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Old 12-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wondering how often members give their boxers baths. My Serena is 17 weeks old and now that she is getting bigger I noticed she is developing the 'doggy' smell. We use the dog wipes on her between baths, but have been bathing her every 2-3 weeks due to the doggy smell. I know that too frequent bathing can strip the oils from her skin but I don't like the doggy smell either.

Also, what is the best way to wash the head, face/muzzle? I'm afraid of getting the shampoo in her eyes, mouth ornose so all I really do is wipe off her head, face/muzzle with a warm damp washcloth. But that doesn't get rid of the doggy smell. Any suggestions?

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't bathed my girls since it's gotten so cold. Usually we do baths maybe 4 times a year unless they get into mud puddles. You don't want to bath them to much as it will dry out their skin.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One, I would check ur puppy's ears to see maybe its maybe an ear infection causing the smelliness. Also, twice now our boxer puppy has gotten an ear infection after baths. Two, what are you feeding? Sometimes the food makes them have a bad smell if its not a very high quality food. Really, if they are not getting pee or poop on themselves or rolling in things, they shouldn't be smelling, ESP if they have a bath every two weeks or so. Ours gets a bath about once a month and the only reason he smells is cause he pees on his stomach/ chest. I would also HIGHLY recc. Starting coconut oil as a supplement- check out the recent posts on here. You will want virgin or extra virgin, cold presses and unrefined and will want to start out slow- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp once daily. Eventually u can work up to 1 tsp per 10 lbs but it causes them to detox a bit so u have to go slow to start out.


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I rarely bath Maggie and Mongo - maybe 3 times a year, but they don't have a doggie smell. Only thing that smells a tad is their feet. Frito feet.

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Rosco has a yeast infection still ughhhh, just started on grainfree and it still hasn't gone away, I know I'm so impatient. But I bathe him usually once a month or even less especially during winter. He uses coconut oil shampoo and mane and tail conditioner (makes him super soft and shiny and thicker) lately Rosco has been biting his feet and itching his ears more than usual grrrr! Don't know what else to do that I haven't already done.


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lol Lynne Frito feet I always say that too!

I had Gouda 10.5 years and I can honestly say I only bathed her maybe 10 times except when she got skunked I took her in to be bathed. She didnt have a doggy smell and neither does Kippah except for the Frito feet
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One, I would check ur puppy's ears to see maybe its maybe an ear infection causing the smelliness. Also, twice now our boxer puppy has gotten an ear infection after baths. Two, what are you feeding? Sometimes the food makes them have a bad smell if its not a very high quality food. Really, if they are not getting pee or poop on themselves or rolling in things, they shouldn't be smelling, ESP if they have a bath every two weeks or so. Ours gets a bath about once a month and the only reason he smells is cause he pees on his stomach/ chest. I would also HIGHLY recc. Starting coconut oil as a supplement- check out the recent posts on here. You will want virgin or extra virgin, cold presses and unrefined and will want to start out slow- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp once daily. Eventually u can work up to 1 tsp per 10 lbs but it causes them to detox a bit so u have to go slow to start out.


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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.)
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Lol, Frito feet! She has that smell a bit on her paws. I use the dog wipes to clean them off.
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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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Old 12-31-2012, 02:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've given Bruno 2 baths since we got him at 8 week (he's 15 weeks now). The first time was right after we got him and I think the cheap food he came to us on was giving him the smell. Same thing a week before Christmas as he'd just finished his food transition. I don't see us giving him a bath for a while now. If I put my nose to him he smells "doggy" but not a bad doggy. Even after going out and getting wet in the rain it's not really a bad smell. Of course, I'm comparing him to my parents cocker. Wow, even after growing up with those I didn't realize it's apparently a cocker trait to smell (read it somewhere). Within a couple days after a bath she is making Bruno smell like a fresh summer breeze peeeeeewwwwww.
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