|Barked: Tue Dec 6, '05 1:01pm PST |
|Sabrina usually gets a bath/shower with soap and everything every week. She doesn't need to be brushed ever because she has a very short coat (we have a brush, but it's useless to use it). We, too, are allergic to animals so that is part of the reason for frequent washing. The other reason is I don't want anyone to be able to tell that Sabrina is in the room unless they've seen her, so I'm paranonid about her smell.
My sister has a (non-SD) golden retriever and they run for 1-2 hrs a day probably 5 days of the week. He gets a bath every week as well, plus he gets brushed with a slicker brush every day, an undercoat hair remover thing about once a month.
People often tell me I groom Sabrina too much (and tell my sis the same thing), however usually they find out the grooming routine because they ask how we get their coats so soft and shiny. When we say good food, fish oil and baths once a week people usually look at us like we're nuts.
Anyway, the brushing sounds just fine. If you wash with shampoo every week you should make sure you're using a gentler shampoo, though, because most dog shampoos are designed to strip the coat of all oils so the between bath freshness lasts longer (assuming the dog gets a bath twice a year or whatever). We like Buddy Wash shampoo and separate conditioner a lot. Also the 8-in-1 oatmeal shampoo for sensitive skin is nice. My sister uses a shampoo for dogs with red/golden coats, can't remember the brand.
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