’s fur

Now is the perfect time for brushing since your dog’s fur is still a bit dump, and this will prevent hair tangling.

Hire professional groomers?

Maybe you don’t want, or you aren’t ready for all the fuss that comes with bathing your dog. Maybe your dog is too hard to handle and doesn’t like taking a bath. You can always turn to professional groomers. Your Golden will get all the grooming service it needs, but this can be a pricy option.


The best practice is to start introducing bath time to your dog at a young age, so you don’t have problems once it gets older. As for the frequency of bathe, you need to find that sweet spot. Too much washing will damage your dog’s skin and coat while neglecting it can cause infestation and bad smell. Remember, you can follow established guidelines, but in the end, it comes down to what suits you and your dog the most.