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Seems ours get kinda oily after 4 to 6 months so they get the shower treatment 2 to 3 times a year. We are flea free, from day one (7 and 8 years respectively now) which is amazing considering we got ours 'used' (both were rescue dogs) so we don't flea dip or anything. They only get shampooed when they get too oily, or when they rolled in something. So how often is it recommended to bathe our hounds, and what do you use? We have some citrus shampoo, with of all things, a Beagle on the front of the bottle (we didn't pick that brand for that reason, no seriously, we didn't!) but it claims no harsh chemicals. Sure makes them soft for a good month or so. And they smell like oranges for a good day or two too!
 

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Ours stay outside during the day and sleep with us each night. They get a bath 2 days before their flea treatment at the least and more (mostly spray offs) when it rains. We don't use any dog shampoos though, we use tearfree Sauve baby shampoo.

Yesterday we decided to give all the dogs baths outside. The Boxer was first and he always love to *spin his wheels* aka kick up dirt. Then Beagle Lillie had her bath and while we were washing Beagle Chloe, it was discovered that Beagle Lillie decided to roll in Boxer Phatham's dirt! So Beagle Lillie got 2 baths!
 

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Maggie gets a bath every other week...sometimes once a week if she needs it. I use AvoDerm Natural Puppy Shampoo, and I've not had any problem with dry skin from the frequent bathing.
 

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Chica generally gets a bath whenever she smells, is REALLY dirty, or is due to stay with friends if we are heading out on a trip. We use a generic store-brand dog shampoo.
 

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My Daisy was a rescue, and I know she had a bath right before I came to see her. It's been a year, and I've only given her a full bath once. She (thankfully) doesn't smell 'doggy', so I only need to wash her paws if she's been digging, which again, is thankfully rare.

It's kind of interesting to me, because I've never had a white dog, (Daisy is a red/white beagle, mostly white), and I'm amazed that she remains so white despite her forays in the back yard and occasional escapes into the neighborhood. I will say that her feet smell - but it's that funny frito smell. My last dog was a terrier mix, and she had frito feet too. I don't find that offensive, rather endearing really.


IMO, unless your dog has rolled in something nasty, or smells for some other reason, there's not a real need to give them a bath. If they were wild dogs and not pets, they wouldn't be out there in the fields taking showers and fighting over the fluffy towels
 

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Ours get baths every one or two months, or depending on how dirty they manage to get. Bones gave herself a Mountain Dew bath this weekend. At first we thought it was ok, since she and Spock were taking turns trying to lick it out of her fur, but her fur stiffened where the soda dried. We use a ginger-smelling shampoo and oatmeal-based conditioner - I forget the brand.
 

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homer gets bathed every 1-2 months in the warmer season depending on how stinky he is and usually right before the cold comes rolling in he gets one-then not until it gets warm outside since he stays inside alot more then.we rinse him outside with the house once a week and that helps with the smell alot so i don't have to fight with the shampoo all over him
 

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Ours get baths every 3 to 4 months or so or if they are smelly. They are indoor doggies and go out in the back yard to play several hours a day. They stay fairly nice smelling most of the time.
 

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Molly gets a bath when she starts to smell or goes from a tri color to just two colors (dirt brown and darker dirt brown.) Since it has been raining so much we have so much mud she is getting one maybe once or twice a month, when I can't stand it anymore.
 

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I've been bathing Fin every couple weeks, at first it was mostly because I want to get him used to it. He was extremely difficult at first, but now is much calmer in the tub. I'm better at it too. I only spray myself once or twice now. But now I have to because the dog park near my home is mostly dirt and he gets filthy there. Also, sometimes he likes to walk in circles and poop at the same time and will step right in it. YUCK!
 

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Chloe gets a bath about once a month, maybe month and half. If she gets stinky, but not dirty, I use baby wipes, if she just gets a little dirty, I rinse her off with water, no shampoo.
 

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Ours get a bath every few months. Too often can eventually cause skin issues.

With Duke, we usually take him to the groomers, since we have to have them clip his nails anyhow, and a full groom is only a few bucks more. We will probably do the same for Violet.

For the times they get into something smelly, I use baby wipes to freshen them up.

Daisy, I know exactly what you mean by the frito smell and all my animals seem to have had that foot smell, but, like you, I don't find it offensive.
 

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Tucker gets a bath whenever he gets too dirty or starts to smell like fish. We don't give him fish so I no idea why. This is usually every 2 to 3 months. We have an Oatmeal shampoo that is good for moistureizing(sp?). 2 weeks ago we actually took him to a groomer because his bathroom was being remodeled. (yes, he is the only one who uses the 2nd bath so we consider it his). The wife has a waterless shampoo that she uses for in between cleanings after he roolls in something. He looooves to roll in things. He thinks its Channel for Dogs.
 

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Lucky has the frito smell too. I don't mind it. I bathe Lucky about every other month or if he gets dirty playing in the yard. Lucky has really sensitive skin so I have to use a special shampoo with oatmeal stuff in it. He also has lotion if his skin gets too red from irritation. I try to give Lucky baths too much since his skin is so sensitive. But the silly dog just loves to get dirty.
 

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Jersey gets bathed as needed. Fortunately for us that's usually only every few months. Sometimes, even though she doesn't need one, I give her one just because it's been a while. She's mostly white and goes to day care twice a week so I'm amazed at how clean she stays with just brushings and baby wipes.
 

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The Bagel gets a bath about every other year although if all he has done is roll in a fresh cow pattie he may just get hosed off good in lieu of a complete bath. Having a stash of Baby Wipes for spot cleaning may preclude the needing of even that much bathing.
 

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Ours have never had a bath. They occasionally get wiped down if we think they have rolled. The beagles idea of perfume is different to ours, so we dont wish to embaress them!
 
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