Will washing my dog too regularly damage her coat?

Will washing my dog too regularly damager her coat?

(Q) I love taking my Springer Spaniel on long walks most days but she always gets really muddy so I have to bath her when we get home. Will washing her so regularly damage her coat in any way?

(A) Groomer Diana North says: Over bathing can affect the natural oils which protect the coat and skin. However, there are two ways to reduce this problem. One, only bath the areas affected by mud, or two, brush and dry the areas using a dry shampoo.

The main thing is to deal with the problem regularly. If this is a problem for you perhaps it may be best to ask your groomer to make the furnishings shorter during the winter.