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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 06:42 AM
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Teddy hates bath time!
He grips on to me (really tightly - like we're trying to throw him in a fire!) when I'm trying to put him in the bath and starts whining if he is there for more than 2 minutes!

He seems to tolerate his bath at the vet's office (groomer) not sure if its because there are other dogs being washed too - or he is playing me for the cheer up treats he gets after his bath....... (I use the same water depth, same temperature and same shampoo as the vet)....
Or maybe some kind of gender bias??
The vet claims that he enjoys his bath... (we're not allowed in the room during grooming sessions so I can't be sure but have never heard him whine when being washed there).

Had another dog - when I was in high school who would hear the word bath and get so excited. He would even whine if you forgot to wash any part of him (like an ear or paw) or if you didn't get enough soap on him - he would even move the ear towards you or lift his unwashed paw as he whines so that you know what you missed out!
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Teddy hates bath time!

Had another dog - when I was in high school who would hear the word bath and get so excited. He would even whine if you forgot to wash any part of him (like an ear or paw) or if you didn't get enough soap on him - he would even move the ear towards you or lift his unwashed paw as he whines so that you know what you missed out!
That's funny about your other dog! We had a dog once that if you even said the word "bath" you had to drag her out from under the bed!
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Can anyone recommend a dry shampoo for my smelly girl?
Vet says not to bathe often but she smells to bad to come inside and sit on my rugs!
Pinterest suggests a mixture of cornstarch, baking soda and essential oil...???
I want something I can use every two/three days.
Ava likes to roll in the wet dirt and leaves?!
Please help me
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Can anyone recommend a dry shampoo for my smelly girl?
Vet says not to bathe often but she smells to bad to come inside and sit on my rugs!
Pinterest suggests a mixture of cornstarch, baking soda and essential oil...???
I want something I can use every two/three days.
Ava likes to roll in the wet dirt and leaves?!
Please help me
I use Pure Paws Starline no rinse shampoo for touch-ups because they get groomed every 3-4 weeks. Chris Christensen has a no rinse one that foams too. I use both, but the Pure Paws leaves a nice scent. Pure Paws H2O hydrating spray is great for brushing and it leaves them soft and smelling good too. Vetoquinol groom-aid spray is another one I like. I wish they could be groomed every week, but that would be too expensive. I'm afraid Scout would be a matted mess if I tried bathing him myself. 😧

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There is absolutely NO reason not to bathe your Havanese as often as you want, as long as you use a mild shampoo and conditioner combined (a good one is Chris Christensen Pro-Line Fair Advantage) or a mild shampoo followed by a good conditioner.

Our dogs do not have the oils in their coats that sporting and herding type dogs do, so there is no worry about stripping those oils from the coat. Their coats are actually much easier to maintain if they are kept nice and clean. My three get bathed about weekly. The puppy sometimes gets bathed a little more often, because she is blowing coat, the older to sometimes get stretched to about 10 days. Almost never longer than that, though.

If I need a no-rinse shampoo in between, I use Chris Christensen Self-Rinse. If they are relatively clean, but roll in something stinky, I wipe them down with Nature's Miracle Wipes
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I bathe Leo and Rex at least weekly. Sometimes more often if they get dirty. I use Chris Christensen Spectrum 10 shampoo and conditioner. Then for Leo I work a nickle size amount of Marc Anthony Arian oil into Leo's coat before I dry him. Both of the dogs have beautiful skin and coats.


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I use Chris Christiansen Pro-Line Self Rinse Plus in between baths.
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Does everyone use a blow dryer? Is it ok to towel & air dry? Do you comb when wet or dry? I'll be keeping Bowie in a puppy cut...
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Lola hates her weekly bath. I currently use a people dryer set on low to dry her coat. I'll probably upgrade to a dog dryer though as it's taking too long to finish the beauty routine.
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Mayzie had a medicated dip of some sort at the vet Friday, and the vet said that bath would have stripped her of the oils necessary to hold the Revolution oil he is giving her for her mange, so I had to return with her 3 days later, which was today. So this morning I drove all 3 of my dogs to the vet to get them all checked for heartworm (I don't use any monthly meds) so that we could give them Revolution - Mayzie's to treat the little mites, and Coco and Porky to protect them from contagion. We didn't apply it at the vet's, just brought it home.

Well, Mayzie gets very carsick, and she barfed all over her crate. She hates baths so much, and she looks so darn pitiful that I sighed, stripped down, held her, and walked into the shower with her. I didn't even use shampoo for this bath (so it would be safe to apply the Revolution when she was dry), just rinsed all the yucky wetness off of her. We had been applying a tea tree oil ointment for itching, and that came off in a yucky wetness too. I didn't even brush her out (she's missing so much hair that it isn't a big deal) or blow dry her. Just towel dried her and let her run around our bathroom while I went back into the shower and lathered up twice.

I sure hope she doesn't think she's getting personally accompanied into her baths in the future!


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