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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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advise for sand and sea?

Hi All: We are actually finally going on vacation. leaving early saturday morning. We are going to be on a bay beach. Any thing I need to know about Havs and salt water?and any thoughts on how we should deal with their coats while we are gone? Last vacation was a fresh water lake and we weren't right on it so they did not go in everyday. This year the bay is feet from our door. I imagine I don't want to shampoo them everyday(both for them and for me) ...is rinsing in clean water enough? will the salt water be drying? What to do with the sand?

Hope to be able to post pictures either from there or when we return. Not sure if we will have internet or not.




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Missy, when we went to the Cape, K & S were in the water everyday. I rinsed them off so they wouldn't be too dirty when they got in bed with us. But, the night before we came home I gave them a real bath and I had to give them another one when we got home. They had sand in any mats that had formed.

You know what salt water does to your hair, it always feels icky and clings together. Well, it did that to their hair too. So a rinse would probably be a good idea. They matted a little I think because of the salt, but no too bad.


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Like Michele, I just rinse when I am letting the dogs go back in often.

When you decide to give a full bath, don't be surprised if it takes 2-3 shampoos to get all the sand out. The first time I let my Havs run on the beach, that was the worst part - multiple shampooing to remove it, but it's not really a big deal. You'll feel the sand in their coats.
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I have heard of dogs getting sand fleas???? Is that something to be concerned about or is that in different areas? Will frontline take care of that?


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Would it help to rinse them with water and a detangler every night? Or a creme rinse?

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Hi Missy,
Last year we took Casper to the beach we rinsed him off after each trip to the beach. He had soooo much fun on the beach it was worth it. The house we rented had a nice wash room.

This year with two of them in full coat, I hesitate going to the beach. Iam sure we will go to the beach though, sometime this year.

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it can be done...

the challenge is that they love to roll around in the sand when they are wet. Mine were dry by the time we got home...so into the tub they went.

They were sticky icky just like my hair. I used a lot of conditioner. I also diluted the shampoo quite a bit so it was easier to get out of that mess.

They love it so much and it does come out. But what I want to know is why they love to run in the ocean but not take a bath?

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Just have a great time!

One thing I had in the car that helped for mine is baby wipes. They were sniffing up and down the beach and had sand all over their noses. I wasn't able to wash them the first day but letting them dry and then using a pin brush really helped remove a lot of the sand.

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When we take the girls to the beach I bring a towel to cover the seats because I simply let them dry on the ride home and then comb the sand out. It always combs out easily and they've never seemed dirty after a romp in the sand. Now, if they happen to get into something icky on the beach that's a different story. Then they actually need a bath.

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drat. we don't have a video camera!!! perhaps by next years vacation.
geez. I am packing more for them than for us!!!!




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