As I have mentioned before, my most recent dogsperience is with Greyhounds. They have one short coat of hair. They always smelled good, I never washed them. I would maybe every year or two take a dog wipey to them. Is that cool for dobies? Mesquite has a great coat, never sheds, very shiny, thoughts?
Thanks in advance,
TXDoc77- Our (2) Dobes are Pet Partner's therapy animals and per the PP Handlers guide, are supposed to get bathed before every visit! Since they both visit local elementary school weekly during school year, weekly full bathing is not practical or healthful for a Dobe.
So, for this frequent required "bathing", I give them a chamois (cat) baths. I use "The Absorber" Synthetic Chamois in guest bathroom, utilizing sink there (guests never know) and running water. https://amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AY3X0/
Initially, I fill sink with warm water and just a squirt of CedarCide pet shampoo because only a bit of solution gets transferred to hair via chamois. The skin doesn't really get wet. I apply some light shampoo solution with chamois, then rinse off with chamois using running water and finally dry with chamois. Works great and is fast, about 10-15 min total. Dobes just stand there still in small powder room, with nowhere to go, and don't shake cause minimal water solution is used.
I use Lilac scented baby wipes for a quick spruce ups (real cheap at grocery) and also to clean ears out during chamois baths. After Eva gets her "cat bath", I keep her baby gated off in office until visit departure. Mr. Spocko likes to wrestle with her when she's just been cleaned and put his slobber all over back of her neck!
This method has worked well for me for last two years of weekly therapy visits. Keeps our two Dobes clean, smelling good and shiny. DW also puts some coconut oil additive in dog food for coat. Spock Clean and Shiny- Ready To Go on Therapy Visit.
For a yearly full bath, we take the Dobes, one at a time, into master bath walk-in shower and use tepid water, as Fitzmar advised, for a full shampoo and good rinsedown, then dry. We had longer shower hose installed (w/vac breaker) when MBath renovated several years ago, just for purpose of bathing dogs!