One of you wanted a big dog, the other a little pup, so you settled on a nice medium size dog. Bluey is an Australian Shepherd and has now reached the point where he needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Since day one, everyone in your family has handled him frequently, touching his paws, ears, and other "sensitive" areas so that when grooming time came along, he would be ready and not shy away from being touched.
Bluey is quite content with his life, whether you choose to groom him regularly or not. But if you want to keep him looking his best, you need to groom him regularly. While many breeds can be bathed on a monthly basis, you should check with your vet to see how frequently your dog should be bathed. Some breeds, like Alaskan Malamutes, should not be bathed more than once or twice a year (unless your dog gets in a mess). Bathing too frequently removes the natural oils that protect their coat and skin.
Grooming time isn't just about bathing, brushing, combing, and trimming. It's the perfect time for you and your dog to bond and have fun. The more frequently you groom him, the more relaxed both of you can become and the more fun you can have.