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    Default How often do you bath your dogs?

    Having just got my new puppy I am wondering whether you bath your dogs regularly or just when required ie. dirty, smelly,been rolling in something unmentionable etc. Dont their ears get into everything? .... including dinner !

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    I bathe Lady about once every 2 weeks as that's when I notice she starts to smell a bit (although she can go longer without one if she hasn't spent a lot of time outside). So yes, I only really give her a bath if I feel she needs it or if I'm having guests around, as she's very friendly (up close and personal) with absolutely everyone and I like her to smell nice.
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    I only give mine an actual bath with shampoo every few months unless they roll in something horrible . But they do get wet, either from swimming, or wading, or me rinsing them off with water, regularly.

    Many vets suggest washing more than every few months strips out protective oils from their skins and coats and can make them prone to dry skin problems and reduces the lustre of the coat. Others say bathing every few weeks is OK but generally I would not recommend more than monthly with shampoo -- you can just give a dog a quick rinse with water and almost any dirt will come out of the coat. For pee smells, just rinsing legs, belly and/or hind leg feathering will remove it. If you are lucky enough to be near a beach or lake, an occasional swim will keep dogs really nice and clean too! I don't know if it really matters all that much if people bathe dogs more often but personally, I wouldn't. A good brushing removes most dirt in the coat.

    Many owners use a snood to keep ears clean at meals or when they have a treat. There are lots of websites that sell these. Do a search here on the term and a few threads with links will come up!

    Puppies don't tend to need much bathing at all unless they get into something, step in poops (as often happens! ) etc.

    It is important to only use shampoos and conditioners that are intended for dogs as the pH of their skin is completely different from people and human products are very harsh for their skin/coat.
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    Davecav, I have even seen instructions somewhere for making an easy snood out of an old t-shirt sleeve!
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    Thank you all, very helpful

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    About once a month ..in between if he should get into something yucky..but no chance of that now that Im an inner city dweller. I allways used a good shampoo like Aloveen which is kind to the coat and skin.
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    I'm in the "every few months unless...." group. Clancy gets shampooed at the groomer every 2-3 months. If he has a seizure in between, he gets a quickie to clean the pee off (he always urinates during a grand mal). We've had the baby 6 weeks now and he's only had sink rinses if he steps in his poop.
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    Default Great idea!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Karlin View Post
    Davecav, I have even seen instructions somewhere for making an easy snood out of an old t-shirt sleeve!
    Gonna try this tonight!

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    Default Washing their blankets, bed ect

    When you bath them do you wash their blankets, bed ect? If not ...when/how often do you do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLF View Post
    When you bath them do you wash their blankets, bed ect? If not ...when/how often do you do this?
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    Kristen
    Since the dogs sleep in my bed, "their" blankets and sheets get washed once a week! Seriously, having had multiple dogs for many years, I'm pretty sensitive to keeping my home from smelling like a kennel. That means that I wash all dog beds, etc., every week and vacuum frequently. Getting a large front loader washer some years back made such a difference in ease of washing and cost also since they are more efficient and use less water.

    There is a real difference in opinion on how often to bathe on the opposite sides of "the pond." I bathe mine every one to two weeks - much more often than is recommended on the other side but again, I have multiple dogs and they sleep with me. Since I'm allergic to seasonal pollens and they sleep under my nose, I bathe more frequently in spring and fall. I think the key to keeping skin and coat nice and healthy is the product that you use. There are so many good products now that are soap-free and contain a combination of natural cleaning botanical agents that leave the coats nice and soft, shiny and nourished. I use products by Tropiclean - not expensive esp. if you buy them in one or five gallon sizes. All of my dogs have lovely, soft coats and good skin.

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