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Baths??

I gave Odie a bath today and ughhh... The dirt!! He was getting very smelly... I was wondering how often you bathe your pups, and how they react?
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We bath once a month but brush several times a week. We wash her towels with her shampoo only and use to dry her off when it's raining outside or she plays in the snow (now we have only ice).


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Smelly requires soap, if just dirty or muddy I give my pups a quick shower... It's frequent enough they get in on their own when told.
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What's the best brand of shampoo?
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My MiL recommends using tear-free baby shampoo but I would think it would strip his coat.
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I love Isle of Dogs shampoo and conditioner.


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someone I knew recommended half vinegar and half yellow Dial hand soap. Has anyone ever heard that before? She said the vinegar takes out the dog smell and keeps the coat shiny while the Dial cleans gently. She said it was gentle enough to wash every week.
Our dog is in the pond three times a week swimming and is covered in yuck and dirt afterwards. If this is a good solution it sure would be cheap and gentle!

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Dial???? That's not even used as shampoo, I'd think it would strip the dog's coat too... But if not, let me know! Seems like a cheap and simple way to keep puppykins clean.
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Search K9designs posts. She uses a similar recipe for shampoo. I tried it once and it worked just fine!

I would bathe puppies as needed. Sometimes that means 2x a week or every other week. I would bathe every two weeks to get him used to it.


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This thread just reminded me both my guys need a bath very badly.... o_O

Berts was getting a bath every week because he would wander under his brother's leg when the boys are outside.... He hasn't done that in a while, so it's been nearly 2 weeks since the last bath. He needs a weekly bath simply because he really doesn't have a guard coat (all puppy fluff) so he picks up and carried around dirt and junk.

Jacks had a bath last month, I think.... o_O He should really be getting baths every three weeks.

In summer if the baths are connected to post-hiking/swimming trips, I will always use a shampoo that takes care of fleas and ticks.

Year round we use cowboy magic. With Berts, I don't care since it's just puppy fluff and will shed out. But Jacks I do use conditioner. I used to buy dog conditioner (cowboy magic again), but now usually keep a tube of conditioner that comes with Loreal hair coloring. And I mainly use it on his mane/feathering. As I'm not using a lot, a single tube lasts me a long time.

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