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Old 01-10-2011, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How often should you bathe?

Maybe its weather or him laying on the grass/sand all day, but my boy Max SMELLS...like a dog....especially his armpits. omg! For the past 3-4 weeks i've given him quick baths etc. But i think its too much for his coat. It's not as shiny as a full grown female at the doggie park? But anyways how or what can i do to make him a little oder-less! Thanks

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I should probably bathe almost every night:biggrin:............but your dog? No more than once a week at most, I think. You could try a vinegar and water rinse to see if that helps with the odor problem.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Waterless shampoo! It's a spray to help eliminate doggy smell.
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We bathe--shower, really, Niz once every week or two weeks--he's kind of stinky. His coat is super shiny and glossy, though--even though we don't use conditioner. His showers are with coldish water (the cold version of lukewarm, I suppose) and we lightly massage the shampoo in (don't scratch at the skin, don't rub fur the wrong way) and then towel him off and let him air dry the rest by running around.
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What is he fed on? Is he neutered? I've found those factors can effect their smell. You can always get a doggy cologne, a spray to spritz on his coat to make him smell nice.... or as suggested a wipe down with diluted apple cider vinegar every day, or a diluted listerine mix. Change his bedding often (you wouldn't sleep in the sheets for months hehe)
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His coat probably won't ever be shiney and glossy because he is a blue. I agree with the vinergar/water or the waterless shampoo. Mine are only bathed about once every 3 weeks. Unless they get really stinky then they get another bath.
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You might want to search for some other blue Doberman coat posts on the forum. This might help also

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I bathe mine maybe 3 times a year unless we are showing and they need a bath or they've gotten into something horribly smelling in the field.
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We bathe--shower, really, Niz once every week or two weeks--he's kind of stinky. His coat is super shiny and glossy, though--even though we don't use conditioner. His showers are with coldish water (the cold version of lukewarm, I suppose) and we lightly massage the shampoo in (don't scratch at the skin, don't rub fur the wrong way) and then towel him off and let him air dry the rest by running around.
Is it better to use cool water and not rub against the grain with the fur?
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See if it is the shampoo you are using....we had a member on here who was having the same issue then realized that the smell was coming from the shampoo they were using. So see if it is the shampoo that you are using and change brands.
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Mine only get baths a couple times per year or as needed. I spray them weekly with diluted ACV and wipe them down. It helps keep their coats shiny and works as a nice deodorizer. Plus in the summer it works as a natural mosquito repellant (so I spray and wipe them down daily in summer months).

They both got a bath yesterday, not because they smelled but I realized it had been 7-months since Fiona's last bath and 5-months since Tali's last bath. I just figured it was time.
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We usually give a bath maybe every other month, unless something happens and we need to give a quick cleaning. Too many baths for a dog removes their natural oils and many times it will dry out their skin. With the blue, like you have, you want to be especially careful. I don't have any experience with blues, but I'm sure if you look around you'll see how to take care of their coats, and what supplements people use.

Like mentioned, many times blues have coat issues, so if you are not aware of them, I would take a look at the special care people give. That's likely to be why your dog is not shiny like the others you see.
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Like brw said, try spraying him with diluted apple cider vinegar and wiping him down.. I use the organic kind of ACV, Bragg's brand.. I think I do about 2 oz of ACV in about 20 oz. of water. But you can play around with that ratio some.

I also was at Petsmart the other day and noticed that Nature's Miracle now makes a waterless shampoo and a deodorizing spray with enzymes. They weren't too cheap but they might be worth looking into. I almost picked up a bottle of the deodorizing spray.

Use a gentle shampoo (Nova Pearls sensitive skin is a good one) and I use a rich conditioner as well. Bathing him more than once about every 4-6 weeks could cause his skin to dry out... but in my experience that really depends on the individual dog (how dry their skin is naturally), plus what they're eating, the weather, and other things. I would be hesitant to bathe a blue very often.
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I never bathe my dog. He swims in the mountain lakes when it's warm and gets the snow bath in the winter

We use diluted apple cider to clean his coat when he gets dirty.
No problems with a doggy smell in our house. Gino's coat looks great.

Maybe you should add fish oil to his food...
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I wouldn't bath a dog more than quarterly...like every 3 months....use a damp washcloth to wipe them down inbetween...

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We bath Magnum once every two weeks or when we really start to notice his smell. WE spray a light conditioner on his coat, but it looks like he has dandruff?

Any ideas why this is?
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Same here. The most I might do in between baths is wipe them down with a damp towel.
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Maybe its weather or him laying on the grass/sand all day, but my boy Max SMELLS...like a dog....especially his armpits. omg! For the past 3-4 weeks i've given him quick baths etc. But i think its too much for his coat. It's not as shiny as a full grown female at the doggie park? But anyways how or what can i do to make him a little oder-less! Thanks

this is him last night

Aw, he's really giving you the look o' love there, isn't he?

I know this isn't what you asked about, but I'm going to go ahead and be the one to ask what is going on with his choke chain, there in that pic?

It looks like you have a knot in it, and then have clipped it back together?

Please do not use this on him to walk him, that looks very unsafe. And certainly do not leave it on him when he's loose--that is a hanging/neck injury accident waiting to happen and we'd sure hate to hear a tragic story some day.
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Use a gentle shampoo (Nova Pearls sensitive skin is a good one) and I use a rich conditioner as well. Bathing him more than once about every 4-6 weeks could cause his skin to dry out... but in my experience that really depends on the individual dog (how dry their skin is naturally), plus what they're eating, the weather, and other things. I would be hesitant to bathe a blue very often.
I love that shampoo! That's the one I use for my girls - it smells really nice and is gentle on their skin.
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Thanks all, i'll try the Apple vinegar mix this weekend!

and about the chain, lol i've had it on him since he was 15 weeks old. i put a knot on it because it was too big for him.
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What do you feed your puppy? A diet change to a premium kibble could help with the odor if he's currently eating a big name commercial food.
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Like others have said - bathe only when necessary (we've only ever bathed Roland twice, and both times it was because he'd gotten poop on himself) and look into feeding a high-quality food to reduce the dog smell.
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I wash them every other month unless they get muddy.....but I use a wet cloth on them every week.
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In the summer Red gets a bath maybe once a month or so (or when he gets rally nasty from something) because he likes to swim in a scummy pond lol... but other than that, I just wipe him down as needed with a warm washcloth and waterless shampoo. I feel if you bathe too often, it can dry out and irritate the skin.
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I'm with the others:

- I bathe maybe 3 times a year. My dogs don't stink unless they swim in boggy water or it's been a really long time.
- I use a diluted ACV/water mix to spray down in between.
- I supplement with fish oil, and a touch of vitamin E
- Read Storm's website and the info on blue Dobermans and their coat issues.


I think food can be a huge factor here. What you put in there can really affect the skin and coat. I've seen it first hand with both dogs and cats - itchiness, dryness, stinky-ness, and how allergic the humans were to the animals. Even if you don't feed a tip-top of the line food, there are more inexpensive options out there that are much better than things like Science Diet or Eukanuba, etc.
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He's been on nutro all natural dog food 1/3 mix with ground pork and rice.
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