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I'm just wondering what shampoo I should use to wash my pups and how I should cup their nails. I usually use my conditioner being that my vet said it would be fine. But how should I clip their nails?

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I never use any human items on my dogs they contain ingredients that can be toxic

find a conditioner that is made for dogs and a good oatmeal shampoo is always a good choice.....or one that is made for sensitive skin dogs

If possible the dremel is best however the vibration can be a problem for some dogs....I taught my collies and rotties to tolerate the dremel by turning it on and letting them get used to the noise for several days then lay it close to the dog, then make it a game and use the game/play voice and say "ooo do you feel that" and touch the nail for a second just a millisecond and then praise the dog for no reaction keep that up until you can use the dremel - don't hold it on the nail for more than 2-3 seconds cause it will burn through the nail in the blink of an eye....

If you can't play or touch your dogs nails or toes then take the dog to the vet for nail clips especially if you think that you won't know where to stop with black nails....it's worth the $15 to let them do it and they have the stop stick that is the powder they dip the nail in to stop bleeding instantly if they go too far.....

if you do it yourself look for the powder to stop bleeding at the pet store just in case....

I do the my big dog's nails but my little dog won't let me touch his feet so now that I take him in to the vet I just take them both at the same time

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Agree with Talisin, even if they're non-toxic I believe a dogs skin pH and ours are quite different so you really should use one specifically for dogs. Personally though, I never bath mine, I believe it can cause more skin problems than it prevents.

For nails I use the Wahl Smartgroom, the same as the dremel but designed just for pets. My breeder started with this when the puppies were tiny so my girl isnt too fussed. I do it once a week to keep her nails short without having to spend too much time doing it. When she was younger we had to wrestle a bit, now she falls asleep on me while i do it!

P.S. cornflower works if you do cut a quick and dont have the special powder :)

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I use the pedipaws it has a safety slot to put the nail into that prevents you from twisting the nail wrong and causing splitting

Konkie what do you mean cornflower?

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Like the stuff you thicken sauces with in cooking, cornflour* Christmas brain :)

edit- I think you guys in the US call it corn starch :)

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I use the avoderm shampoo and conditioner. I try not to bathe them too often (usually every 2 months because they play in the mud alot) so in between I use baby wipes for dogs and a spritzer made by Cloud Star to improve their smell and it conditions their coats as well. I clip their nails every couple weeks conservatively. I have the powder for quick clotting just in case. I can clip them myself but it took patience and a lot of treats when they sat quietly to be able to do it by myself. I haven't tried the dremel yet. There is a nail clipping graphic for a guide to clipping them properly if you google it and it has been posted in the forum too I think. With Argo especially, I had to clip his nails back very gradually because the line for blood to the nails had grown forward because his nails weren't clipped ever by his former owner when we adopted him at 1 yr. old. If you have puppies that shouldn't be an issue.

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Thanks for starting this thread Rogue had her first roll in poo.... she thought she smelt great....

My daughter thought it was horrendously funny when I found the stuff on her back was sticky..... 

We just washed her off with fresh water as we werent sure what we could use... she didn't like it much ...then I had a shower

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Thanks y'all were a lot of help. I didn't now how often to wash them. I just do when ever I see they have horrendous dandruff Becuase really, who wants a dobermann to have dandruff haha

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Most Dobes don't need frequent baths unless they get into something stinky.  The dandruff can actually be caused by too frequent bathing, bathing in water that's too warm, or dry skin.  Both of mine get coconut oil and fish oil in their food; my Shih Tzu, too.  The Dobes are blue and have poor coats to begin with, but the extra oils really do help.  Feeding a high quality food helps dandruff, too.