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Looking for a puppy shampoo that does not leave the skin dry and flaky! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Chubbs Bar, maybe? The real key though, it to use cool water, and rinse thoroughly. When you think you have all the shampoo out, rinse them again.

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I would not recommend bathing your puppy too often- that is generally what causes dry skin. Dobermans should not smell or get dirty, and a bath every 3-4 months is about all you have to do (I bathe only once or twice a year). You can rinse your dog off with regular tap water or wipe down between baths with a damp cloth or baby wipes. As for shampoo I like to use Isle of Dogs products (black on black) or eqyss miro tek.
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Exactly what GK said. My dogs get very few baths. I highly recommend reading the post I'm going to quote below about bathing Dobermans. It's for all of them, not just dilutes. It's important to use cool water, and to follow the directions for rinsing, etc. (from this thread here:

That said, the shampoo I prefer is also the Chubbs bars. They leave my dogs clean, they are easy to use (I love bar shampoo), and they don't dry my dogs out. They leave a nice scent. I've also used Espana Silk Whitening/Brightening, and that's a nice one. Their Waterless Shampoo is great for a quick clean up, if you need that.

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What is the medicated shampoo? Manufacturer? Some medicated shampoos work better than others--and if he wears a collar-what kind is it? If it's fabric it should be washed frequently. Some dogs react to the metal in metal collars (but they should be washed too) and if leather--it should be cleaned with saddle soap or any good leather cleaner regularly.

Sounds like it might be a low level staph infection as MeadowCat said. You really shouldn't need to bath him monthly to control the "bumps" (which really sound like staph).

Also when bathing don't scrub him--short haired, single coated dogs like Dobes are never that dirty--a soft sponge or a soft wash cloth--to apply the shampoo--don't rub back and forth--just massage the shampoo in the direction the hair lies--and rinse very well.

Use cooler rather than very warm water--the dog won't like it but his skin will and scrubbing at the coat and really warm water will open the hair follicles and sometimes that will cause a case of folliculitis (infection of the hair follicle)--which also can result in dandruff and dry looking skin.

A final rinse in cool water with vinegar added also will do two thing--it does a good job of making sure you've gotten all of the soap off of his skin and it's really good to provide the proper pH at skin level. Yes, he'll smell like a salad until he dries but once dry the Dobe as salad odor goes away. I use a mix of about a gallon of water to one or two cups of plain white vinegarl

Good luck--dilute dogs (blue and fawn) sometimes have more problems with skin issues that black and red dogs. My fawn dog didn't really but it's not uncommon.


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1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
Best Natural astringent ever and maintains a nice PH balance.

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I haven't changed the way I bathe dogs since I first got a set of directions (short form above) from a vet tech who got them at a seminar given by a vet dermatologist. She said his opening question at the seminar was "How many of you know how to bathe a dog." By the end of the seminar most of them agreed that they really didn't, when they came in, know how to bathe a dog.

Any mild shampoo will work--personally I like the horse lines (Eqyss) since show horses often get bathed daily when showing. The big trick is to not bathe frequently (when showing I bathe before every show weekend) and to use very cool water (I use cold and during the summer the dogs get their bathes outside on the sidewalk by the back door). and don't SCRUB the dog!.

I'll also add that rubbing stuff on the dogs skin and coat usually only results in something that will pick up dirt faster. Good skin condition and clean dogs if they are Dobes responds best to infrequent bathing and proper food.

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In almost 6 years, McCoy has never been bathed. Frequent walks in the rain take care of an occasional "shower" in the winter and spring. Other than that I (infrequently) hose him off with cool water and wipe him down with a clean white cotton towel.

No... I am not suggesting that Dobermans should NEVER be bathed. Still...It has always worked for him. He has a nice shiny coat and no skin issues. And he never stinks. He smells like a healthy dog, which is a smell I actually enjoy! LOL.

If he very gets a bit itchy due to seasonal stuff, which can happen, I spray him down with a dilute Aloe and Lidocaine mixture and dry him off. It works great.

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