Our schedule is similar, with the same type of mild doggie soap. I agree about it being a good opportunity to do a check-over, especially when I'm using the curry glove on him.We bathe our crew every week or two with a diluted, mild (dog) shampoo. Shampooing is actually good for skin and coat. Dogs being shown are bathed at least weekly, sometimes even daily. The key is being sure to rinse, rinse, rinse. Its also a great way to get your hands all over them to notice if anything is amiss.