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Bathing DIRTY DOG! :-)

We're at the lake for a few weeks. Ordinarily Murphy is a desert dog down in Phoenix and doesn't get very dirty. Baths every couple of weeks are enough. Murphy really likes it in Minnesota (at least his first summer experience)!

My wife, not thinking it through to it's logical conclusion, took him for a walk down by the lake, where it was wet, AND freshly mowed. DIRTY DOG!

Groomer gave us some courtesy shampoo (a gallon pre-mixed, very gentle I think). My wife dumped him straight into the sink and started rinsing before I could brush him out, but that's OK. With the washing, rinsing, brushing, combing and dog dryer, he was pretty much cleaned up in fairly short order. (Vacuuming the grass clippings from laundry room afterwards is a different story!)

Anyway, assuming he'll be DIRTY DOG! again, probably several times, this summer, and I know you gotta do what you gotta do, how do I make sure I don't wash him to the point that his skin gets dried out?

What should I be doing to help his skin from getting dried out in the first place?

Thanks for your kind advice!
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As long as it's a gentle shampoo, you can wash him as often as you want. It's like people. We wash every day too. It doesn't hurt us. Just don't use something harsh that strips oils from the coat.
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As long as it's a gentle shampoo, you can wash him as often as you want. It's like people. We wash every day too. It doesn't hurt us. Just don't use something harsh that strips oils from the coat.
I agree with Karen. Ricky is generally bathed ONCE A WEEK, year round, here in the Palm Springs area. Why? Because that's the way Momi wants it! The key is using a very mild, good quality shampoo.

Interestingly, my personal physician does not recommend that his patients bath everyday because of the harsh chemicals in most commercial soaps. Yes, he says to wash the sanitary areas every day with a wash cloth (a clean one each day) but "bathing" is only necessary a couple of times a week. Yes, I do shower every day but I generally use soap sparingly only in the necessary areas. YMMV.

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What should I be doing to help his skin from getting dried out in the first place?
A good conditioner is essential! We use Chris Christiansen Spectrum 10 for Ricky at every bath. We let it soak in for a few minutes before rinsing out. We NEVER dry brush Ricky's coat in between baths. We ALWAYS spritz his coat with my own formulation of distilled water, "Spectrum 10" conditioner, and "Ice On Ice" brushing aid (both available on Amazon, etc.). Five to ten minutes of brushing each day and we are done!

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I think climate also makes a difference. Since it isnít really dry there I think youíll be okay, and if you notice a problem you can address it. Itís really dry where I live so if I have to give a bath more than once a week I usually use a heavier conditioner the second time, but thatís partly because there are usually more tangles if he needs a bath because he was rolling in the dirt!
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Rickys PopiÖÖ.LIke this idea!! And it will smell so grand...... I have a wonderful 80z. plastic spray bottle waiting to be filled with good things! And I already use the Spectrum10 and Ice on Ice when I bathe him. Can you advise me on the amount of each ingredient to mix together to make the spray? Do they mix well with the distilled water when together "shaken or stirred" :smile2) I Want to give it a try before brushing my guy...think it will be good for his coat and help with a bit of static he gets after his bath and drying....
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Raining here today, but remarkably and in spite of multiple rolls on the lawn, Murphy has stayed relatively clean for the last few days. As long as I relax about slightly dirty little paws that I wash with a cloth, only the one bath has been required :-) I, too, would enjoy seeing your "secret sauce" ratios for brushing solution of Spectrum 10, IonI and water!
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As long as it's a gentle shampoo, you can wash him as often as you want.
What are people using for a VERY gentle shampoo? Something that won't irritate the skin and remove oils from the coat.

(EDIT) Nevermind, I found several threads with good recommendations for shampoos. I am thinking of trying BioSilk (not to be confused with BioGroom). Has anyone tried that one?

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I really like the Ice on Ice shampoo and conditioner. I think itís the dry climate where I live because sometimes Spectrum 10 leaves him a little dry, even though itís the best I have found so far. Isle of Dogs is pretty gentle and comparable to Spectrum 10 but it ends up being like 10 times the price of Spectrum 10 because it isnít concentrated. One bottle lasted maybe 8 baths. I think the Ice and Ice also might end up being a lot more expensive than Spectrum 10. The instructions donít say that it can be diluted like Spectrum 10. I didnít dilute it when I gave him a bath with it the first time and it was amazing. He had a few mats from a harness and when I worked in the conditioner I could practically feel the mats slipping out as I rinsed. DH gave him a bath with it the other day and he diluted it, and afterwards he sort of smelled like dirty dog mixed with shampoo. DH gave him another bath (diluted again) and it did the trick, but that tangled him up. I just donít think it dilutes well. But it might be we just need to find the right ratio. Next bath I want to try using the Ice on Ice shampoo with Spectrum 10 conditioner. I like it enough that I will definitely keep using it but Iíll probably reserve it for when he he has more tangles or rotate it with Spectrum 10 to justify the cost.
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What are people using for a VERY gentle shampoo? Something that won't irritate the skin and remove oils from the coat.

(EDIT) Nevermind, I found several threads with good recommendations for shampoos. I am thinking of trying BioSilk (not to be confused with BioGroom). Has anyone tried that one?

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I use Biosilk for humans occasionally on my Hav itís awesome. Iíve been meaning to try the Biosilk for dogs, itís actually one of the last ones on my shampoo/conditioner list. I think Iím down to that and Pure Paws. Of course, I have a much longer list of sprays and such, so Iím sure Iíll still be experimenting for many years to come!
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I don’t know what ratios other people use when making their own sprays, but lately I start with a base of Ice on Ice mixed according to instructions. I only add a tiny drop of conditioner unless it isn’t concentrated. Then I tend to mix in whatever sprays I have on hand that I want to use up, as long as they are compatible. Right now I’m using a mix of Ice on Ice with a dash of Precious Drops, a little more than a dash of Isle of Dogs (odor neutralizing I bought for after daycare but smells WAY too strong to use undiluted), and a tiny drop of human conditioner, one with Argan oil that DD didn’t like but smells amazing. The biggest problem I have is remembering what I mixed in when I find something that I really like!

That’s what I use for everyday brushing/combing. For mats, I use Ice on Ice Ultra. It’s amazing, and I don’t even get the full benefit because my Hav is terrified of aerosol and I had to spray it into a separate mini bottle.

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