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02-04-2014 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by CelticGlory View Post
I think it depends on what you are using as a shampoo too. Soap free shampoos that doesn't strip oils from the coat and skin are the best you could use. That way you can bathe them more often. It is expensive though compared to soap shampoos.
"Soap free" is pretty much a marketing gimmick. Depending on how you define "soap", either all shampoos are "soap free", or none of them are. All shampoos must contain a surfactant (soap or detergent) in order to have cleansing properties. There is a slight chemical difference between detergent and soap, but they are both surfactants.

What you want to look for a is a mild shampoo that does not strip the oil out of the coat. Avoid anything by Hartz, Seargents, or any other supermarket brands. Earthbath is a gentle shampoo line. Look for terms like "hypoallergenic", "tearless", "non-stripping", or "will not remove spot-on flea treatments" and you can bet that the shampoo will not be too harsh. Even the stripping shampoos are okay for occasional use once or twice a year, or if the dog has an oily skin condition, or has car grease on his coat.
02-04-2014 05:22 PM
MichaelE I usually draw Lisl's bath around fiveish, just after tea, but before dinner is served.

02-04-2014 05:10 PM
Galathiel My pup pretty much got weekly baths this summer. Going to the lake meant getting a bath when we got home. Nasty lakes! He also got rinsed quite often because he loved to play in his wading pool and then run in the dirt and dry grass. He hasn't had a bath since early fall.
02-04-2014 12:47 PM
CelticGlory I think it depends on what you are using as a shampoo too. Soap free shampoos that doesn't strip oils from the coat and skin are the best you could use. That way you can bathe them more often. It is expensive though compared to soap shampoos.
01-31-2014 01:35 AM
havery I only bathe mine when they start to smell. During the summer Sofie gets lots of hose baths because she likes to play with the water hose, but there's no soap involved there. We've only had Yann, our coatie, a month, but he got a good couple of baths the first week and nothing since, he's been good without, his skin is actually not flaking anymore, apparently he got too many baths with his previous owners and was drying out. I'd say only every few months for a real tub bath with soap. We brush every other day for Yann, twice a week for Sofie.

Sofie Rose born 08/2012
Yann von Erzengel born 02/2006
01-30-2014 10:13 PM
David Winners I rinse my dogs without any soap a lot, but they go a long time between baths sometimes.

Fama used to come to the showers with me in Afghanistan for her rinse after missions. Pretty funny sometimes when someone would walk in and she would be standing in the bathroom.

David Winners
01-30-2014 10:00 PM
llombardo I don't have a schedule and I don't bathe them often. My 2.5 yr old female GSD has had two baths. My 1.5 year old just had his second bath today. The male gets dry skin and I think it's the winter, so next year I might give him more baths in the winter with special shampoo. It's much easier now that I got one of those dog dryers.
01-30-2014 09:54 PM
JackandMattie No schedule here, either. Just when they get too dusty or smelly to bear to have in bed. Our lake isn't the nicest, so unlike the others posting, Jack gets most of his shampoo baths in summer after he goes swimming in the lake. Aargh.

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01-30-2014 09:45 PM
Originally Posted by TaylorGSDT View Post
When will the shedding start though?
Any minute now. Be prepared.
01-30-2014 08:49 PM
volcano I bathe her by taking her to a lake, I cant do it at home because I have a fiberglass tub and she hates hoses.
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