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dog shampoo

I now have two dobies and no back yard grass anymore due to their running and playing. I am OK with that however with all of that dust and dirt I am looking for a good regular shampoo. Something I can use once or twice a month. I do wipe both of them daily with a non-scented wipe nhowever when I pet them my hand comes away filthy. Thanks
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This was recommended by Hoss's Dermatologist a few years ago......
Great astringent for their skin is 1 part vinegar ...3 parts water ..........
Water pup down with hose to get the big stuff off and rinse feet...etc............then have milk jug ready with water/vinegar mix and just pour over their backs. It can even be half and half mix if that's better for ya.......
They smell like a salad for a few minutes ...then it all neutralizes to present a fresh smelling pup.
Hoss likes the water/vinegar mix in the milk jug a little on the warm side.......he loves it as a follow up to the cool hose down.........ahhhhhhhhh.....fresh pups!!!!
Old pitchers work good also for pouring your vinegar mix .........

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For a really dirty dog, I use Chubbs bars. For a stinky dog that doesn't seem to be terribly dirty, I use any regular oatmeal shampoo. In both cases I follow with conditioner.

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I like Lady Di's dermatologists solution. I don't actually bathe my dogs often (even when I had several and the back yard (the dog yard was mostly bare dirt in the summer and bare mud most of the winter) the dogs that were being shown in conformation got bathes before every show or every circuit and for them I used a very watered down oatmeal shampoo. Only the fawn ever got a leave in conditioner--the composition of dilute hair is much more porous than that of the red or black dogs.

But they all got that vinegar and water rinse when they did get bathed. Takes out residual shampoo and is great for skin and hair (keeps the pH where is should be) and is a good deodorizer.

Try using just water on a towel instead of wipes--they contains chemicals which sometimes on a dog coat will cause dust and dirt to stick--water will actually remove it.

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Since Spock has doing Therapy Dog visits starting in October, Pet Partners procedures requires a dog bath before each visit. Since he does Read With Me (RWM) visits in our local elementary school each week, bathing him every week was just not possible or recommended for Dobes. Instead I chamois him down each week before his RWM visits using these chamois purchased on Amazon:

Dobe Chamois
https://amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AY3X0/

CedarSuds Pet Shampoo- We Like Honeysuckle
https://www.cedarcide.com/product/ce...s-pet-shampoo/


I use a couple spots of CedarSuds Honeysuckle shampoo on a warmed wet chamois and wipe the Dobe down all over, in front powder room. (less traumatic than walk in shower) I also clean all four paws good, as well. I keep rinsing chamois in running hot water and it's just warm when when wiping the Dobe. After first "wash", I then wipe down with a clean water chamois, rinsing frequently.

Both Spock and Eva are used to this type of chamois "cat bath" in front powder room. (don't tell them that's the name of it!) I just did with Eva this morning before Vet visit and she smells wonderful when I bury my nose into her soft neck fur, not overpowering, just fresh and odor free!

For a heavier chamois bath, I take dog into walk in shower in Master bath and use (2) 5-gal. buckets of tepid water, one for soap and one rinse. In this case one chamois for wash and another for rinsing. Still much less water than a full shower hose down, my old method.


Cleaning a Doberman with a chamois is like wiping down an expensive sports car with a real chamois- both result in a sleek, shiny finish!
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Spocksdad,

I haven't had a dog in the conformation ring since Toad and he finished in 2007 or 2008 and even though he showed in Veterans a couple of times when he was 8 and 9--that's been nearly 5 years now. I used to carry a chamois as part of the show kit--used it for the final wipe downs before the dog went in the ring. I still use a chamois to dry a dog
I rinsed with a hose outside.

Chamois are great for single coated dogs like Dobes--thanks for the reminder Spocksdad.

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I don’t bathe my dogs often either, usually a dry brushing followed by a “dry shampoo” spray is enough to pull most of he surface dirt. However when I do I alike Tropiclean, it’s soap free and non drying so it’s very easy on the skin.
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