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Old 11-12-2012, 09:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Yesterday was bath day at my house. They all go in the tub of thier own free will, even Lakota who used to struggle a bit when she was a pup. Apache & Kiya are about 115lbs, Lakota 70lbs. I have to get in the tub with them so it's easier on my back. We have shower doors so I only have 1/2 of the tub open which is good for keeping anyone from escaping. Even the cats got a bath, they are so much easier on my back.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:39 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Sorry I've been away this week! It's been crazy at work and such....

Our bathtub is rather small. It's honestly a bit smaller than what you would consider a "standard" size and has no detachable shower head. I checked into one of those dog washing contraptions that you can even hook on to the tub connector and it wouldn't work. Those two factors along with his general distaste for water just makes me think that it wouldn't work out. Soooo that's why I can't bathe his booty in the tub.

I did manage to find a "do it yourself" shop here. I never knew such a thing existed and I'm pretty excited about it in all honesty lol! And thank you for the brush recommendations everyone
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Suka, that second picture is HUGE! The maximum picture size is 800 x 600 - can you resize it and repost?

*thanks for reposting!*

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Old 11-17-2012, 03:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I go to a "self doggy wash" twice a year with Cowboy. Even with his bad legs, he is able to step from lowest bench to high bench then down into the tub. Here he is waiting for his bath:




I swear the only way I can get his undercoat fully out is to blow it out with their high powered dryers, but we end up covered in a floof of dog fur ourself, so then we have to turn the blowers on each other to get their fur off our faces:

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
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we have a car wash that turned one of their bays into a four station self dog washing room. It's fantastic! I'm glad we have one because I can't afford $50 for a dog bath. Anybody recommend a dog perfume spray to use in between baths? GSD's stink! I never realized that about them. My boxer didn't smell that bad but my GSD takes about 4 or 5 days to start stinking it up again. $5 a wash, i'll take it!
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:57 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I used to bathe my GSD's in the tub, then we bought a new house and had a kid (soon to be two) and I just can't bathe my dirty dogs in the tub my son plays in. Nor do I want them in our tub. And I was so over the mess years ago, as well as also realizing years ago that the shampoo and water is only half the battle. The best part of a washing place is the force dryer and that they clean up the mess.

My dogs are good bathers, they don't get the option honestly. From puppyhood baths are just a part of life for them and they learn to accept it. Most of mine actually seem to enjoy it (the scrubbing, attention, and drying).

I use one of several self wash places nearby, and the average price is $12 per wash. One place I can do two for $20 if I take them both in at the same time. We wash them in the backyard and just brush out when dry during the summer, but otherwise I take them to the wash place and it's SO much better. The place I use right now provides a great tub area, towels, a good quality natural shampoo, brushes, and a decent force dryer.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Wow, I forgot how lucky I am to live where it's warm enough all year round to wash my dog outside. She gets a bath every other weekend due to allergies. I also blow dry her. It's a lot faster with the dryer - takes only an hour to bathe, condition, and blow dry. I couldn't imagine using the dryer indoors. What a mess that would be. I usually just rinse off with the hose when I'm done drying Raina and then towel off. Maybe the OP could try a different shampoo to keep the smell down. I don't have any problem with Raina smelling and she has lots of hair.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:24 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Anybody recommend a dog perfume spray to use in between baths? GSD's stink! I never realized that about them. My boxer didn't smell that bad but my GSD takes about 4 or 5 days to start stinking it up again. $5 a wash, i'll take it!
What is your dog eating? A GSD shouldn't stink ... I'd be looking into something medical with your dog ... instead of bathing it all the time ... unless it's rolling in dead animals somewhere?
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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She just smells like dog but she gets worse after playing with her friends and getting their saliva all over her. This last wash is taking hold better than our previous bat tub washes. I think we were able to wash her better with the walk up tub and hot spray water Baths and brushing!-imageuploadedbypg-free1355284976.083348.jpg


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Old 12-13-2012, 08:50 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I gave in and bought a 2nd hand Hydrobath - I absolutely love it, between the bath and the force dryer I get bot my long coats dry and clean much easier, and it worked out cheaper to buy the same bath the groomers use than to take both dogs to the groomers 5 times
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