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Another pupdate...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I certainly don't blog about Klaus enough. Some of my favorite posts to look back on are the ones from right after I adopted Professor Stingray. Watching him grow in photos and reading all about his little quirks (almost all of which he still has!) is the best. I want to have posts like that to look back on about Klaus.

I'm an extremely visual person. It's more than likely that photos inspire me to write a post as opposed to writing a post and taking pictures specifically for it. Klaus is a ball of energy so pictures of him taken with something other than my iPhone are few and far between. But I'm now making it my mission to take more pictures of this pup and write more about him.
Where shall we start? Perhaps with the fact that he's tripled in size since the day he came home. At the emergency clinic on the first day he weighed a whopping 7lbs. As of the 13th of September he weighed 21.8lbs. I can tell he's gained since then too. In the last few weeks especially I've realized how large he's getting. It was like one day I woke up and he wasn't a puppy anymore. It's harder to pick him up now and forget carrying him around, that's definitely a thing of the past. That dog is solid!

Klaus facts :
He's lost most of his baby teeth, which I'm sad to report I didn't find any of!
He's gotten into the habit of rolling over on his back to show off his belly when you approach his crate to let him out. It's the funniest because he maintains eye contact and does it in super slow motion.
He still doesn't bark regularly which I couldn't be happier about. He's barked maybe a total of ten times.
He loves to be under things. When he was smaller it was all about being under the coffee table but now that he's way too big for that he's finding new things to be under. If you're sitting on the ground with your legs bent, you best believe he'll be under your legs. Every morning when I do my stretches he loves to run under me and lie down.
I recently got him his first tennis ball and that boy LOVES to run after it. Actually, he really just loves running. At least once a day he gets the zoomies, where he just goes nuts and races around the backyard.
He went to the beach for the first time this month. He was afraid of the waves but loved the abundance of sticks. I'm excited to take him back soon.
• He finally outgrew his first harness. I'm actually heading to the store to get him a new collar today. He's not wearing one right now and he looks hilariously naked. Hah!
There still haven't been any huge breakthroughs with the cats. They tolerate him a lot more than when he first came home but still no direct playing and definitely no cuddling yet. The cats no longer leave the room when Klaus comes trotting in. A few days ago I had Klaus out and was playing with him when I walked into the kitchen to spot Doctor Octopus laying down in Klaus' crate. Even if Klaus wasn't around, that still feels like a great step! Klaus normally thinks that Doctor Octopus is trying to play with him when he's swatting and hissing which is equal parts hilarious and sad. Poor guy just doesn't understand the cats are grumpy and don't want to wrestle with him.
It's been a blast so far. Having a puppy is great but I'd be lying if I said I was excited for him to grow up and calm down a bit. He can be a bit of a pain in the butt sometimes but I think we're making decent progress together. Soon I'd like to start him in some obedience classes.

On another note, does anyone have an recommendations for dog shampoo that actually leaves your dog smelling good? The biggest shock of having a dog is realizing they kind of smell horrible. Haha! Seriously though, I've tried a handful of shampoos already and within a day or two he's back to being a stinky dog. Having Klaus makes having four cats seem like super low maintenance, at least they can bathe themselves.
xoxo

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  1. I love anything from Vermont Soap Organics!

    My dads have a mini schnoodle (I'm more of a English Bull Terrier kind of gal) and I use this shampoo (http://shop.vermontsoap.com/Certified-Organic-Pet-Shampoo_p_34.html#.UkGQ0hxulxA) on him and he smells great afterward!

    Although, his fur is a bit more fluffy than Klaus, who appears to have a more wiry coat, so I'm not sure if the scent would linger as long. But either way, it's a great product! :)

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation!

      (I LOVE Bull Terriers! That's my dream dog!)

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    2. Mine too! I want one so badly!
      I would also like to rescue one, however, I recently learned that bullies aren't great with cats (I have a nine-year-old Siberian cat) unless they've been raised as puppies with the cats. Major life dilemma! :)

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  2. Yay for pupdates. Your pup is so adorable!

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  3. He's SUCH a cutie! Your list reminded me of my own dog, Enu. She still gets the zoomies, though she's an old lady (8). We finish bathing her with a leave-in conditioner, which helps with the smell and maintains her hair for longer :)

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  4. This pup-date made my day! I love Klaus! He reminds me so much of my puppy, Bizzy. She is a nut! My cats keep their distance from her, as well.

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  5. http://www.petco.com/product/15458/Petco-Oatmeal-Conditioning-Dog-Shampoo.aspx

    This is what we use on our dog, roughly once a week unless he gets nasty. I can vouch that it can even get rid of the smell of a week-old dead animal, should your dog choose to roll in it (ours made that choice. Ew.) I also suggest picking up doggie mouthwash for the same reason; it seems silly, but trust me when your dog's breath reeks of dead rabbit, you'll be glad for it. The oatmeal is conditioning and really good for short-haired coats, it shouldn't set off any allergic reactions if your puppy is prone to them, and it smells pretty good.

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    1. Hahah! Thanks for the recommendations. I'll be sure to get some dog mouthwash, it certainly couldn't hurt for when he inevitably gets into something gross!

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  6. Wow, he is really big, it is very clear on the last two pictures, he is still adorable though.

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  7. I have a poodle mix who gets very dry, itchy skin and a greasy coat if he doesn't get a bath every two weeks. I use Bobby Panter products (available at a lot of PetCo stores, but you can also order online or find it in more specialty all natural pet stores) http://www.bobbipanter.com/. One of her lines is completely all natural, and the other doesn't have stuff in it that concerns me too much (no salts, no fillers, tear free and safe to swallow). Plus, she's a local (I'm in Chicago) and I like supporting small businesses. Hope that helps!

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  8. Yeah dogs need way more attention, especially in their first year. He looks so adorable in those last pictures. Let me tell you, my dog is almost 3 and hes still as hyper as when he was a puppy. I mean now he hes just better trained and knows the routine.
    Get used to the dog smell! I know theres shampoo sprays out there that you spray on your hands and rub into your dogs fur. I've used those before and they work great, smell-wise. Don't remember any brands though.I don't think you're supposed to bathe your dog that much, so maybe a spray is what you're looking for?

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  9. Grain-free foods can make a big difference in the smell of your dog (and their poop!). For shampoo, try this stuff in between baths. He shouldn't need a bath more than once a week, but he's still a puppy so I'm sure he gets into things :).

    http://www.amazon.com/Tree-Sandalwood-Spice-Grooming-Spray/dp/B00AI5S2WA/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1380033073&sr=8-15&keywords=dog+shampoo+spray

    I actually use this for myself and it smells really nice!

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  10. He's so big!!! Oh my goodness where has the time gone! I totally get the whole wanting him to stay a puppy but to grow up and calm down at the same time. Boomer is 8 months old and still a bit of a mental case some days - it's exhausting.
    Oh and I've just got him 8in1 puppy shampoo - it smells like baby powder, I washed him last night and it smells great. I'll let you know how long it lasts. At least Klaus has short fur!
    Martina

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    1. Oh! That sounds nice, I love the smell of baby powder!

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  11. Hi! I've been reading your blog for a few years now (you inspired me to have color in my hair!) but never commented.

    My pup went from 15 lbs to 100 lbs in about 8 months, talk about growing! He's a Leonberger, so he's supposed to be that big, but man! We actually use a shampoo from a local nature store called Those Nature People, it's located in Frankenmuth, MI. It leaves my giant pup smelling good for DAYS, and he is outside alllll day when we're not home! :)

    Here's the link: http://www.thosenaturepeople.com/#!product/prd1/1153349101/maggie's-magnificent-dog-%26-cat-shampoo

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    1. Hah! I love big dogs! It's insane how quickly they grow.

      And shampoo that leaves him smelling good for days even when he plays hard outside sounds perfect, thanks! :)

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  12. When I had my dog I used Miracle Coat waterless shampoo/conditioner between water baths. I really only water bathed my dog once every couple weeks, since it can dry out their skin. It smells great and is super easy to use.

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    1. Never thought to try waterless shampoo! Thanks!

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  13. He's getting so big!!!! I totally know what you mean with looking to forward to him growing up and calming down. My cats are almost a year and a half old and they are still full of the kitten crazies! I'm excited for the days when they just sleep and cuddle most of the day. I really want to bring my houseplants back to my house.

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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    1. Cat crazies are the best though!! All mine still get the crazies and it's my favorite thing ever. They're hilarious.

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  14. Whenever I see a pupdate, in my head, I hear Robert Stack from Unsolved Mysteries saying, "Pupdate!" and then the creepy music playing, haha!

    Wow, though! He's gotten so big, so fast! Those ears are still hilarious too! I'm dying over that smiley second-to-last picture haha!

    Sorry you haven't found a shampoo that works for Klaus yet. I have a lab back home and I've just accepted that he'll always be the stinkiest thing ever.

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  15. Oh that last picture on the right is an absolute killer! What a cutie, it's so great that you're sharing him growing up, I love these updates :)

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  16. adorable pictures. i love when dogs have their ears perked up like that. mine has floppy ears but he can still perk them up! and i have a few shots of mine with his tongue sticking out. i love those captures! we use a medicated shampoo since ours has skin issues, but our favorite shop has some shampoos you might want to look into (olive green dog -- and we just happen to be hosting a giveaway with them right now). we also were able to find groupon deals at a nearby self bathing station for dogs and we usually go for the aloe wash. they also offer facials. ours got a blueberry one over the summer. :) hope you find the right type of shampoo!

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  17. AWW, what a sweetie. I'm glad you've made this new resolution, because I can't get enough of this little guy! I'm not able to recommend a shampoo, but I do know they sell 'puppy wipes' for in-between bath's. Maybe that would help?

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  18. Aww Klaus is so sweet. My husband and I just recently adopted a puppy from the animal shelter, and it's so fun watching him get bigger and play with our older dog (who we never got to watch grow up). Keeping track of his quirks is fun and I'm excited to see whether he will grow out of them or not.

    I'm not sure about shampoo that will make him smell better, but at Pet Co (and I'm sure other places) they have a baby powder spray that is for after and between baths. I'm sure it would be worth checking out to help with your problem.

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  19. Oatmeal shampoos are best for their skin and smell great, especially with another scent in the mix.

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  20. We use a dog shampoo called "Baby Dog" and it smells like baby powder. It's also gentle on the skin and coat. We got it at PetCo.

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  21. I realize this may be TMI as you only asked for a shampoo! But here is how I groom my big dogs and it really keeps them smelling good :)

    I always use Tropiclean shampoo which works really well. I originally bought it because my dog has sensitive skin so they told me to use a 'soap free' formula like Tropiclean. It is a little more expensive (maybe $12 a bottle) but you will realize that it lasts a LONG time. Even the tiniest dollop on your hand really suds up more so than the cheaper brands! That is what I would suggest.

    Also, maybe try a rubber brush during bath-time. Mine is called a 'rush brush' but there are so many different kinds and they are cheap. You use this during baths to both lather up the soap and brush away the loose hairs.

    We also use a shedding blade after baths to groom away additional loose hairs. These are also around 5 bucks at walmart. Really we just keep it on the back patio and brush them when they sunbathe because they love it.

    If all that doesn't work, try a grooming spray. I have something called Crazy Pet Pina Colada grooming spray and it smells so good. I've used it on my cat since I am unable to bathe him!

    Hope that helps! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Casey! That's super helpful. :)

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  22. Puppies are so STINKY! I don't understand people who claim to 'love' the smell of puppies - they smell like pee. Haha. You are only supposed to bathe your dog ideally once a month or less, but when they are puppies they tend to pee on themselves, roll in nasty things, etc. Make sure you get a puppy shampoo that has odor control, that will help with smell. I got mine at Petsmart. If you are bathing more frequently (hey, it happens - my own little miss stinky decided pooping in her kennel and rolling in it would be fun - what a lovely surprise) get a puppy conditioner and use that to help them not get dry skin and itchy from all the baths. Klaus is so handsome!!!

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  23. Klaus is such a handsome boy! I adore the last two photos so much. Particularly the one where he is sticking his tongue out! Being a puppy mom is nuts! I must admit I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I rescued Luna last December. She was 8 weeks old (I can't believe it's almost been a year) but every single moment, good or bad, is totally worth it. I love that you used the word "zoomies" to describe Klaus getting hyper. Luna gets those too. I wish they could play together! As far as puppy shampoo goes, I have only ever used Top Paw Puppy Shampoo http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3687703. It smells pretty good, but she only smells fresh for about a week. So, in between baths I use a Deodorizing waterless shampoo http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4307031&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo It definitely helps!. I have found if you spray too much it leaves a weird film on their fur, so i generally spray a little and then wipe her down with a damp towel. Good luck with Klaus and your kitty babies! I dig the animal posts by the way, well I dig all of your posts, but the animal posts are always fun. XO- Ash

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  24. Klaus is such a lovely doggie! So beautiful :D I just use babyshampoo on my dog, and that really smells nice all the time!

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  25. Baby shampoo! That is what we use on our dogs. It doesn't dry out their skin and doesn't burn their eyes if you get it in there. Plus, the smell sticks around for a while and its cheap!

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  26. One of my dogs is the stinkiest thing ever! Seriously! She used to start smelling bad about an hour after her bath but I've found a combination that keeps her from reeking - 2/3 Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Liquid Soap and 1/3 white vinegar. Shiny coat, great skin and smells good for days and days... :)

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    1. That's Klaus! The little jerk smells bad within hours. I'll definitely give that a shot! Thanks!!! :)

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  27. Hello! My pup is a pit mix and i use Bio-Groom Natural Oatmeal Shampoo. I've tried a lot of different kinds and this seems to be the best! It's also great for pups with sensitive to itchy skin which is common with most pits. Also Klaus is so stinking adorable, love your blog!!

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  28. Thats always been my feeling about cats. Better because they can clean themselves. And in my experience, no, there is no anti-dog smell shampoo... : (

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  29. I love all your animal update posts, and Klaus is so handsome! The photo of him sticking his tongue out is the cutest, and I'd love to be able to see him playing at the beach :) xx

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  30. I wish I had updates like this to look back on with my dogs! It made me smile reading this, as lots of things were the same for me...I'd say enjoy the whole "not barking" phase, because it probably won't last! ;) I had a very quiet puppy for a few months, but boy did he find his voice! Also, the showing off of the belly is the BEST! It cracks me up every time.
    Favorite dog shampoo is definitely Buddy Wash! They also have a spritzer called Buddy Splash, which you can just spray on when they get smelly, without the whole bath ordeal. I have it in Rosemary Mint, and it smells like a dream! Highly recommend.
    http://www.cloudstar.com/prodcat/buddy-splash.asp

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  31. Such a cutey pup. He has grown a lot, but is the most handsome thing.
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  32. I use Nature's Miracle Oatmeal shampoo, it smells great!

    It's so funny that your cat lays in his crate, because my cat (who doesn't "get along" with my dog) is OB_SESSED with laying in the dog's crate and bed!

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  33. I just want to hug him! He's so darn cute! Unfortunately, you kind of have to get used to his smell. It's probably not that he's dirty, just doggie...

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  34. I have a 100 pound Mastiff/Pitt mix, he actually looks a lot like your Klaus. He has a wiry short coat and is brindle colored. Murphy also smells pretty bad a lot. This is going to sound weird, but I use baking soda on him. I sprinkle it on him and leave it on for a few minutes. Either outside or in the tub because it makes a mess, then I brush it out, that is in between baths. For bath time I use something I get at Petco called Fresh and Clean, it has oatmeal and baking soda in it.

    Hope that helps, Klaus is a very handsome boy!

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  35. Hey,
    I worked at a pet store for years so I'm familiar with many dog shampoos (some work better than others) but more often than not we would recommend a change in diet to improve that doggy smell. I don't know what kind of food you use but one of the really good ones is Fromm. Also, if you shampoo them too often, the oils in their skin will overcompensate, which is what is causing the smell! Save the shampoo for when he rolls around on a dead fish at the beach :)

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  36. Aw he's such a handsome man, I don't have a great recommendation for shampoo although if its really bad your Vet could prescribe you a heavy duty one. However, when my pup smells the worst its usually more her breath than anything, I like to give her these mint chews that my local pet store sells. I don't know if yours will, but its worth a look. They're an absolute gem!!

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  37. I love this pupdate (though I do miss the bunny updates a whole lot!) and watching him grow!

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  38. First wash him in original blue dawn dish soap (that's a groomers trick)
    Then shampoo with a nice smelling one. My personal favorite is Fresh 'N Clean

    https://www.petedge.com/zpetedgemain/catalog/productDetail.jsf?firstRow=12&area=PMSF-01-01&sort=TA&wec-appid=PEDM_WEBSHOP_TR&page=72A214C22827430A9795247F1BF064D6&itemKey=005056A633791ED2B586429949F0CFB3&show=12&view=grid&wec-locale=en_US

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  39. I used to work at a doggy daycare, and when it was time for the pups to go home, some parents would request a waterless shampoo spray before putting their stinky dogs in the car. its just a leave in spray that comes in a squirt bottle. we spritz it on the dog's back, rub them down with a rag, and they go home smelling fresh. I've seen it at Petco and Petsmart...

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  40. Hi! I enjoy reading your animal posts, and your other updates too. Your Klaus is looking so grown up. We have a rat terrier, who is eleven years old now. I so miss those crazy runs in the yard & in the house. Treasure these years, they go by so fast. She didn't bark for the first year of her life, but she has more than made up for it since then. :) And I must be weird, but I love the smell of dogs. At least my dog, lol. She doesn't stink. I think it all comes down to the food they eat. Good in, good out! Love your blog!

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  41. My dog's shampoo is medicated but I'd recommend an Oatmeal scented shampoo, which is what we used before we had to get him his medicated shampoo. There's also leave-in conditioners and sprays you can use that leave them smelling great (well, as great as a dog can smell).

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  42. baby shampoo is great! and in between washes just use a bit of regular old bicarb soda to absorb any odour. sprinkle some over his coat and brush or massage it in. works a treat

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  43. You can get fragrant sprays and dry shampoos from pet stores that are totally safe to use (and they leave my sausage dog smelling of blueberries!)

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  44. We've got a basset hound and he definitely gets stinky. I really like Pet Head shampoo (http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=pet+head+dog+shampoo&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=7752763905&hvpos=1t2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=64707870130204709&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_9eruacdvu9_e) They've got some great scents and it seems to last longer than some of the others we've tried.

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  45. cute gentleman, looks bigger,
    hope you can find better shampoo

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  46. I second the Pethead recommendation. It's made by the people who make BedHead products for humans. And they're kind of pricey ($10-$15) but they are so worth it! They last a long time, leave them smelling like blueberry muffins, and super soft. Good luck, Klaus is the cutest. I wish we could all meet up at the dog park to play lol

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  47. I wash my dogs about twice a year and they never smell - although some dogs are stinkier - I'm looking at you labradors! greasy beasts. As a vet nurse I recommend less frequent washing anyway - you don't want to use anything soap based (like detergents) as this will strip the oils from the dogs coat and dry out their skin making then more suseptible to bacterial and fungul infections, particularly when they are young dogs adjusting to new pollens and allergens in their environments with decreased immunity. Too frequent washing will also decrease the efficiency of flea products which rely on the oil glands on the hairs to spread the product systemically. Anyhoo, thats enough talking about dog washing for now! hope the information helped.

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  48. A lot of people have mentioned food and they're right! Puppy's diet does affect how he smells. Also, there are spritzes made for dogs' coats, kind of like a perfume. I don't like to spray it directly on my dog, I spray it in my hands and rub it in his coat. But again, it really comes down to diet, perfumes in the shampoo only cover the smell. Slowly change up the foods and see if that helps, hopefully you should barely have to wash him in the future!

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