I have heard/read that a dog should not be bathed too often because it can dry the skin, wash the oils off. I haven't given Zack very many baths, they have been weeks apart. I've been using the shampoo that the woman i got him from recommended, i can't remember the brand right now, but it's their oatmeal version, supposed to be gentle on the skin, not drying.
Now that Zack goes to the dog park, he gets dirty, especially the hair on his abdomin, and especially especially the hair on his pee pee, it really attracks pieces of dirt that stick on permanently (i've had to cut the hair off with scissors in that place a couple of times because i couldn't pull it off, at least not without pullling too hard).
I take him to the dog park almost every day.
I just gave him a bath Sunday morning. I don't mind leaving him a little dirty, most of it seems to fall off except for on his abdomin, but he is scheduled to be neutered on Saturday so i want to have him clean for that.
I'm wondering if anyone has had any problems with skin dryness from bathing, or if there are certain shampoos which don't wash the skin oils off, or if the dry shampoos are adequate. And i'm wondering if there are any guidelines about bathing cavaliers in particular, as far as frequency, how much would be too much?