Well... ..already know my answer from the other thread, and I hope this isn't misunderstood, but when I hear folks say that they won't let a retriever swim in a pond because they may stink after- I just don't get it.
I've run into pet owners who are mortified that I let my dogs swim, roll & generally act like dogs. Meanwhile their pristine dogs are like perfectly dressed boarding school kids who just want to play in the dirt like the other kids.
I keep a clean house, but these are duck dogs & I don't understand owning one if keeping the dog smelling pretty takes precedence over seeing the dog getting her done at a test or in training.
Now you know that you NEVER wash a Chessy :roll: :roll: :roll: They are suppose to SMELL :wink: :wink: :wink:
but in reality I only wash them if they roll in something dead. Other than that we only wash them off with a hose or they can wash off in the ponds when we are training. This goes for the ones I show too. No special treatment for them either.
I bathe them when they stink. That may be monthly or it may be 3 days in a row, depending on how many dead critters they have found.
As far as hurting their coat, use the right shampoo and it won't take anything out ... may even help. The show people may bathe every day they are showing, sometimes 4-5 times per week.
I was running my 2 mutts on a series of blinds a few days ago. The last blind of the afternoon was a 120 yd channel water blind. I knew the water level was low, but figured it was still swimable. Put the blind out, and went back to the truck to get the 1st dog, a 2 year old YELLOW LF.
Launched her/ water was barely swimable. 20 yds out she was lunging in a soupy black mud. 50 yds out, it was worse. By the end of the channel, it was 3 inches of water over a black, oily, very lose mud.
When that poor dog finished the blind, she looked like a BLACK lab. Absolutely covered from head to toe with a stinky/soupy black mix of gunk ! YUCK
Depends on the time of year for me. Right now EVERY training ground is under 6-12 inches of water. Most are pastures so can you say cattle septic tank? I hose them off with water only most days, but about once a week during the wet summer season they get a shampoo bath. In the fall through spring it is more like every month or so.
I only bathe mine before shows and not before every show. Both boys showing now are yellow and it's harder to get away with dirt. I like showing blacks because black hides more. Seems like the last 3 shows I've gone to it's rained heavily and my boys like to find every mud puddle in the yard before it's time to go. :wink: I usually rinse but hardly ever shampoo.
My 10 month old pup got his first bath in June and only because he was nasty. I wouldn't ask a judge to put his/her fingers in that. Yuck.
I rarely ever bathe my Chessies, only if they've rolled in something foul or sometimes when they've been kenneled away from home and get that "kennel funk" since they are house dogs. I don't even bother bathing before shows; Puffin just earned a best of Breed Sunday after an all day training session here at the farm Sat. She wallowed in the stall where I had the duck crates and I thought I might have to give her a bath but she was pretty clean after a few retrieves in the pond so I didn't bother.
On the way home from a training session, I generally swim my dogs in the lake (I live on a large island in a large lake and have water access via city street ends). If they are going in the show ring, they are bathed a few days before a show, but they spend most of their time as field dogs.
Not very often. Briezy had puppies in November of 2003 - she had a bath after that to get all the birth goop of off her. Since then, I think she has had a date with shampoo once. And her 2 pups that I kept - have never had a bath. Swimming in the summer and rolling in the snow in the winter - that's all it takes!!
I have never bathed my Eng. Springers. Although with the heat we've had they get hosed down daily or I take them for a swim. I have bathed my 4mo. old chessie once , dang crate training. The wife forgat to let her out. :x