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Old 12-31-2012, 06:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for your reply. Her ears look fine inside, no smell inside either.

Her smell isn't a bad smell, exactly. Just what I would define as a doggy smell. However, I have never had a dog before, always indoor cats who have no smell at all. So maybe this is normal and I am just not used to it yet.

She eats ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley for puppies, and we reward her with Wellness treats for puppies. She doesn't get pee or poop on herself, but she does love to roll around on the ground in our backyard. Not in the area where she goes potty, though. She also does what I call 'dive bombs' in the backyard. She will charge one of her toys and slide on the ground on her tummy toward the toy and then bat it with her paws. (I think she picked up that behavior from watching my cat.)
You may want to check into a better food. Pro Plan is grain heavy, which can cause problems for boxers. Here's a link to find a good kibble (choose a 4-5 star food): Dry Dog Food Reviews | Dog Food Advisor. The better foods cost a little more, but you can usually (and should) feed less of it b/c they're more nutrient dense, so the cost difference ends up not being that great. I'd go with a grain free. Many people like Acana grain free, Fromm grain free, Earthborn grain free, Blue Buffalo Freedom (grain free), or Taste of the Wild (grain free). Whatever you decide to change to, do it very slowly, to avoid tummy upset (at least a couple of weeks), especially since you'll be switching to a richer food. As long as you choose an "all life stages" kibble, you don't have to feed a puppy food. Most of the dog food companies have store locators on their sites.
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Rowdy is only 1.5 years old and he's had a couple baths in his life. Honestly, I love love LOVE his natural smell. When he crawls under the covers with us at night, after about 5 minutes I lift the covers and enjoy! He smells like warm caramel corn. The smell comes from his feet and his muzzle.

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I bathe Jaxon and Belah at least every other week. I don't always use the same shampoo on them, I try to switch it up each bath. I have about 3-4 different shampoo's/conditioners I use. Also, inbetween baths I normally give them each a squirt or 2 of cologne (for dogs). I always make sure to use a conditioner for dogs (they have different ones to choose from). For their face, I try to keep the water from getting inside their ears so I normally just get a washcloth and wash their face and move their wrinkles. I also brush their teeth when they get baths LOL. This is what works for us...maybe I am just lucky b/c Jaxon and Belah's skin doesn't dry out. But I don't like a smelly dog (esp. since they sleep with us)
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Rowdy is only 1.5 years old and he's had a couple baths in his life. Honestly, I love love LOVE his natural smell. When he crawls under the covers with us at night, after about 5 minutes I lift the covers and enjoy! He smells like warm caramel corn. The smell comes from his feet and his muzzle.

And that's how I get high. LOL
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I bathe my girls maybe 3 or 4 times a year. Maybe I'm immune but they don't smell bad to me unless they go in the rain. I love their natural smell though.


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You may want to check into a better food. Pro Plan is grain heavy, which can cause problems for boxers. Here's a link to find a good kibble (choose a 4-5 star food): Dry Dog Food Reviews | Dog Food Advisor. The better foods cost a little more, but you can usually (and should) feed less of it b/c they're more nutrient dense, so the cost difference ends up not being that great. I'd go with a grain free. Many people like Acana grain free, Fromm grain free, Earthborn grain free, Blue Buffalo Freedom (grain free), or Taste of the Wild (grain free). Whatever you decide to change to, do it very slowly, to avoid tummy upset (at least a couple of weeks), especially since you'll be switching to a richer food. As long as you choose an "all life stages" kibble, you don't have to feed a puppy food. Most of the dog food companies have store locators on their sites.
Thank you. I will check into the foods you mentioned.
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My girls get Blue Buffalo Freedom (grain free). I never had an issue with the other food they were on but knowing that boxers tend to have food allergies, I went ahead & changed them.
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I think there has been some good suggestions in this thread especially perhaps a better food.
Maybe some people are just sensitive to the natural doggy smell, like some of the others I like the natural scent of a dog.
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I read somewhere you shouldn't bath your boxer too much because of the natural oils they have.


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I haven't bathed Obi since July 4th when we went to the beach. Never felt a need to since he doesn't smell bad and he grooms himself like a cat at least once a day.
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