How Often Should You Bathe Your Goldendoodle?

By Jeffrey Cheek
February 12, 2023

an f2 goldendoodle sitting in the grass

While Goldendoodles are relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming, they still need regular baths to keep their coats healthy and free from dirt and debris. But how often should you bathe your Goldendoodle?

In this article, I'll discuss the recommended bathing frequency for Goldendoodles, as well as tips and tricks to make bath time less of a chore. 

Generally speaking, adult Goldendoodles should be bathed once every two to three months or so. For Goldendoodle puppies, you can bathe them more frequently as long as you use a tear-free or mild dog shampoo that won’t dry out their fur.

If you bathe your Goldendoodle too often or not enough, there can be consequences for their health and wellbeing. Over-bathing can strip away natural oils from the coat and skin, leading to dryness and irritation.

Not bathing enough can lead to dirt buildup in the fur which can cause skin issues such as ear infections in dogs with floppy ears like the Golden Retriever.

When it comes time for bath time, make sure you have all the necessary supplies ready: warm water, tear-free or mild dog shampoo, a brush for brushing out tangles before washing, a towel for drying off afterwards, and treats for verbal praise during the process.

Start by wetting down your pup’s body with warm water then lather up with shampoo from head to tail (avoiding eyes) then rinse thoroughly until all soap is gone.

After rinsing off any remaining soap residue from paws and nails, wrap your pup up in a towel and rub gently until mostly dry then allow air drying or blow dry on low heat setting if needed. Finally brush through the coat one last time before allowing your pup to explore its newly refreshed self!

I have written a full guide on how to groom a goldendoodle, so make sure you check that out!

When is the Right Time to Bathe Your Goldendoodle Puppy?

If you have recently welcomed a Goldendoodle puppy into your home, you may be wondering when the right time is to give them their first bath. The short answer is: when they are 8-10 weeks old.

This is because Goldendoodle puppies can't regulat et their body temperatures until then, and bathing them too prematurely can cause an imbalance in their body temperature and they can easily get cold.

Encouraging a Positive Bathing Experience for Your Goldendoodle

With the right techniques, you can make bath time a positive experience for both you and your pup.

When bathing your Goldendoodle, it's important to use warm water and a mild dog shampoo that won't irritate their sensitive skin.

Make sure to massage the soap gently across their body and rinse thoroughly to remove any residue. 

You should also pay special attention to their ears, as they are prone to ear infections if not properly cleaned. After rinsing, you can either towel dry or air dry your pup's fur before brushing out any tangles or mats.

To make the bathing process more enjoyable for your Goldendoodle, it's important to provide them with verbal praise and treats during the process.

This will help create a positive association with bath time and encourage them to cooperate in the future. Additionally, brushing them beforehand will help remove any dirt or debris from their coat before getting wet which can make the process easier on both of you.

Can You Bathe Your Goldendoodle once a week?

I wouldn't recommend bathing your Goldendoodle once a week, as this could strip away natural oils from the coat and skin, leading to dryness and irritation.

If you find that your pup is getting particularly dirty or smelly between baths, it's best to spot clean rather than give them a full bath.

You can use a damp cloth and mild soap to remove dirt and debris from their fur. 

Additionally, regular brushing can help keep your pup's coat clean and free of tangles.


No you should be armed with all the information you need to keep your Goldendoodle pup clean and healthy. Bathing your pup is an important part of taking care of them, but it's important to bathe in moderation and use the proper techniques to ensure their skin and coat are not affected.

Happy bathing! 

Jeffrey Cheek

Jeffrey Cheek is the proud owner of a funny goldendoodle named Bailey. Jeffrey loves spending time with his family and friends, and he enjoys being active outdoors. He is a successful business owner, and he takes great pride in providing for his loved ones. Bailey is always by Jeffrey's side, and the two of them make everyone around them laugh with their silly antics.

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