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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-25-2019, 12:39 PM
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From the trails when water is close by, retrieving from the water and voila, clean smelling dog! Yesterday she lagged behind on our property and came back holding 'something'. I knew that there were fleecy toys left out. It was a rotten squirrel skin; the remainder of somebody's meal. She dropped it on command . By the time we were back inside I had forgotten about it. She never smelled bad and I didn't get sick. I think we worry too much about 'dirt'.
I have a rosemary bush to wipe my hand in and over their neck if a filthy scent doesn't get out with spot cleaning. Then forget about it.
Valor had a FIELD DAY playing in the downpour we had the other day, apparently those Kong rope animals are more fun when soppy wet. I just let him go for it and have a ball. When he came in did a quick towel dry and crated him to chill out and dry out while I was making dinner. Brushed him next day, His coat was so soft and beautiful after. He smells...and I know this sounds weird...warm and nutty lol
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Valor had a FIELD DAY playing in the downpour we had the other day, apparently those Kong rope animals are more fun when soppy wet. I just let him go for it and have a ball. When he came in did a quick towel dry and crated him to chill out and dry out while I was making dinner. Brushed him next day, His coat was so soft and beautiful after. He smells...and I know this sounds weird...warm and nutty lol
I do much the same. Towel off followed by a good brush the next day. Bud had maybe 5 baths in his whole life and Sabs maybe 4. I always thought Sabi smelled like a warm blanket. I loved it. Shadow always seems to smell faintly of grass or leaves? Bud had a doggie/musky odor that while not pleasant wasn't offensive. It simply wasn't soothing like the girls.
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I wash my dog every week to two weeks with a special blend of shampoo I have created.


The ingredients are: Dr. Bronner unscented shampoo, organic coconut milk, organic witch hazel, organic aloe vera juice, organic green tea, organic avocado meat, jojoba oil and Eucalyptus oil for a beautiful fragrance.


I've tested it in our campus Chemistry lab and it's typically ~7.8pH.


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Jack generally gets washed with Mane & Tail when he starts smelling ripe--about once a month. In the winter, we fill up a 5-gallon bucket with warm water for rinsing and a 1-gallon pitcher for washing. The rest of the year, we use the garden hose.

In warmer months, we sometimes wash him even less as we'll take him to the lake to go swimming for a redneck bath.
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Pushing through or playing in deep snow makes their coat look and feel great.
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