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Can someone please recommend the type of brush to be used on a dobe pup and adult. Seems to be a low maintenence breed, but I have to believe they should be bathed and or brushed?

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I use somthing similar but it is attached to a glove,dobes really do not need brushing as the coat is not that thick,i use the grooming glove and a coat shine and conditioner + the occasional bath(2 maybe 3 times a year unles one of them rolls in something yuccy! which has been known to happen)
baby wet wipes come in handy too.
 

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we sometimes use a brush that is a big rubble paddle glove...and it has the rubber teeth...
other times...we picked up this 3 buck brush at walmart that is boar bristles for a human...its small...but she loves it if we are brushing her just to pamper her. :)
 

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Dillon said:
Can someone please recommend the type of brush to be used on a dobe pup and adult. Seems to be a low maintenence breed, but I have to believe they should be bathed and or brushed?

Thanks
I never use a brush on my dobermans. If the dog is sunbleached, I'll run either a stripping knife (used to hand strip terriers) or a pumice stone over them a couple of times a week until the sunbleacned hair is gone. I also will rub one of those two items over them right before they're bathed.

But as far as bathing goes..it doesn't happen more than a couple of times a year if the dog isn't being shown. The most I'll do in between is rub them down with a damp towel.

The only doberman that gets bathed more often than that is the male who just won't LEARN about skunks!
 

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The only doberman that gets bathed more often than that is the male who just won't LEARN about skunks!
Or rolling in muck or on dead stuff!!what is it with dogs that see something like a dead bird and decide it is a good idea to roll over on it.

:soapbox: :emo2: :rant:
 

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Or rolling in muck or on dead stuff!!what is it with dogs that see something like a dead bird and decide it is a good idea to roll over on it.

:soapbox: :emo2: :rant:
I'll take a dog rolling on a dead bird ANYDAY over what my "Skunk Boy" does!
His all time record is getting sprayed 3 times in one day-he hadn't even dried off from the 2nd bath before he got sprayed the third time.
 

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I don't bathe often either except for the dog who is being shown--they get bathed just before each show weekend.

The other dogs get bathed two or three times a year with a very mild shampoo--mostly they don't get smelly (knock on wood, no one has found a dead bird in several years and although I've got raccoons around the area I don't have skunks) they are just dusty (this time of year) because they have succeeded in trashing the grass in the dog yard.

I use a small, natural bristle shoe shine brush (available at most of the big places like K-Mart, Wal-Mart ummmmm Fred Meyers (in this part of the world) IF I brush them but what I use a lot more is a terry cloth hand towel dampened and wrung out--I wipe them down with that.
 

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Stress will sometimes cause dandruff, LapDog but none of my dogs get dandruff from bathing.

The wife of a vet once posted a set of directions on how to properly bathe a dog. I had them somewhere but lost track of them and about three years ago when I went to work for a vet clinic one of our clients came back from the specialist (dermatologist/allergist) with instructions on how to bathe a dog (that particular dog was being bathed three times a week with special shampoos)--lo and behold it was my missing set of instuction.

I'll recap them here for you.

The first line is in big black letters and says "Most people bathe their dogs in water that is too HOT! Then it goes on to explain that warm water is too hot, tepid water doesn't mean luke warm--it means just barely off of cold.

The next point made is that you should never, ever scrub at a dog in a direction that is opposite the grain of the hair. That is the direction the hair lays--this is particularly true of short coated dogs like Dobes, Boxers, Dalmations and the like. Don't use your finger nails to work up a lather and scrub that into the coat. Doing things like that, combined with water that is too warm will generally cause folliculatis (irritation and sometimes infection of the hair follicles) which will generally give you a horrible case of dandruff.

Use a very mild shampoo unless your vet has recommended a medicated shampoo for a specific problem.

I've found that horse shampoos work really well on dogs--show horses are often bathed daily and their skins are sensative too. I like the Equyss products and have had good luck with them. You can find them in almost any tack shop, a lot of feed stores and in many dog supply catalogs.

The final point in the instructions is that the dog should be bathed with the shampoo diluted (generally I'm using about one ounce of shampoo to a quart of water) and it should be applied with a clean sponge or wash cloth. Wet the dog thoroughly and apply the shampoo in the direction the coat lays. Gently with your finger tips massage the shampoo into the coat.

Start rinsing--rinse twice as long as it took you to bathe the dog with shampoo. The second biggest factor in post bath dandruff is not rinsing ALL of the shampoo out of the coat.

As long as I stick to those directions and almost cold water for bathing with mild shampoos and rinsing thoroughly the dogs don't have dandruff after their baths.

Generally I don't bathe often but a dog going into the conformation ring really needs to be clean--I wouldn't want to be the judge to run their hands over one of my unbathed performance dogs--too dusty. They aren't really dirty--just dusty and when they walk into a conformation ring I want them to sparkle.
 

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Stress will sometimes cause dandruff, LapDog but none of my dogs get dandruff from bathing.

The wife of a vet once posted a set of directions on how to properly bathe a dog. I had them somewhere but lost track of them and about three years ago when I went to work for a vet clinic one of our clients came back from the specialist (dermatologist/allergist) with instructions on how to bathe a dog (that particular dog was being bathed three times a week with special shampoos)--lo and behold it was my missing set of instuction.

I'll recap them here for you.

The first line is in big black letters and says "Most people bathe their dogs in water that is too HOT! Then it goes on to explain that warm water is too hot, tepid water doesn't mean luke warm--it means just barely off of cold.

The next point made is that you should never, ever scrub at a dog in a direction that is opposite the grain of the hair. That is the direction the hair lays--this is particularly true of short coated dogs like Dobes, Boxers, Dalmations and the like. Don't use your finger nails to work up a lather and scrub that into the coat. Doing things like that, combined with water that is too warm will generally cause folliculatis (irritation and sometimes infection of the hair follicles) which will generally give you a horrible case of dandruff.

Use a very mild shampoo unless your vet has recommended a medicated shampoo for a specific problem.

I've found that horse shampoos work really well on dogs--show horses are often bathed daily and their skins are sensative too. I like the Equyss products and have had good luck with them. You can find them in almost any tack shop, a lot of feed stores and in many dog supply catalogs.

The final point in the instructions is that the dog should be bathed with the shampoo diluted (generally I'm using about one ounce of shampoo to a quart of water) and it should be applied with a clean sponge or wash cloth. Wet the dog thoroughly and apply the shampoo in the direction the coat lays. Gently with your finger tips massage the shampoo into the coat.

Start rinsing--rinse twice as long as it took you to bathe the dog with shampoo. The second biggest factor in post bath dandruff is not rinsing ALL of the shampoo out of the coat.

As long as I stick to those directions and almost cold water for bathing with mild shampoos and rinsing thoroughly the dogs don't have dandruff after their baths.

Generally I don't bathe often but a dog going into the conformation ring really needs to be clean--I wouldn't want to be the judge to run their hands over one of my unbathed performance dogs--too dusty. They aren't really dirty--just dusty and when they walk into a conformation ring I want them to sparkle.
I follow these directions to a T and have very little dandriff problems any more. Velma rarely gets a bath, but Louise gets one before a show weekend. I harden my heart and use cool water not warm :)

I brush seldom, but use a hound glove when I do.
 

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I never brush my dobies. They get wiped down when needed with wipes. For the most part they are clean, but Harmony loves to roll in the dirt and mud. So she gets hosed off more frequently. Bathes are a rare thing also. But I follow what Dobebug posted. I use a bath sponge on mine for the shampoo. It helps me to use less and be more gentle. They think they are in a spa.:)
 

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Thanx for the great advice, Dobebug. There is a good tack shop not far from when I live and will look for the horse shampoo there. I also spoke to someone who picked up a natural-bristle pony brush for her dog and his coat looked like a thoroughbred's. I am currently using the 'massage glove' type of brush mentioned above on Java, have used it since she was a pup, so it's no big deal to her when I bring it out to brush her.

Does anyone find that after their Dobe has been washed and towel dried that they suddenly get a burst of energy and have to race around the house?? (The Dobe, not the human....)

PS - How do you get skunk off a Dobe's coat? I think it's only a matter of time before Java has an unpleasant encounter with a critter...
 

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PS - How do you get skunk off a Dobe's coat? I think it's only a matter of time before Java has an unpleasant encounter with a critter...
ROFL..I don't claim expert status on many things, but yes..I have become an expert on de-skunking dogs!

There are a lot of old fashioned ideas...bathing the dog in tomato juice, etc. But I've found through hard core experience that there are two things that are the most effective.

The first is a premade product by Nature's Miracle..I believe it's called Skunk Odor Remover. You just pour it onto the dog. While you don't need to rinse it off, I generally do. I always keep *at least* two bottles of this stuff around, "just in case". If I use one, I go right out the next day and buy another bottle.

You can make an excellent de-skunker with:

1 qt. hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tbl. dishwashing liquid

After mixing the ingredients together, you wet the dog down with water, then pour this stuff on..let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it out. There is NO shelf life on this mixture, you can't store it..must be made fresh each time (evidently some weird chemical reaction occurs if you try to store it).
 

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Does anyone find that after their Dobe has been washed and towel dried that they suddenly get a burst of energy and have to race around the house?? (The Dobe, not the human....)
yes both duchess and coco get the zoomies...I heard it is cause they try to get their scent back on them? Is that true? I always close the door and let them run around in the big bedroom...b.c otherwise they are upstairs and they tend to zoom down the stairs alot and I dont like that so I make sure they cant till their zoomies are done.
 

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Mine get the zoomies also. They are rolling all over the place also. Harmony is usually at the backdoor wanting to go outside to roll though. She hates the smell of being clean.
 
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