Bathing and products

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Do you and if so how often does your doberman get a bath and what do you like to use?I just got some new shampoo in called K9 Slick and Shine it is in the form of a bar of soap.The lady who makes it says it is a good product for this breed.Unfortunatly we do not have many dobermans that come to grooming shop for a bath just a few and I am curious to try this product and see for myself how it works and if I like it or not.I am going to try it on my 2 danes next week they are due for their baths.Anyone ever hear of it or try it?

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A tip for everyone.

If you do bath your dogs at home in your tub lay towels down in the bottom of the tub so when you shampoo their feet have grip and the tub will not be slippery.Do not want them to slip and get hurt while getting in or out of tub or during bath.

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I've tried a lot of shampoos over the years, and my favourite for the Dobermans is Nova Pearls.  I don't bathe them that often, maybe twice a year and when we're going to shows or trials. 

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NovaPearls by Tomlyn, yes I do really like that shampoo!!! I use the moisturizing in the blue/white bottle.

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We use an oatmeal w/ coconut oil ( for fragrance) shampoo on Sofia..Usually once a month.. In between I do a spray of Skin-So-Soft and water mixed with a little Listerine. I wipe her down with Baby Wipes ( unscented) almost every day and today we brushed our teeth. Tonight we will brush again, as she caught another mouse.. .. Pppphhhewwwww!! 

I don't bathe my dogs that often either unless they are going to a show or trial. I've used the Nova Pearls also. One interesting thing that I've noted lately is the dog that I've switched over to raw food doesn't have the same doggy odor as the rest of them. His coat is absolutely gorgeous, no flaking, hardly any shedding, just a beautiful coat. I think it must be the food. All of my dogs are always fed the highest quality of dog food but I have to say I really notice a difference with this one. I think I will be changing the rest over to the same.

Let me know what you think of the slick and shine bar, it sounds interesting.

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I do not feed raw but know others friends/dane and dal breeders who do agree the dogs look great!Also believe and have read and seen a lot of dogs with allergie/skin issues that have swithched to raw and many health issues they were having have been resolved.I have 2 friends in my area that have holistic health pet stores they also feed raw.chicken feet are excellent glucosamine for the danes.

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Ziva has had a full bath in the tub twice in the past year.  I use an oatmeal shampoo on her and rinse her with a 1:4 vinegar & water solution to remove all shampoo residue.  Her coat is always very shiny, and looks like she has been waxed! LOL  I do brush her nightly, though, and she loves the brushing.  She also gets her teeth brushed, but only about three or four times a week, not one of our nightly rituals.  Unscented baby wipes are good, too, to remove dust particles from her fur.

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Rocky spends most weekends at the MX park in the dust / dirt and weeknights he gets to run and play in by the pond near our house so the combination of slightly nasty pond water and all that dust makes for a very dirty dog if not bathed frequently.

 

So we bath him every week on Sunday night when we're done ridnig for the weekend with an Oatmeal shampoo.  We've been doing this since he was a pup and he hops right in the tub and out on command.  I think he likes it, I rub him down really good like a massage and he just stands there and takes it. 

 

We also do daily teeth brushing...

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I wash my dogs about once every 2 weeks. And I currently use Buddy Bath. I love the way it smells and it makes the dogs coat so shiny. It uses botanical extracts and natural oils. Trust me you'll love to snuggle with your dog after you give him a bath with Buddy Wash.

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Maybe it's just me but I have a huge pet peeve with large dogs being smelly.  There's nothing worse than petting a dog for a minute and having to run to the bathroom immediately after to get the smell off your hands.   Someone brought a huge furry mix breed into our office the other day and I could smell him from 10 feet away.  I don't get that at all.  I want my dog near me and in the house so how can you let them stink so bad? 

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Ziva's Dad. Her coat is absolutely BRILLIANT.. I've seen her pictures and she's amazing. I use oatmeal shampoo on Sofia as well.. but being a fawn, she will never have the same sheen that the fabulous black and tans and the incredible red heads do.

Sofia loves her bath.. ( what Diva doesn't??) Teeth brushing, I wish I could say I do it every day, but I don't.. I do dremel three times a week as her nails grow over night, and use the unscented baby wipes.. During the summer when there are skeeters out here, I use Skin So Soft and  water  in between shampoos. An egg scrambled in a pat of butter once a week. SO far no sign of any skin or coat problems associated with the fawns.. her coat is thick and glossy.

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I've added a teaspoon of Olive oil 3 times a week to Rocky's food and it's helped a lot with his coat and the bit of dandruff he had.

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I think I'm going to have to give the olive oil a try.  I've been nervous about over bathing her, but baby-wipes aren't really taking care of the dust issue (especially on her feet).  I'm really allergic to grass and dust, so when her paws touch my bare skin I instantly break out into hives.  And if she ate any grass while outside, and then licks me I get rashes too :[

Is it okay to bathe once a week?  That may help my allergy issue, but what would that do with her dandruff?

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Roxi~~

Would you have to use shampoo? What if you just rinsed her with warm water? Maybe even a spray bottle with water would work to keep the dust and grass spores away from you.. Yipes.. Being allergic to those things must be a real pain!!

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I got FURminator my FURst bath spray... I am going to use that in between baths... I am planning a bath once a month during winter and using that for a quick clean in between

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I got FURminator my FURst bath spray... I am going to use that in between baths... I am planning a bath once a month during winter and using that for a quick clean in between

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Lady Kate -  It sucks, for lack of better wording :[  I'm allergic to basically everything that has to do with outside, heh.  Trees, weeds, grass, dust, etc.  Once, I cleaned my room and it was so dusty in one spot I had to be hospitalized because of my asthma.  

I know Paul Mitchell has a pet line, maybe I could get some of that and try it out?  It's actually pretty inexpensive.  The wipes were only $10 for a big bottle (?) of them.  Then they have leave-in conditioner sprays for dogs, too?  I just know that even her dandruff is starting to create little hives on me :[  Death to allergies!!!!

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it won't hurt them at all to be bathed weekly, Rocky has gotten a bath every since week his entire life and all it has caused him is slightly more dandruff that normal.  The olive oil fixes that and the benefit is a clean, soft, good smelling dog.

 

Get a good shampoo and it shouldn't dry his skin out

 

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cf33~

I am about 15 minutes from you! Small world!

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Lori I am like you, I bathe once a week maybe every other week, depending on how active Steve was.  He plays with other dogs, he gets smelly, especially Axel -- when he has rottie drool all over him and dirt from rolling around the backyard.  I have to bathe my pom weekly anyway as he has skin issues.

I use a hypoallergenic shampoo on Harry, that has tea tree oil, and a few other calming agents in it.  I've tried oatmeal on Steve but it makes him itch.  Must be a crap brand.  I use it for the first scrub down when he's really dirty and then follow with the hypoallergenic.  In a pinch I use Dawn soap (crazy, I know) but we used it at one of the places I worked at and it really gave a nice glean to the coat and was a mild soap.

The towels in tub are a good idea, I'll have to try that for Steve next time.

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Cisco we will have to get together!I go to lots of dog events in spring/summer I can let you know what events are coming up and you can bring your boy.You will have to bring him to the salon for me and the girls to meet him!!!!

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cf! Sounds like a plan! I private messaged you so keep in touch!