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.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?
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.Murreydobe said:The only doberman that gets bathed more often than that is the male who just won't LEARN about skunks!
I'll take a dog rolling on a dead bird ANYDAY over what my "Skunk Boy" does!brumwolf said: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.
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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 warmdobebug said: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.
ROFL..I don't claim expert status on many things, but yes..I have become an expert on de-skunking dogs!JavasMom said: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...
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.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....)