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I have bathed my dogs and their coats never look nice as when they are groomed. I always watch because we have a home groomer. She spends a lot of time brushing and combing them completely out before bathing. Seems I always miss some areas because she always finds mats. They get bathed in a big sink with a sprayer. After bathing she applies conditioner and then combs it through the coat. I think that helps to distribute the conditioner on the coat evenly. They always turn out soft and shiny when she is finished.
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We use two tubs in the dog sink. It's a six foot long sink that was originally for developing photographs. On one end are the two tubs-one for shampoo, and one for conditioner. The dog is taken out of the shampoo tub, rinsed off, and then put in the conditioner tub.

In the puppy sink, there is only one tub for shampoo, and Pam pours the conditioner over after rinsing.

One is never bathed until completely brushed out, and that tested with a comb. After brushing, you should be able to run a comb through it, all the way down to the skin.
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We use two tubs in the dog sink. It's a six foot long sink that was originally for developing photographs. On one end are the two tubs-one for shampoo, and one for conditioner. The dog is taken out of the shampoo tub, rinsed off, and then put in the conditioner tub.
What a smart setup!

How do you make room for such a long sink?

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It was planned in the Dog Room. The Dog Room is 16 x 24, and was planned in the addition on our house that allowed part for a Master Bedroom Suite, but mostly for the dogs. Outside the dogroom is a 16 x 42 foot covered patio, so they can go outside when the weather is bad.

There are pictures on the Photo Gallery page on our website, including the sink. The Puppy Sink is a modified laundry tub sink, that's raised so Pam can lay her hands flat in the bottom without bending over. That is in the Puppy Room, which is directly behind the Living area in our house. No pictures of that anywhere that I know of, but there are some floating around somewhere.

The picture of the sink there only shows one tub. Since that was taken, the grate on legs for rinsing has been moved over to the left end, and two larger tubs in the right end.
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What a smart setup!

How do you make room for such a long sink?
They have THE best dog room! That comes from years of experience! LOL!

OTOH, when we had our kitchen remodeled, I was smart(er) too... to the bemusement of our builder. He took me to the pumbing supply place, and I wouldn’t even LOOK at kitchen sinks that weren’t big enough to be swimming pools for Havanese, and I INSISTED on a pull-out, spray nozzle! LOL! I couldn’t have cared less about fancy copper, or farm house fronts... gimme a BIG, DEEP Havanese swimming pool! LOL!


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I walked through a few houses in the “parade” this summer, the new construction showcase for local builders, and quite a few of the houses had these beautiful, elaborately tiled dog sinks - out in the garage! I thought, maybe these garages are all better insulated than mine?? I am glad Havanese are small enough that there are many options to accommodate bath time!
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It was planned in the Dog Room. The Dog Room is 16 x 24, and was planned in the addition on our house that allowed part for a Master Bedroom Suite, but mostly for the dogs. Outside the dogroom is a 16 x 42 foot covered patio, so they can go outside when the weather is bad.

There are pictures on the Photo Gallery page on our website, including the sink. The Puppy Sink is a modified laundry tub sink, that's raised so Pam can lay her hands flat in the bottom without bending over. That is in the Puppy Room, which is directly behind the Living area in our house. No pictures of that anywhere that I know of, but there are some floating around somewhere.

The picture of the sink there only shows one tub. Since that was taken, the grate on legs for rinsing has been moved over to the left end, and two larger tubs in the right end.
Great dog room and dream property! So beautiful!

The restoration/construction on the house is incredible!
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That old house is not on our place. That's what I do for a living. I just put those pictures there a long time ago, before I built a website.

Here's my website: www.historichousepreservation.com I have been too busy to work on the website in a couple of years, and it's accumulated a bunch of formatting errors. Some pictures are out of place, and whole blocks of text have been misplaced, overlapped, or chopped up. It will give you some idea though.
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That old house is not on our place. That's what I do for a living. I just put those pictures there a long time ago, before I built a website.

Here's my website: www.historichousepreservation.com I have been too busy to work on the website in a couple of years, and it's accumulated a bunch of formatting errors. Some pictures are out of place, and whole blocks of text have been misplaced, overlapped, or chopped up. It will give you some idea though.
I love reading about it! My favorite is the pine floors. I still have a pine dresser with fantastic handmade drawers from my childhood. i refinished it when I got married and later painted it to match my daughter’s room but just for aesthetic reasons, it stayed in great shape. It dents here and there but they’re soft, beautiful kind of dents. I always thought it was so strange that so many people dislike working with pine because I love it so much. I finally realized a couple of years ago, it’s a completely different pine!

The work you do is really beautiful!
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I discovered Isle of Dogs shampoo and conditioner for my cottony show coat HAV at a confirmation show. It’s pricey but tremendously cuts down on the matting. I’ve used it for 5 years because nothing else works. I use Isle of Dogs Jasmine Vanilla conditioner after bathing with their shampoo. I leave it on for 3 minutes before rinsing. If the matting is severe I don’t completely rinse it out. Hope this helps. Bathing them with some other brand of shampoo doesn’t work because these two are formulated to be used together.
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