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Old 01-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Jmm4, for the record, GSD coats aren't meant to be soft. The coat should be hard to the touch (to repel water). For an "every day" shampoo, I suggest the Cindra cleansing shampoo, which is low foaming. It's not so harsh.

If your dog is seeming a bit dry, I suggest the moisturizing shampoo.

Once or twice a month, I bathe the dogs, and then cover them in conditioner and let them sit for an hour before rinsing.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Jackie, do you know if the Cindra Maxicare helps with the static electricity? It is SO dry here. I have humidifiers running in the main rooms in my house, but I'm still getting shocked some when I touch the dogs. I thought about spraying them with something, but didn't know what to use.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm confused, this is the conformation forum, are we talking about the products we use before a show? I bathe my dog a few days before the show and honestly don't really care what shampoo.

For normal care, I've trained him to turn circles on a large mat in front of the door, so when he comes in he wipes his own feet. He also has a command that means "stop, stand, and wait" so if he's wet or muddy I can stop him and wipe him off. I normally bathe once every 2 months or so.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Xeph thank you so much. I already have an order form ready for the Cindra. I was going to buy a gallon of shampoo and a gallon of conditioner. And the spray you mentioned Ill have to get too.

As far as bathing too much... I showed Aussies and Belgian Tervurens for a lot of years. The Aussies would be bathed weekly for shows and I used BioGroom. The Tervs I only washed completely once a month but before shows I'd wash their pants, legs, underbelly and chest and fluff up the top later with a blower and a spray bottle. All our dogs have had magnificent coats.

I've never had a German Shepherd, and though she's registered I don't plan on showing her in conformation. But I will still be using generally the same grooming practices. Xeph you're so right about the coat not supposed to be soft, I'm sorry! She's a puppy right now, soft and fluffy lol so I forget she's going to grow up I was going to buy the moisture Shampoo but if it will be too harsh to use frequently then Ill use the..what was it? All purpose?

As far as "you shouldn't have gotten a GSD if you have cleaning OCD" Um...ok? Thanks for your opinion? Sorry if not wanting to let my puppy inside after rolling in mud offends you. Sheesh.

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And I wrote this in the conformation forum because you guys shampoo/cond more than anyone out there.


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If it helps Jmm4 I always leave a towel by the door they come in. I have trained all my dogs, except Jonas" hes a pig" To sit and lift paws to be dried. Ginger does it still and Taz used to do it.
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dogfaeries, the Maxicare does well for static for me, though you may want to look at their Super Coat, too I believe it is specifically recommended for static.

Jmm, the cheapest place I've found Cindra is from A1 Pet Supply

And yes, the regular Cleansing (it's just called cleansing, purple bottle) shampoo is great for "every day" bathing. At first, I thought it smelled like old lady, but the smell has grown on me, LOL
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If you are bathing her once a week, key is to use a mild shampoo that isn't too drying. I have not used Cindra (except for their texturizing shampoo) so I am not sure what they have in their line, but see if you can find something hypoallergenic for dry, sensitive skin. Definitely use conditioner too if you are bathing more often than every 3 weeks.

I use a mild, tearless oatmeal shampoo in my shop for frequently bathed dogs, but it only comes in a gallon or 5 gallon size. Earthbath makes a very nice hypoallergenic shampoo. Allergroom is another nice one.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:36 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I use Groomers Blend Herbal Extracts shampoo. Leaves a clean scent and the coat feels amazing.

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I have used the Bio-Groom line of shampoos and love them. Everything from the flea and tick, protein lanolin and oatmeal. They have corresponding conditioners and I especially love their "silk" conditioner for taking static out of a show dog's coat.
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