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Old 02-03-2013, 10:36 AM
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Merlin parties at the store just about everyday.. which is a combination of crazy fun and other dogs slobering and muddy paws + snow outside. So he is usually kind of a mess at the days end.

He usually gets a bath every weekday/sunday evening before we go home.
Is it too much?

I mean emotionally lol he likes baths/blowdryers, so that's not the issue. I just worry that it might be bad for his coat. He is super soft and smells good obviously lol but don't want to mess up his floof.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:39 AM
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Are you using shampoo every time? If you are, I'd see if you can get away with just rinsing him down if he's not toooo gross
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:41 AM
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I imagine like human hair you have to accept you'll also be washing the natural oils out of his coat. I don't know whether that will be a big issue though...

Bodhi is never bathed and is the least smelly of the dogs. But that is WHY Fred is bathed more regularly. Can't say there is a huge difference in their coats, but they're short coated.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:41 AM
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I'd use gentle very diluted shampoo (or no shampoo when possible) and just keep an eye on him. If it's gets to be too much then back off a bit but as long as he's handling your bathing schedule there's really no reason to change it.

He has a puppy coat now so the way his coat deals with the bathing may change as his adult coat comes in.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:48 AM
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What if you try conditioner washing him? Lather him up, let it sit, then rinse it out. It works great as a gentle cleanser for human hair!

Also, use silicone free conditioner, or you'll create build up. Suave Naturals coconut is silicone free and cheap as dirt. Smells nice too!
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:40 PM
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I would say yes, I very very rarely bathe my aussies and they are little pig pens

I find giving them a really good brushing, or blowing them out with my metro air force blower definitely does the trick

Mine usually get a bath probably 4 times a year, each season, unless of course they are REALLY nasty..''

Jynx, has much more coat than Jag, and blowing her out looks like she just had a bath
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use a conditioner every time, that should help
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:47 PM
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What type of shampoo are you using?

Do you do a full bath? I'm not sure if bathing like this could be bad for a non water breed dog, since water dogs have the special anti water grease in the coat.
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Should be fine but use a conditioner.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:08 PM
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What about just wiping him down with those cleansing cloths made for dogs when he's not terribly dirty? I would be worried about drying out his skin with bathing everyday.
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