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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-17-2008, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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I bathe my GSD every 2 weeks. what is the norm on bathing? Any comments would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
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Re: Bathing

I set up a poll on this one a couple of months ago. Most of us bathe them once or twice a year unless they have some sort of skin problem or they roll in something stinky. It is generally agreed that it is not healthy for the dog's coat and skin to be bathed very often. Good food, regular brushing and daily exercise helps keep their coat and skin healthy.

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Re: Bathing

we bathe ours when they are really dirty..nothing more..nothing less! Probably about every 3-4 months, more when we go on "adventures" hah, But they are in the house most of the time.

Every 2 weeks sounds like a bit much..you have to be careful about drying out the coat
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Re: Bathing

So, I am defenitely going overboard??? He's ouotside a lot and come in with mud and all sorts of stuff. About a month ago with bad flea problem but we are taking care of that. You think I should cut back on the bathing?
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Mine get muddy too. What I do is take a damp towel and wipe them off. Then when they're dry I brush out any mud left in their coat. I definitely think two weeks is too often.

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I wash my pup every few days because he develops a 'swampy' smell that comes with the humidity. The family complains, so I comply. He hasn't seemed dry or itchy.

Anyone have a shampoo to recommend that keeps him smelling good for... ever?
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I am going to cancel his bath tomorrow first thing!. Maybe once a month wouldn't be too bad. I just think that one to 2 times per year is an awfully long time in between baths. I do clean his ears once or twice a week and brush his teeth 2wice a week.
I had a suspicion that I was bathing him too often. Thans guys for helping me out.
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No, not forever! Lol. But I think the oatmeal shampoo is very good for itchy dogs and it is very mild therefore not stripping their coats of the essential oils.
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Originally Posted By: JennyJenI wash my pup every few days because he develops a 'swampy' smell that comes with the humidity. The family complains, so I comply. He hasn't seemed dry or itchy.

Anyone have a shampoo to recommend that keeps him smelling good for... ever?
What is your dog eating? A healthy dog shouldn't have a swampy smell. Whenever my dogs have smelled they have had something going on health-wise , either internally or externally. I would suspect a systemic yeast infection with a swampy smell.

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He eats Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Chow.

And it's not a 'bad' smell, but my family is so against 'doggy' smells. I'm used to it, frankly, but they say my room has a special 'B.O.' smell to it.

I could bathe him less if the shampoo smell stayed with him. Crating him every night doesn't help it either, as it's just like waking up in your own bed in the morning smelling like anything but pleasantries.
I clean his crate frequently, but that doesn't seem to help.

I heard dryer sheets can help. I don't like 'in-between' sprays, because it seems like it just masks everything.

Anybody try dryer sheets?
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