by GK1 on 14 October 2020 - 09:10
I have a 36 thousand gallon tub, with rubber duckie.
by Hundmutter on 14 October 2020 - 09:10
by GK1 on 14 October 2020 - 14:10
by ValK on 14 October 2020 - 17:10
How in the world did you get him/her to hold still for the pic?
i don't know. it wasn't me who took that pic.
from his look seems like he know that he did something bad. i was told he did big mess.
by GSCat on 14 October 2020 - 21:10
Hundmutter on 14 October 2020 - 03:10
GSCat, whaddya mean you too 'if necessary' - I've always thought it was compulsory to get soaked whenever I wash a dog, no matter what set up I'm using, heh,heh !!
Seriously, of course I wouldn't hose him down outside in winter. He does not get many baths in any case, he isn't a Showdog and being older he does not get into many scrapes that make him dirty. If pressed and it became essential on a cold day, I guess I'd put him in my own shower.
I do miss the proper built-in dog showers where I used to work ...
Usually, I just need to towel myself off after the dog bath. Sometimes, though, depending on how dirty the dog was, or why, I have to rinse or even wash the mud, etc. off me, too, before toweling off. Even city dogs can get really, really dirty in a moment.
. . . and a Siberian husky might decide to participate in Polar Bear Plunge [aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!]
I prefer to bathe dogs at least once a week since mine always live(d) inside with people and cat(s).
by mrdarcy on 15 October 2020 - 04:10
by Hundmutter on 15 October 2020 - 08:10
It's interesting, this thing about how often you need to bathe dogs.
I was always raised to believe that you didn't keep on bathing them, particularly not dogs that worked outside, because too frequent bathing depletes the natural oils in their coats and therefore reduces weather protection. Talking mostly, but not exclusively, about GSDs here. Show exhibitors were often disparaged for giving their dogs a bath before each Show. As a society we have gradually become more fussy about the interiors of our homes, and I feel that has influenced the frequency with which 'we've' decided dogs need to be shampooed. Obviously if a dog rolls in something smelly or gets muddy, if it lives indoors, most people will want to wash it, but I can't help wondering whether the dogs get any advantage out of humans wish to bath them on any regular basis. After all, they rely on smells much more than we do, and bathing must interfere with that.
Perhaps I feel less strongly about the need to keep bathing mine (even though he lives in) because these days I have the good fortune to live in a rural location where the air is fairly clean. I kinda felt the same about my housedog while I still lived in London, though.
by Rik on 15 October 2020 - 10:10
at shows where water outlets were limited, there would be lines waiting their turn.
usually the blow out was timed to be as close to ring time as possible. and then there were some who had to allocate extra time for henna or tea bag application.
I don't think anyone ever considered if it was good or not, just what was good for that day.
by Hired Dog on 15 October 2020 - 11:10
Rik, I have watched my wife at shows and the day before a show and I can tell you, its crazy how much stuff they do to their dogs before they go on the ring...there is no way I could ever deal with that.
What drives her crazy is the fact that none of my dogs I have had would ever stand on a table that long or accept all that treatment. My puppy will stand on the table and deal with the bath, hose and all and will also stand there, not happily, but will stand and get the big industrial blow dryer that my wife owns and can double as a leaf blower or snow remover....I am happy with his patience, but, he also wants to get it done with so he can run around and be a puppy.
by GSCat on 15 October 2020 - 19:10
Furminating and brushing brings the oils out. Good for the skin and makes the fur shiny and lay nicely, and the dog likes it. The cat loved the Furmintor even more better than the dog does. This dog does not tolerate the blow dryer or the dryer to put the dog inside of, so many, many, many, many, many large towels (that she wants to/insists on play with). This dog absolutely adores her baths and we have a good time together, so she does get something out of her baths (other than getting cleaned up). I use PetSmart Top Paw Oatmeal Baking Soda shampoo, so gentle on skin and doesn't dry out or irritate, even with frequent bathing. And no foo-foo smell.
When I took my dog to the show (the one and only time I did so), I remember bathing her the night (day?) prior and having to clean her up again the morning of, because she was in heat and bleeding heavily. It was her first heat so she hadn't learned to keep herself clean. It was also her first show and my first show, so a lot of learning that day. Also a lot of learning before, courtesy of the nice people on this forum :-) (thanks, again, to all of you) Big girl panties were a lifesaver during transport and at the show until it was our turn for the ring. Fortunately, she thinks wearing them is a special treat (all in the presentation, especially first few times).