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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-25-2010, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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de-funking a pup

Ok so my kennel training has been going really good except he has had a couple accidents in his kennel, not his fault but mine. Poor thing trying to hold it. i have been really good at going home ever 3 hours to let him out but yesterday I had to drive from omaha to chicago and back. Witch was 18 hours round trip. I had my mom come over to let the dogs out but she was only able to get there twice between 5am and 11pm.

So I have given him a bath twice in the last 4 days. Mainly because he stinks from pee.

The first time i used some kind of puppy shampoo but really didnt get the smell out. Last night I used some tea tree people shampoo. The reason is his kennel is next to my bed and he smelled so bad i couldnt sleep. So it was bath time at 11:30pm Of course he acted like I was trying to drown him. LOL I compleatly cleaned his kennel to get the smell out also.

The tea tree worked great but i know its not the best to use but it worked in a pinch.

Whats a good shampoo to use? is there a tea tree shampoo for dogs? Is it ok to give a pup a bath so much? if so is there some thing I could use instead of shampoo all the time?
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check your local petsmart/petco they have tons of shampoo's of different kinds)

They DO have tea tree shampoo for dogs, so you may be able to find it there.

Pooor baby! ) I'm sure he felt bad too

I also use a product called OUT for cleaning 'stuff', it has a really clean smell and neutralizer, you can find it in the pet dept of Walmart, pretty cheap to,,works GREAT on removing stains from anything.

It shouldn't hurt him to bath him especially when he has accidents. You can also look for a "dry" shampoo, but not sure if the smell would come out..They would have those in the petstores as well...It's usually a liquid, that you don't have to use with water.

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I'd rather a pup remain clean and receive a gentle bath every few days than have feces/urine on them. I have never had a problem with regular baths, I used to give them almost weekly to my service and guide dog puppies in training to keep them above and beyond the usual cleanliness. When I have a litter of pups from the shelter or owner surrender that we are fostering, they get baths every few days and I've yet to have a problem with this. With puppies I use the old stand-by gentle puppy tearless shampoos, rather watered down.

I have used scented without problems, but prefer to use the tearless puppy stuff. I've never bathed pups in "people shampoo" but I'll tell ya what, I bought a big thing of the human white rain shampoo, I think it was tropical coconut or somethign to that effect, at the dollar store nearby and have used it on several of my adults for the past couple months. It has worked BEAUTIFULLY. They smell great, their skin and coat is nice and soft, and they don't get any itchies (I have one prone to the itches a few days after baths due to skin drying).

I've used all sorts of medicated shampoos, the traditional "oatmeal" shampoos, and tons of different brands ranging from $5 to $15 a bottle. The whole pH thing one always reads about boggles my mind, because most bottles don't even TELL you the pH so it seems like one of those things that just gets passed along to other dog owners with no real proof. If the pH is different, where's the proof that it is a problem?

Personally, I tend to go with what works best for me and my dogs, and if it goes against the grain, so be it.
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I bath often as the weather here has been so wet, so we get a lot of mud. I just make double sure I rinse all of the shampoo out. I use horse shampoos on my dogs and haven't had any problems.
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