One of the key responsibilities that falls on you as a Goldendoodle owner is maintaining your dog’s hygiene. He may seem like the smartest pup in the world, but don’t expect him to get or stay clean without your help. And it’s not just about the occasional bath. You also need to take care of your Goldendoodle’s teeth, bed and even chew-toys.

If you’re wondering just how bad it can get when a pet’s hygiene is not taken care of, here’s an (admittedly extreme) example:

Lonely old woman adopts dozens of dogs; neighbors all moved out over hygiene problems

BEIJING, China – An old woman in China lost all of her neighbors after she adopted dozens of dogs which she found in the streets.

Although adopting dozens of dogs shows love and compassion, neighbors of 78-year-old Zhang one by one moved away due to hygiene problems caused by her huge number of pets in the small apartment. Neighbors of the old woman had to leave their apartments out of fear of possible dog attacks, and likewise, because of the bad smell in the building. Read full post at Kicker Daily…

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Bathing your Goldendoodle is probably the first thing you think of when you hear about pet hygiene. It is also the cleaning activity that dog-owners are most likely to overdo. In general, don’t wash your dog more than once a week. (Of course, if he or she gets really dirty you may have no choice.) Too frequent washing can irritate your Goldendoodle’s skin because it robs them of needed oils. If you don’t finish up your wash with a conditioner, consider adding this to your routine.

On the other hand, brushing our dogs’ teeth is something we dog owners don’t do enough. Ideally it should be done on a daily basis, but at least every few days you should clean your Goldendoodle’s teeth. It works best to begin this practice early, but even older dogs can learn to tolerate cleaning with a toothbrush or a gloved finger if the owner is patient. A good indicator that your dog’s teeth may need more care is bad breath:

Why Dogs Have Bad Breath

Despite my vigilance with my dogs’ diet, they have on rare occasion had bad breath. If you’re searching for a cause behind your dog’s dragon breath, this post might help. Zoey had a brief period of dragon breath and I was able to turn it around in 48 hours. Read full post at Keep The Tail Wagging…

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Taking care of every aspect of your Goldendoodle’s hygiene is important. The following post highlights even more aspects of dog hygiene you may not have thought of:

Consequences Poor Dog Grooming Upkeep Part II

In our last blog we discussed how not promoting good pet hygiene can be detrimental to their health. Not clipping your pet’s nails can lead to arthritis of the hips, hair mattes can cause skin sores and infection, and dirty ears can lead to inflammation and infection as well. But these are just a few of the aspects of dog grooming. What else does your pet’s hygiene upkeep require of you? Read full post at Dirty Hairy Dog Wash…

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Obviously, your dog’s hygiene goes beyond the occasional bath. As we’ve seen, it’s also important to clean her bed, brush her teeth consistently and clean her chew toys among other things. A comprehensive hygiene plan will go a long way toward ensuring your Goldendoodle remains healthy and happy.

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