Cooper only gets bathed for his allergies...vet wanted to try medicated shampoo instead of more antibiotics, which is GREAT by me....Labs in general I don't think need much bathing...unless they get into stuff of course.....our Husky was groomed every 3 months....
The Seeing Eye discourages bathing our dogs unless they get into a mess or are coming out of a season. That makes the decision easy for me. Hank hasn't had a bath in over a year. He does go swimming but I haven't noticed an odor about him. My 15 year old lab mutt I am afraid to put in the bathtub as she is pretty fragile. JD
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they also have those wipes that can help too. I have to go somewhere to wash my dog and sometimes it's so cold I don't want to take him out b/c he will freeze. I've bought those wipes and they worked for the time being until it was warm enough to take him to get cleaned.
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Cold tail, dead tail...whatever you want to call it is usually found with retrievers and setters. The main thing to remember when bathing them is dry that area till it is bone dry. I too have a hand held shower head that works well in the tub.
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We usually will bathe our dogs in the fall when it's still warm outside and then we don't bathe them in the winter because it takes too long for them to dry and it gets too cold here. I've never heard of dead tail or cold tail before. How can they retrieve in the cold water if this happens? We usually bathe the dogs outside in a plastic swimming pool.
I have an attachment in my shower like CARRYLM. It works great especially for getting the shampoo out of their thick coats. I usually only give my dogs one bath during the winter months after most of the shedding is done and they are good to go after that. Do make sure though to dry the ears out with a cotton ball afterwards or if you have it also use some sort of drying ear cleaner. Labs sometimes have a tendency to get more ear infections or yeast infections in their ears. I have a dog that has a tendency to get cold water tail also but she can even get it in the dead of summer from warmer water. It is hard to watch them when they have that.
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I hardly ever bathe my dogs. I've read that Labs have the special coats and shouldn't be bathed much anyway because it destroys the natural oils that make their coats water-repellant. Them swimming will usually take care of any smelliness (it really does work -- sometimes they smell better after swimming than when I DO give them a bath!).
When I do bathe them, I use the bathtub and my extendable shower head. They don't really like it, but it gets the job done. I took them to the groomer ONCE and Rita came home with deadtail. It was horrible - it bothered her for days. I'll never take them back to the groomer (and this was in the summer, no less!), I'll do it myself. But taking them to natural water sources like ponds tends to keep them clean.
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In cold weather my dh baths Toby in our bath tub. He is not a happy camper during the bath but is happy as can be afterwards. We also have the shower attachment that makes it so much easier to rinse all the soap out of his hair. Also, use a strainer in the drain or dog hair will clog it up.
Toby is our second lab and we have used a dog groomer with Rambo. I had a toy poodle and would take Malachi to be groomed every 4 weeks and in the winter would take Rambo too, as dh was working at that time too. Toby has been to the groomer twice but he did not like the groomer. Dh said it was just easier for him to wash Toby. lol
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I have an attachment on my shower that turns it into a hand held. It makes is a lot easier to get all the soap out. Just remember not to give in to those labs eyes. They try to fake you out and make you feel guilty when you are doing some to them that they really don't care for. Katie acts like I am killing her when she gets a bath. She droops her head and puts her tail down and acts pathetic. It just makes me laugh. Because as soon as we are done she is all happy again.
I also use baby shampoo around her face. It is really mild and if it accidently gets in their eyes it doesn't hurt. Plus I love the way it smells.
In the winter months I just bathe Abby in the tub. Just make sure to dry your furry one well. I use the hair dryer...especially around the rump and base of the tail. They have a tendency to get cold water tail, dead tail, droop tail, limp tail...whatever you want to call it. My girl had it once. It is painful for them but it goes away. Now I know to make sure she is nice and dry.
So most of you might think this is a funny question but I am going to ask it anyway. I just got my lab Tasha about a month ago and I don't know when the last time she had a bath was. I was told by the lady that she doesn't like the shower so she would take her to the lake and bath her that way. That to me is not a bath!!! She needs one desperately but I need to wait a couple weeks cause I just got her spayed last week. Anyone have any suggestions?? This is my first big dog and not real sure how to go about it without her getting irritated. Thanks
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