I have a 4 yr old papillon and a 5 yr (in 26 days) chorkie. The pap has not-to-standard hair and of normal thickness and medium length; the chorkie has very thin and short hair (not smooth coat). I used to take them to the groomers often but can’t afford to do so anymore. How often should I bathe them and what are the best products to use (the chorkie has sensitive skin)?
Over bathing causes dry skin and strips the dog’s coat of oil, so once a month – just before you apply the new dose of flea/tick preventative – is enough, unless the dog gets into something nasty in between then.
Get a good, mild shampoo made specifically for dogs, nothing harsh. I use HyLite on my dogs, it’s mild, leaves their coats beautiful, you can get it online or at the vet’s, it was recommended to me by people who show their dogs. It’s a bit expensive, but goes a long way.
Sounds as if neither of your dogs need a lot of grooming, just regular brushing – you can do that and save money. I have 2 long hair dachsies, both only need regular brushing and, in the fall, combing dry plant debris out of their "plumes", no big deal.