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How often is too often to bath a dog?

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TheCunnyFunt Sun 27-Dec-15 22:49:58

We got a Border Terrier 4 weeks ago, she stinks of dog. The day we picked her up they gave her a quick dip which wasn't really effective tbh.

I bathed her on christmas eve because she rolled and was filthy. She stinks already. We're not used to stinky dogs! Our other dog is s greyhound and he doesn't smell at all!

We hoover almost daily now, use Shake N Vac on every other hoovering job and we hoover both the dog beds thoroughly. The BT's bed has been washed a couple of times (GH's bed is a waterproof cushion that just has a brief hose off occasionally) but it takes a while to dry so I think I need to get her something with a removable cover.

How else can we control the smell other than frequent bathing? (Although the bathing idea is appealing to me, the dog shampoo smells of baby powder! It's lovely.)

merrymouse Sun 27-Dec-15 22:51:03

diet can really affect dog smell.

PacificDogwod Sun 27-Dec-15 22:55:59

Does she just have a 'doggy' smell or a more nasty offensive stink? If so, I'd get her checked by the vet.

Our DHound (greyhound) has been with us for 8 months now and has never had a bath and does not smell at all (well, his farts could clear a room… hmm) which I realise is a breed characteristic, and as far as his Fear Of The Gardenhose goes, ANY bath is a bath too many grin

Sorry, not v helpful, but I'd get some veterinary advice if she is particularly stinky.

centurylooser Sun 27-Dec-15 23:03:26

Have you checked her ears? How old is she - could it be teeth? Or is it just the stinky puppy piss thing?

honeyroar Sun 27-Dec-15 23:04:31

We got a small terrier type dog in August. We have a couple of labs too. We have always had big dogs before. She does seem smellier. I put it down to her being lower to the ground. She avoids mud and bogs much more than the bigger two, so should smell less! She has a longer fluffier coat though. Don't bath too often, and I don't use scented products. She has an allergy and anyway i don't think it's right somehow.

We use fleece blankets on tip of the beds, it's easy to wash.

sweetkitty Sun 27-Dec-15 23:06:12

A woman I often walk with baths her lurcher every day! I know it's muddy just now but he's a shorthaired dog I think that's a bit excessive. I only bath mine if she rolls. There's doggy deodorant you can buy for the smell.

Floralnomad Sun 27-Dec-15 23:08:30

i would send her to a groomer and have her hand stripped and bathed regularly and then get some dog sprays to use in between if necessary , short hair definitely helps though .

ChipsandGuac Sun 27-Dec-15 23:09:10

I have a (lovely but rather bonkers) friend who bathes her dog every day too. It's a coton de toulier and she cleans it after the morning hike. That dog is not allowed to smell of dog. Ever!

Mrsmorton Sun 27-Dec-15 23:09:42

Our vet says once a year is excessive...

mudandmayhem01 Sun 27-Dec-15 23:14:09

Do dogs find it distressing if they smell of artificial scents? a dogs sense of smell is 100x stronger than ours and they use scent to mark territory and find out information about other dogs. I feel sorry for a dog that is bathed everyday. I also think most dog owners houses smell of dog but you just get used the smell of your own dog.

merrymouse Sun 27-Dec-15 23:14:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

merrymouse Sun 27-Dec-15 23:15:13

Wrong thread!

TheoriginalLEM Sun 27-Dec-15 23:17:03

fogs only need a bath if they have rolled in something offensive. is this a puppy? i wish they could bottle puppy smell

sweetkitty Sun 27-Dec-15 23:18:38

I totally agree I do know a few bonkers people who bath their dogs every day. The one with the lurcher says she washes his harness twice a day too!!! Our dog only gets washed if she stinks of eau de fox poo then she knows she has to do the walk of shame to the bathroom I find the smell of wet dog worse than doggy smell which I find quite nice (weirdly)

cranberryx Sun 27-Dec-15 23:21:38

I found that regular brushing can help with the smell, also once a month is about right IMO. I have Samoyeds and anymore than that can affect a dogs natural oils and cause irritation I have been told.

Some dogs just naturally have a more 'doggy smell' - I think it's very breed specific. My Sammies don't smell of dog, but my MIL's Tibetan spaniel really does!

TheoriginalLEM Sun 27-Dec-15 23:21:51

i love the wet dog smell too

TheCunnyFunt Sun 27-Dec-15 23:29:36

No she's not a puppy, she's 3-4yo. Her teeth aren't great but her smell is definitely dog smell.

TheCunnyFunt Sun 27-Dec-15 23:33:07

Daily? shock that can't be good for them surely? The only time my greyhound has a bath is the morning before I collect him from kennels. Last time they didn't have time to do him like they usually do and he absolutely stunk of dog. Stopped via the pet shop on the way home to buy shampoo and he got bathed in the garden with a tub of warm water and a cup grin

TheCunnyFunt Sun 27-Dec-15 23:33:28

That was back in August.

MackerelOfFact Sun 27-Dec-15 23:56:17

I think longer-haired dogs are pongier than short-haired breeds - I guess dirt, debris, oils, dead skin and other smelly things get trapped in their fur more easily. Plus they probably sweat more!

If your dog likes swimming, just a dip in a local lake, river or sea can freshen them up nicely, even if the water isn't that clean - once they're dry they smell much less doggy.

TheCunnyFunt Mon 28-Dec-15 00:08:09

Nothing like that round here. We have the river trent about 5 minutes walk away but 1, the currents are far too strong and very dangerous, and 2, she'd come out filthier than she went in grin

GissASquizz Mon 28-Dec-15 00:10:57

I bath the spaniel every 3 months or so. I bath the poodley thing approx once a week. The reason? We go on lots of muddle hikes. The spaniel loves to swim, so keeps himself fairly fresh by swimming in the lake. The poodley thing likes to roll in fox shit. And his woolly coat mutts up and holds the poo/mud/leaves. A good wash and a decent conditioner is the only way to let him be a dog.

mudandmayhem01 Mon 28-Dec-15 00:11:27

Dogs don't sweat,( well only through their paw pads) that's why they pant!

abetterhairbrushisneeded Mon 28-Dec-15 09:12:31

It depends on a lot of things. A new-to-you dog will have a smell you need to get used to. Diet is important. Different breeds need different things. We have spaniels and the recoomendation is for about 6 baths a year. We find ours smell every other month! Sometimes they either eat something rancid or roll about in something rancid. Sometimes ours get bad breath when they need to take a drink of water - their breath is always improved by a drink of water!

Noofly Mon 28-Dec-15 09:50:40

I take it that the anti-frequent bathing people don't own curly dogs who like to lie/run in the mud which then sticks to them and can't be brushed/rubbed off? grin

At this time of the year - well, actually at 99% of the year other than the odd dry summer day- our dog is in the bath every day. His afternoon walk is off lead through the fields and woods and he invariably ends up caked in mud right up his legs and on his belly.

I don't use shampoo, just rinse him clean and that gets rid of any smell without bothering his skin (he has allergies). When he has rolled in poo, I use ketchup.

Have you tried bathing her without using shampoo- I.e. is it her that's smelling or everything that she's picking up outside?

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