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cold comfort farm

Shampoo for a working dog.

Hi,
We have two dogs a springer and a pointer.  The Springer only has to look outside and she is dirty.  
We have just invested in a dog washing wet room and shower room for dirty me after we have been out and played in the mud.

My question is what shampoo do you use on your WORKING dogs.  I need a shampoo that gets the dogs clean whilst maintaining their natural oils.  Currently and for the past 4 years they have just been hosed down, however now we have nice warm water I dont mind washing them more.

They are out most days in the mud so washing with shampoo maybe every few days.
Border

Re: Shampoo for a working dog.

cold comfort farm wrote:

My question is what shampoo do you use on your WORKING dogs.  I need a shampoo that gets the dogs clean whilst maintaining their natural oils.  Currently and for the past 4 years they have just been hosed down, however now we have nice warm water I dont mind washing them more.

They are out most days in the mud so washing with shampoo maybe every few days.


I also have working dogs and if I bath them, I use a baby shampoo.

My dogs only have a bath using shampoo about twice year, as they are swimming in a river or lake most days. So I feel hand washing them is not  
necessary

If you are going to bath your dogs regularly, then try and avoid getting shampoo in your dogs ears, this can lead to an infection.  

Make sure you rinse all the shampoo off as any residual shampoo will make the dog itchy and uncomfortable.
Carnach

With mine it's usually a dip in the sea to get the mud off, a rinse in the burn to get the salt off and then a dry towel in the back of the car and the heater on full.  Dogs all dry and clean when we get home but you have to remember to wash the dog towels.  I very rarely use shampoo on the dogs and if I do it is whatever I have bought for me - but only a tiny bit and not on the head.
cold comfort farm

Thanks

We live on a farm so the dogs come in muddy most days when its winter.  I shower them off and thought a bit of shampoo would help.  
I have been told although the baby shampoo is mild it also get rid of the coat oils.

Thanks for your advice
conundrum

As a pro groomer I would try not to bathe them too often. If I do my own workers, then I use a fabulous shampoo from Eqyys called Microtek, it is officially a horse shampoo and bdooly expensive, but it will not strip the skin and is very calming. Other than that I would use tea tree oil shampoo, very good for dogs and again, keeps the skin in good fettle. I would not use a human shampoo ever as even the baby shampoos are completely different and will strip natural skin defenses.  If you just want to hose 'em down, you can use baby wipes or dog wipes on their coats, saves a bath and they are good at keeping them shiny and smelling good...well....better....lolol.
cold comfort farm

Thanks

Thats brill advice  thanks.
Border

Re: Shampoo for a working dog.

cold comfort farm wrote:

They are out most days in the mud so washing with shampoo maybe every few days.


Still not sure why you would want to wash your dogs every few days.

Living on a farm your dogs must have access to straw they can roll in and keep themselves dry and clean, plus a hose Down once in a while.

As for baby shampoo using it a couple a times a year will not harm your dog, but if you think it will, go for animal shampoo as Conundrum says.
cold comfort farm

dog washing

She is a springer and clipped short however muck clings to her like metal to a magnet.  Hosing her doesn't seem to get it all off hence a little shampoo.

My GSP runs in the same mud and i can wipe him with a face cloth and he comes clean.  

At the moment everywhere on the farm seems to be mud so from the barn to the house ....mud.  

I appreciate the advice though
sod

Working dog, wash   thats what troughs are for shampoo   "yeah right" they would think they was sissys as carnach said rub down with towel. I find it easy to know if you forget to wash towels as next timeyou open ute door they jump out  
conundrum

Cold Comfort Farm, you will find if the springer is clipped, that more dirt will cling to her, as her natural guard hairs that help ( a bit even in a farm dog) have been taken off, so she will also get dirty to the skin. clipped dogs can also hold smells more than dogs with their natural coat as the undercoat is softer and does not repel as well as guard hairs.
lilwitedogs

conundrum wrote:
Cold Comfort Farm, you will find if the springer is clipped, that more dirt will cling to her, as her natural guard hairs that help ( a bit even in a farm dog) have been taken off, so she will also get dirty to the skin. clipped dogs can also hold smells more than dogs with their natural coat as the undercoat is softer and does not repel as well as guard hairs.



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