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Post by Quietmind on Tue Jan 19 2016, 22:18

I've been reading through the forum regarding bathing and feeding and i've seen that when it comes to bathing some of you even do it 2-3 times/week maybe even more often (bathing the dogs ofcorse Smile ). And when it comes to treats and food there is a large variety.

In my country (Romania) anyone would tell you not to bath the dog too often. Most people would say to bath him 3 times/year....and only in worst case scenarios if he gets real dirty to do it. Otherwise just to wash his paws or maybe clean him up with wet tissues. Even vets would recommend this. And regarding treats and food breeders/vets would recommend only giving them dry dog food in most cases and if possible to give them that their entire life and the same one.

Luna is going to be 3 months old soon and she's never had a bath yet and only knows the taste of her doggy food (and some vitamin + some doggy treats).

Are these just Romanian myths or is there any truth to it?
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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by Kirstybarbs on Tue Jan 19 2016, 22:42

My Bonnie is 6 months old and has probably only had 4 baths so far. I find it makes her skin flaky so I try to just wipe her paws and legs and not bother with a full blown bath unless she is filthy.
With treats, intend to give her proper dog treats, but I will sometimes give her bits of meat, cheese and apple as a special treat.
I think in moderation it is fine.
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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by LizP on Wed Jan 20 2016, 08:43

I personally don't bathe dogs unless they've rolled in something. 4 baths for a 6 month old is a lot for me! Nola has had a few in her life as she used to be a dreadful roller, but I've not bathed either Millie or Chaos yet. Chaos does roll occasionally but I then just sponge that patch.

As for feeding, I believe in feeding high quality, either kibble or raw (I feed raw), and I do also think they do well with some variety. Provided the food you choose meets all their needs, I suppose there is no reason why you can't stick with one for their entire lives but it seems very regimented and unnecessary to say they have to.


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Post by Mia05 on Wed Jan 20 2016, 10:40

I cant bathe mia at all as she cant climb if she gets bad ill give her a wipe down I vary mias treats but never change her food as it upsets her stomach


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Post by Mistys Mum on Wed Jan 20 2016, 11:39

I have had Misty nearly a year now and we have never bathed her. What we do is once in a while we put a no rinse dog shampoo spay on her ( this was needed when we first got her as she had bad dandruff and was quite pongy!). If she gets wet paws then we towel her down but have never needed to wash her.



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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by stella on Wed Jan 20 2016, 19:17

sash only gets a bath once or twice a year and that is if she is really muddy or she had found her favourite fox's poo and rolled in it sick as for her food a good kibble with sardines or a bit of good wet food mixed in,treats are normally after she has eaten her dinner Smile


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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by Rachel33 on Wed Jan 20 2016, 19:46

The only time that I could really think somebody would bath a dog that regularly would be for prescribed shampoos/skin treatments. Bug gets a bath a few times per year, mainly it she's really grubby or rolled in something gross.


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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by Jenc on Wed Jan 20 2016, 19:50

Katy is only bathed if she rolls in fox poo, rinsed in the shower (just water) if really muddy but usually just towelled off. As for treats I like to vary them for her but nothing unhealthy Big Grin


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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by Elise-R on Wed Jan 20 2016, 21:02

I only bath Milo when he starts getting smelly (he loves to play in dirty pond water) or when he's really, really muddy. So a bath every 3-4 months works for us which makes it about 3 a year. I heard you're not supposed to bath dogs that much as it strips their coat of its natural oils so dries it out.

With feeding you don't necessarily have to stick to the same food for the dogs whole life! Feed a good quality kibble (grain free is usually best) or raw, if i had the money to raw feed I really would, it's probably the best diet for dogs Smile
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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by Quietmind on Wed Jan 20 2016, 21:23

An old thread on the forum got me confused.....but i guess the bath thing is not a myth. I'll be waiting for her to get real messy in roder to give her a good bath Smile

Any tips on cleaning her ears and maybe getting read of smelly mouth? Smile
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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by lexii on Wed Jan 20 2016, 21:59

Can you point out the ones who wash 2-3 times a week cause i want to have a word with them. My dog gets a bath about twice a year!
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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by Kirstybarbs on Thu Jan 21 2016, 14:53

When you say bathing, do you mean just with water? That's all I use on my pup, hence the 4 in 6 months which apparently is too much!
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Re: Bathing and feeding Myths or Truth

Post by Peter Stafford on Sun Jan 24 2016, 19:31

Until now, Kiki only had two baths and only because she was smelly and pretty muddy. And stepped in her own
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