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On the Grooming of Mesquite

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?

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I don't bathe my dogs very often - the exception to that is when I have a dog showing. Generally, I bathe about once a season..... so maybe 4 times a year. I have a dog bath set up in my basement, so it's pretty easy to do. I use a very mild dog shampoo, and only work it in in the direction the hair grows. The real key is to keep the water room temperature - warm water opens up the pores and they you get dandruff big time. Rinsing WAY beyond what you think is needed is also key. Even my show dogs don't get bathed that often. In between, I wipe them down with a damp cloth if needed.
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I bathe my doberman around 3ish times a year. He is very clean, not the type to play in the mud, never smells "like a dog", and is very low shed. About once or twice a month I use a zoom groom (made by Kong), then a grooming stone ("slick n easy grooming block" from my local feed store, labelled for horses but works well on dogs too) on him to get any dead fur or dirt out. I try to dremel nails once a week (but tend to forget so it usually ends up being more like every 2 weeks, haha). I'd probably use the same routine if I had a greyhound

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Short coated single coated dogs, like greyhounds and Dobermans don't need a lot of bathing. My routine is a lot like Mary Jo's. My show dogs get bathed before a show or a circuit. Other that than they might get bathed a couple of times a year.

Occasionally I have a pigpen type dog who seems to get into stuff--icky stuff--they then get bathed more often--usually after they've done something like falling into the Columbia Slew--and then they bathed outdoors with a hose and so what if it's cold.

My dogs don't smell (or if they do I look carefully to see if they a developing some sort of skin infection.)

Your routine for the greyhounds would work for a Doberman--similar coats and all.

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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?

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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.

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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!
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Here in farm country - we are a little different - there is dust in the air - even in the winter time - even frozen ground will blow - then add in the spring and planting = big time dust - then as summer goes on - there is all the pollen floating around - Then the dogs go out in the lot and roll around in it , then track it in .

So right or wrong - in season - they get a bath once a month .

As Fitz said : warm water opens up the pores and they you get dandruff big time. VERY true statement ! Remember that one !

Now if you need some experience ---- Kadin is due for his bath - maybe tomorrow This would be great training for yeah - about mid-way threw - he needs to try and get out and ends up jumping into my arms and I'm just as wet as him
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