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I must be in the minority, haha. I don't bathe my dog often myself, only when her coat feels really gross to me because of her being out and about doing dog things. She sleeps on my bed, so I don't like having her smell. But I do have her professionally groomed twice a year. Once before winter, once during spring. I like to help along any major coat shedding.
 

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Funny thing is that sometimes I still feel pretty bad and if I have extra time, I clean up a bit for them :eek:
You are a nice person. :) The last time I went to ours, I had my 1 year-old and 2 year-old in the double stroller. I was hurrying to wash the dog and get out before the kids got restless. I can't remember if I gave the tub a courtesy scrubbing or not!
 

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Both of my Shepherds love to roll in moose poop or bear poop. The moose poop is usually on the dry side but is sometimes runny, bear poop is almost always runny. What we did was to buy one of those cheap plastic play pools at the discount store for like $5.99 or so. It's about a foot deep and maybe 5 ft in diameter. We have a hot/cold water tap in the garage so we hook up a hose and fill up the "pool" in the driveway. We toss one of their balls in there and start the washing.
 

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I put Dean in the tub, then I sit on the edge of the tub with my legs in the tub, and him between them. He then sticks his head under my armpit, and I take the shower head, wet him down, soap him up, rinse him off, then let him out to run around the house a few times while I change my soaked clothes lol
 

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I bathe Shadow once a year, just to get rid of the last of the winter itchies. Usually in June or so and outside with hose and bucket.
Sun dries her and the grass helps. I never understood the whole bathing thing.
Me Too! My hose nozzle has a shower spray. Fast and easy, when it's hot, once a year.
 

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We probably Bath Diva too often. At least once a month sometimes more if she's sloping around in the mud or in salt water. She a weird dog....loves the water. So bath time is no problem. Actually it's a treat for her. I just put an extra long hose on the hand-held shower head. She saw the water on (testing for leaks) and she started getting excited because she thought she would be getting a bath.

We've been using "Paws & Pals" Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner that we got on Amazon. She smells good and seems okay with.
 

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I only bathe if something awful happens. Even if he gets muddy, I let him dry in his crate then give him a good brushing. I find a grooming regiment coupled with good diet keeps them smelling good, and like a dog but not "doggy".
 

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I only bathe if something awful happens. Even if he gets muddy, I let him dry in his crate then give him a good brushing. I find a grooming regiment coupled with good diet keeps them smelling good, and like a dog but not "doggy".
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 :surprise:. 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.
 

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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 :surprise:. 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.


Craig
 

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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. :D
 
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