The Bernedoodle, a charming mix between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle, inherits a luxurious double coat. While this fluffy fur keeps them warm and cozy, it also requires regular maintenance to prevent matting and keep them clean. Bathing is an essential part of your Bernedoodle’s grooming routine, but with their unique coat, it’s important to follow the right steps to avoid harming their skin and fur.

If you’re wondering how often to bathe a Bernedoodle, and how to do it effectively, this Bernedoodle bathing guide will walk you through the entire process, from gathering supplies to post-bath drying.

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How Often Should I Bathe My Bernedoodle?

The frequency of bathing your Bernedoodle depends on their activity level, coat type, and skin sensitivity. As a general guideline, most Bernedoodles only need baths every 4-8 weeks. Over-bathing can strip away their natural oils, leading to dry, itchy skin and a dull coat. 

Spot cleaning with a damp washcloth and regular brushing can help in between baths, but consult your veterinarian for specific advice on your Bernedoodle’s bathing needs.

Before the Bath

Before you bathe your Bernedoodle, there are a few things to do to make sure you and your furry friend are prepared for bathing. These include: 

1. Brush the coat: A thorough brushing is crucial before bath time. Brushing removes loose fur, dirt, and tangles that can worsen during the bath. Use a slicker brush and a comb to navigate both the topcoat and undercoat.

2. Gather necessary supplies: Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dog shampoo formulated for doodles or sensitive skin (avoid human shampoo)
  • Conditioner (optional, but recommended for doodles)
  • Washcloth
  • Large towels
  • Rubber mat (optional, for slippery surfaces)
  • Ear cleaner (consult your vet for recommendations)
  • Cotton balls
  • Treats

3. Protect the ears (optional):  Some groomers recommend placing cotton balls gently in the ear canal to prevent water ingress. However, consult your veterinarian first, especially if your Bernedoodle has a history of ear infections.

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Bernedoodle Traits

  • Affectionate, gentle, and goofy personality

  • Calm, docile energy

  • Excellent emotional support dogs

  • Good with children

  • Low-to-non shedding

  • For allergy-friendly needs, F1b puppies are optimal

  • Standard-sized need space to stretch

  • Mini or tiny sizes available for smaller spaces

Bath Time

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to bathe your Bernedoodle:

  1. Select location: Choose a well-ventilated area like a bathroom or laundry room. If using a shower, ensure it’s spacious enough for your Bernedoodle to stand comfortably.
  2. Provide optimal water temperature:  Fill a tub or sink with lukewarm (not hot) water. The water should be comfortable to the touch, just like you would bathe a baby.
  3. Wet the coat: Gently wet your Bernedoodle’s coat from head to tail, avoiding the face and ears. Use a cup or watering can for more control to prevent them from getting startled.
  4. Shampoo: Apply a dollop of shampoo into your hands and lather it up. Massage the shampoo gently into your Bernedoodle’s fur, working your way from the back down to the legs and belly. Avoid the face and ears.
  5. Lather and rinse: Pay close attention to areas that tend to get dirty, like the paws, under the tail, and around the rear end. Once lathered, thoroughly rinse the shampoo, ensuring no residue remains.
  6. Condition (optional): Using a dog conditioner specifically formulated for doodles can add moisture and prevent tangles. Apply it after rinsing the shampoo, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends of the fur. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
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  1. Clean the face and ears: Use a damp washcloth to gently wipe your Bernedoodle’s face, removing any dirt or tear stains. For the ears, dampen a cotton ball with warm water or a mild ear cleaner recommended by your vet. Wipe the outer ear flap only; avoid inserting anything into the ear canal.
  2. Rinse again: Double-check to ensure all shampoo and conditioner residue is rinsed clean. Leaving residue can irritate your Bernedoodle’s skin.

Post-Bath

Once your Bernedoodle is clean, it’s time for a post-bath routine. Here are the instructions:

  1. Dry the coat: Wrap your Bernedoodle in a large, absorbent towel and gently pat them dry. Avoid rough rubbing, which can damage the fur. You can also use a blow dryer set on low heat to speed up the drying process. Use a brush while blow drying to further detangle the fur and promote proper airflow.
  2. Dry the ears: Use a clean cotton ball to gently dry any moisture remaining in the outer ear canal.
  3. Brush again: Once mostly dry, give your Bernedoodle another gentle brush to remove any loose fur and prevent matting.
  4. Reward your friend: Don’t forget to praise your Bernedoodle throughout the bath and shower them with love and treats afterwards. This positive reinforcement will make bath time less stressful for both of you.

The Bottom Line

So, how often should you bathe a Bernedoodle and how do you do it right? By following this handy guide you can ensure a smooth and stress-free bath time for your Bernedoodle. Remember, a clean and well-maintained coat keeps your furry friend healthy and happy.

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Contact us to learn more about our upcoming litters and how to bring home your very own cuddly Bernedoodle companion.