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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Washing the GSD

I was just wondering how often we can wash our dogs. I have read some things that say only once or twice a year but i can not even imagine how much they would smell and just not look very good. But then on this site it looks like people think you can wash every month or so with a good shampoo. I would love some advice as we are getting a new GSD puppy and would like to get her use to getting washed. Thanks so much!!
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Our dogs only get baths 3 or 4 times a year unless they get into something that requires an emergency bath. They get brushed much more frequently.

They live in the house and they don't smell at all, and I think they look just fine.

A healthy dog fed a good diet is generally pretty non-stinky, even without lots of bathing.


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Getting a new puppy used to being washed is a great idea.

That being said, the ONLY time I wash my GSDs is when they are dirty.

Sasha (1 yr old rescue from Alabama) has been with us since late October - hasn't had a bath yet.

We got Mauser as an 8 week old Puppy and he's had one bath so far.
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Getting a new puppy changes the norm on this question.For a puppy so they get use to baths should be bathed every couple of weeks.If you happen to have that work out for you,It didn't for me Athena HATES to be bathed then once a month or a few times a year.Good luck on your puppy.

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I haven't really figured out how often I bathe Duke but yesterday we bathed him again and he did so amazing I was so proud of him and I've been giving him baths off and on since we've had him and he's 18 months now He just sat there for me all proud to let me wash him all up. He's so soft & his coat looks great! I use a good shampoo on him ( forget what its called but I OK'd it from my Vet ) and bought it from my trainer.

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Thanks so much! We are so excited to get our new puppy Aspen and we just want to the very best for her!
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Re: Washing the GSD

you can get her used to being touched and handled all over her body, as well as wetting her with the hose or placing her in the tub as frequently as you'd like w/o it actually being a bath (no soap)... start young, make it fun, use lots of treats and praise. she'll be fine!

i have one that enjoys baths, and one that just tolerates them.

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I have moisturizing doggie wipes so I can clean Jerzey when she gets mud on her from the dog park or when she just smells (I HATE dog smell so I probably notice it long before anyone else would. ) We don't really bathe Jerzey because she hates it so much... she's been that way literally since the day we got her... can't convince her otherwise.

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I have given Jethro 2 baths so far...........and hes 15 weeks old yesterday......I read on one white gsd site that baths were not good or advised............
When I had my girls, both labs, they got dry skin for being bathed each week.....omg....vet said once a year unless they got into something nasty.........
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my boy is 19 months and he might have been bathed 3 times. he gets brushed.
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