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    I bathed Troopa for the first time just the other day (he's 7.5 months old). We used the clam shell pool in the backyard, I added some hot water to it so it wasn't cold. I used a Purina brand shampoo just because that's what hubby picked up from the shops.

    Troopa didn't enjoy his bathtime at all but I managed to get the job done. I'll probably continue to do it about 6 monthly as he's pretty low maintenance eg. doesn't smell and is never dirty. Plus the fact I can't imagine going through the battle of it with him too often

    Here's a couple of pics:


    And the shake off:

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    I love Troopa!!!

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    A thought. If Troopa was not happy being bathed in the pool do you think this may restrict his use of it in summer to cool off?

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    troopa looks less then impressed lol, still looks gorgeous though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    A thought. If Troopa was not happy being bathed in the pool do you think this may restrict his use of it in summer to cool off?
    He was jumping in it an hour later before I had emptied it out, go figure lol. Think he just didn't like the fact I was trying to keep him in there.

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    I wash my dogs when they need it, so no set time, depends on how stinky they are!

    Small dogs I wash in my bath, the big dogs I wash in my hydrobath which was a surprise pressie from friends last year! Great for the newbies that aren't used to being bathed.

    Shampoo varies depending on the dog and it's coat condition - Fido's Everyday Shampoo, Aloveen or Malaseb. I very rarely use conditioner, (Aloveen)and then only on the fluffies for their ears and tail, this is rubbed sparingly on after the bath, leaves them nice and silky and easy to brush.

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    Von (can I call you that??) with the hydrobath thing... is it good for dogs that dont like being washed? In your post it makes it sound like that so Im abit confused

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    Lol yes Masha you can call me Von, it IS my name after all!

    Yep the hydrobath is great for dogs that don't like being bathed, it contains them if they jump around, much better than using my bath! However for a wee dog like Masha I'd use the bath or the laundry tub. Hmm let me find a post I made a while back about the best way to get them used to it......

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    Found it!


    Start off slow, first off by just putting him in the bath for a few seconds, no water, then take him out, then praise him. Do this a few times a day leaving it for a bit longer.

    Then have a washcloth or sponge and run it over his body, start with a dry one, graduate to one that is soaking wet and let a little water run over him.

    Once he's used to that you can then introduce a little water into the bottom of the bath, and gently pour a jug of water over his body - eventually you will work up to actually washing him!

    Slowly slowly, is the way to go.

    Also get a non-slip mat for the bath (if you don't already have one) as he may be getting freaked out by the slippery surface.

    And avoid washing his head, start from behind the ears and work back, if his face gets dirty use a washcloth to wipe away any dirt. If for some reason he REALLY needs his head washed (we've all had dogs roll in yukky stuff), ensure he doesnt get water in his ears by either putting a little cotton wool in them, or what I do is gently point the nose to the ground, and use my hand to pull the ears forward (so your palm is resting on the top of his head and your fingers and thumb are kind of behind the ears if that makes sense) so they are more or less flat to his skull, that way the back of the ears protects the ear canal as you pour water over his head.

    Also don't wash him TOO frequently as it will strip the natural oils from his skin and coat.

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    I've had dogs that I had to bath frequently (every few weeks) due to the fact they seemed to stink, and I've had dogs that were lucky to have a bath once a year, because they just never seemed to smell.

    Thankfully, Logan is a non-smeller, and I haven't bathed her once since I bought her. Lol. Told you she was sweet.

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