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Bathing Your Golden

I wanted to know what everybody else does in the winter time with their Goldens. Also, do you bathe your dogs inside or outside? (I wash mine outside) Is it difficult to wash them in a bath tub? My male dog has arthritis, and bathing him in cold water has been getting more irritating for him unless it is really hot outside. I kind of thought that getting him in a bath tub might be difficult for him to do, he's a really large dog. Both my goldens love to roll around in mud and anything that makes them dirty and stinky. (I let them because they seem to have so much fun) I'm going to take them to Petco to get a nice grooming, but I was just curious what everybody elses opinions were.
Oh, and anybody have any favorite shampoos they use? How do you get that really shiny and silky coat you see on dog shows? I'm guessing that means hours of grooming and alot of products?
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I bathe Molly in the bathtub with a pet shower head. Since she is only 51 pounds, I can easily lift her into the tub. My favorite combination of shampoo and conditioner that I have tried is Isle of Dogs #10 (shampoo) and #51 (conditioner). It makes her coat so soft and smooth.


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I wash Wyatt with Ivory dish soap and then conditioner! The dish soap is safe on his skin and it helps with his dry spots. It also is one of the only soaps I have used that doesn't leave him with an overpowering wet dog smell after!

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I have been bathing Rose in the bathtub from day one. She absolutely loves it - especially the shower. In the winter time I bathe her right after she goes outside to make sure she doesn't have to go for another 3 to 4 hours and give her enough time to dry.
She is now 56 lbs at 6 months. However I only bathe her once a month unless she goes to the farm and decides to play with the horses and alpacas and come home stinking!
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I did the same as Claudia. From day one Wyatt has been bathed in our tub. He is 90 lbs and still has no problem fitting in our tub

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i have to bathe chloe in the bathtub. I tried once to bathe her outside and this was the result:

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she managed to break of out the leash, get behind the trees and roll in the mud.

at least she had a good time... well until i made her take a real bath

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I wanted to know what everybody else does in the winter time with their Goldens. Also, do you bathe your dogs inside or outside? (I wash mine outside) Is it difficult to wash them in a bath tub? My male dog has arthritis, and bathing him in cold water has been getting more irritating for him unless it is really hot outside. I kind of thought that getting him in a bath tub might be difficult for him to do, he's a really large dog. Both my goldens love to roll around in mud and anything that makes them dirty and stinky. (I let them because they seem to have so much fun) I'm going to take them to Petco to get a nice grooming, but I was just curious what everybody elses opinions were.
Oh, and anybody have any favorite shampoos they use? How do you get that really shiny and silky coat you see on dog shows? I'm guessing that means hours of grooming and alot of products?
I don' want my Goldens to scratch the enamel in the bathtub.
I have a hose in the walk in shower and I take care of them there.
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I use a pet sprayer in the tub. Cookie is a mud loving dog, so unless the ground is frozen, she ends up in the tub at least once each weekend.

At Petco, I also bought a little plastic strainer to go over the drain. It keeps most of the fur and leaves, etc.. from clogging up the drain.
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Bathtub. I know from working outside the water from the hose is way too cold on me so I would never bathe my dog in it.
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ive been giving chester a bath in the tub since day one. he gets a bath every few weeks sometimes 2 or 3 depends how much he smells or if he even smells at all. i brush everyday and take out all the shedding hair. he loves the water at first but once he's in there for a long time he just stands stiff as a board and wont even move lol.
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