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    yes, the fleas. That makes sense.
    I moved to Brisbane for 18 months. The fleas were something else!

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    Are dogs like us in if we have too many showers or baths we actually get too clean and this washes of our natural body oils.
    I have got cousin who was told to stop washing herself as she was doing more harm to her skin.
    And I have no idea if dogs are the same in this way.

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    Hi Rid,
    Yes it is true washing too much can remove the natural oils and their skin and their coat can dry out. You should not use human shampoo, soaps etc as well as dogs have a different ph level to us and it can also result in dry skin.

    When we first brought Ozzy home we bathed him in the laundry tub. He absolutely hated it and cried the entire time and tried to jump out. The result was 2 inches of water through out the laundry floor and water all over the walls.
    Now I use the spa bath. We fill it 1/4 of the way up and hook his lead over the spout. My daughter jumps in (standing not actually IN with him) and he actually enjoys the exprience and if he shakes the high sides catch all the water and there is no mess.
    We also have a DIY dog wash down the road at the car wash place. We will be using that for very dirty occasions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Im sitting here wondering.....

    why do people bath dogs?
    They dont bath in the wild.

    I dont mind the smell of dog, id prefer it to perfume or aftershave that stings my nose badly.

    I find brushing, which i have no choice over, is fine for my long haired GSD.

    A bath would be pointless, as he swims most days, its bad enough when ive spent an hour brushing his 'trousers' nicely, having to accept that he's ruined them with the first dunk. It would frustrate me further if i had thought he needed another bath!

    How do you decide you dog is not clean enough? as my dogs dont mind being dirty. And covered in dust is an excellent way to cool down for Bernie.
    I'm like you, I like the smell of my dog! In summer I take my dog for swims almost daily too. I'll also poor a bucket of water over her if she gets too hot at home.

    I only washed my old dog if she'd rolled into something nasty. Which unfortunately happened quite regularly in summer! Then I really had no choice at all. I actually always had environment-friendly dog shampoo in the car so I could wash her on the spot if possible. Nothing worse than having a dog who has rotting carp smell all over her in a hot car on the way home!!!

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    Thank for letting me know about the skin thing. I think I sorta had an idea it would be but I just wanted it to be comfirmed.
    Murhpy has had a shower so far I was in the cubical with him I was wearing shorts as I can't bend over so I was on my knee's in with him as I washed him.
    Did he like it? not for one minute but he got clean the the wife and grandies took him out to dry then I had a shower on my own.

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    I dont bath mine too often, just when they really need it (nothing to do with smell for me as I cant smell) and when I do, Pippi comes in the shower with one of us. Barney used to go in a showwer that had a detachable shower head but now he has a bath from the hose on hot days (he doesnt get bathed in winter as too cold)

    I cant bath him inside as he also goes crazy racing around and then rolling all over the floor and rubbing n walls etc LOl

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    8 week pup gets its first 'bath'
    There she is, quivering with excitement as her older brother has just lept passed her, into the river. She's nervous, it looks deep, she's not sure you can walk on this wet stuff?
    But big bro seems to be doing ok, so takes a leap, and splash and she's off, chasing his flowing tail in the water. But oh dear its deeper here and she cant touch the ground.
    No problem, just grab big bro's tail, and be pulled along.
    10 mins later, time to leave, clean, happy, and rolls in the dirt on the bank to dry off.

    Till next bath time.
    I was once asked what i bath my shepherd with as he has a glorious shiny coat.
    "other dogs" was my answer.

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