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Old 04-20-2010, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How often do you bathe your GSD?

I've always been told that more than 2 baths a year is rough on a German Shepherd's skin. How often do you bathe your dog, and is his coat shiny and healthy?
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My dogs never get baths unless they get muddy, then a rinse off inside(handheld shower attachments rock) but I seldom use dog shampoo. The coats and skin are in really good shape, I supplement with oils and rawfeed, they don't shed excessively either.
I am as of today using a home made essential oil spray to repel ticks, so we will see if the coat gets nasty from it.
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One of my guys who has EPI now visits the groomer every two weeks for an oatmeal soak, shampoo, and rinse. He loves the hydro-tub. His once dry itchy skin and patchy hair now are fine and his coat is once again full, soft, and shiny. He loves the pampering and an added benefit is it helps his achy joints.

My other male gets 2-3 tub baths a year in the house.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've been giving mine a bath every 2-3 weeks because she's an indoor dog and gets smelly. Did the same for my last dog and he had beautiful fur and skin for 15 years.
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Maybe once a year. Both my dogs hate being bathed ( our boy is worse than our girl) so I use waterless shampoo if necessary and keep them well brushed. Earthbath makes some nice wipes too, for just freshening up the top layer..... I live in a dry climate, so it's easy to avoid muddy places, and they stay clean.
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I've been giving mine a bath every 2-3 weeks because she's an indoor dog and gets smelly.

If you feed a quality nutritious diet, the GSD should not have any odor, unless there is a medical issue going on.
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I bathe once every two weeks or so. Frag's coat is GREAT but he had bad skin issues that get WORSE when we don't bathe. We're trying new foods, etc, but even on raw he was itchy. He gets oil supplements as well.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If you feed a quality nutritious diet, the GSD should not have any odor, unless there is a medical issue going on.
She's been doing very well on Dogswell which is a Whole Dog Journal recommended food. She also gets fish oil once a day. She is on antibiotics for a spinal infection, but no other health issues. What causes the doggy odor?
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Never. Wolfie's coat is very shiny and soft. I credit the raw diet and salmon oil for this. And he actually smells really nice, to boot. No "doggy" smell unless wet from the rain. And funnily enough, we frequently get comments from our visitors like "Oh, looks like he just had a bath, he feels so soft." DH and I just share a look and keep our traps shut
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