Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: East of the Mississippi
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I guess that I find my dogs' dirt attractive or something, since I pretty much never bathe them and don't regularly brush them ... and they do come into the house (but thank God for the Neato robo-vac)!
Honestly, my 6 year old male has had maybe 2 baths in his life, and one was after a skunking; the two 8 month old puppies have never had a bath and been brushed maybe 4 - 6 times. Our adult female is a children's hospital therapy dog, so she gets brushed and dry-bathed every two weeks, but only because she visits the hospital and often jumps in bed with the patients.
And these dogs are trained for field trials relatively hard somewhere from 2 to 4 days a week. Notably, we don't have cockle burs or beggar's lice on our training properties, or any known "mean seeds," so we're lucky in that regard ... we do, however, have water and mud; admittedly, if the mud is dripping off of them, they get to spend the night in the kennel.
So I cannot say that "coat care" has a place in my routine.
One related story (and I apologize for this being something of a brag, but it is related to the topic) ... I was running a dog in an all age stake; out of an entry of 79 dogs, only 4 had made it to the last series water marks and my pooch was one of them (said dog was the only dog that, according to the judges, had properly done the water blind); the water triple was being run at a lake surrounded by cockle burs; after each mark, said dog came back LOADED with cockle burs, to the extent that the judges allowed me to pull them out of the pads and armpits between the marks (at one point, there were 4 people attending to this dog and the cockle burs). That dog had more guts, desire, courage, strength, intelligence, and determination than any other that I've ever seen, whether gold, black, yellow or brown. We got the blue.