When my dogs were swimming in the sea frequently, I also made sure they swam in fresh water just as frequently, or rinsed them with the garden hose. I am fortunate that they love swimming and also love going after the water from the hose, so to them it's all fun and games. When it's hot, I put out a 50 gallon horse feeding bucket and they go use it as a bathtub every 2 hours or so. So the answer is no, I didn't give them a bath with shampoo, just rinsed them with tap water from the hose or they rinsed themselves by using their tub often. In fact, they spent a couple of years without a single bath with soap or shampoo, but they were in the water so often, they never smelled bad.
Just make sure they have a good diet with fish or salmon oil supplement and they can be in the water almost like fish without their hair or skin going dry as long as they are healthy. Swimming pool water is the worst.
Last edited by Ocean; 04-03-2010 at 02:58 AM.