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Old 05-09-2007, 05:03 PM   #1
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We have a 5 month old lab/hound cross. Wouldnt change him for the world but two enquiries
He is quite a smelly fella, is there anything we can/ should do ?,( he is bathed 2 weekly when the kids wont have him in the same room! !)
Any suggestions as to when he will get his adult teeth and stop chewing everything in sight.
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Hello and welcome the forum. Great to have you with us. I'd love to see pics of your pup. Hope you'll post some.

First thing I'd check is his diet & consider making a change. He's about at the age where he's going to start getting adult teeth soon, so you're about to cross over that bridge very soon.
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He is quite a smelly fella, is there anything we can/ should do ?,( he is bathed 2 weekly when the kids wont have him in the same room! !)
What you do about it depends on what is causing it. If he is rolling in something that smells nasty, then a bath is the right way to go. If he has BO then you may need to change his food. What has he been eating?

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Any suggestions as to when he will get his adult teeth and stop chewing everything in sight.

All adult teeth are in by 6-7 months. they NEVER stop chewing, so they need something like a toy or bone to channel their chewing energy. Is he chewing on something he shouldn't?
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I agree - for BO- what is he eating? If he is eating a food that has alot of undigested fat, this also could be attracting things to stick to the coat.. and an upset stomach can make the breath smell... 5 months old is awfully young for tooth problems or gum infections- but indigestion would make the breath smell.. And as far as chewing, they are more likely to chew more if the stomach feels upset. ..

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Old 05-10-2007, 05:51 AM   #5
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He is not rolling in smellies, he has that 'musty' smell long haired dogs have when they are wet, We feed him own brand puppy cans with Bakers complete dried food. and our leftovers. He also helps himself when possible.

The chewing thing worries me because although I ensure things are unplugged he is not averse to chewing electric leads, so any tips on stopping that would be gratefully received

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He is not rolling in smellies, he has that 'musty' smell long haired dogs have when they are wet, We feed him own brand puppy cans with Bakers complete dried food. and our leftovers. He also helps himself when possible.

The chewing thing worries me because although I ensure things are unplugged he is not averse to chewing electric leads, so any tips on stopping that would be gratefully received
Okay- as far as musty smell, I have noticed that usually means undigested fat in the diet. This is excreted in the coat, this of course traps the environment- pollen, dirt, etc. I would suggest a different food. Tell me- if you pet him, can you "roll" the dander - feeling like grime in your fingers? If you can, and the dog was bathed rather recently, thats what the problem is..

Second of all- bathing him so often is also going to make the hair follicals produce more oil as bathing strips the coat of oil. I know it will be rough at first, but really the dog should not be bathed more than once a month. And bathed more than that only if dirty. Also what shampoo are you using? Shampoos with conditioners built in makes the coat even more oily.

Chewing- especially with electrical cords- I never take chances and unplug whatever when I have a young dog. I had a recent scare with Zubin, and he is an adult.( http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.p...ght=electrical )While chewing can be puppy hood, usually high chewers I have found to have gas in their stomach, and the excess in chewing is the attempt to relieve this. Again- reason for switching food. Bil Jac is a good food for digestiable fat. ( I am afraid with the recent food scares, I cant really recommend anything else as an extruded kibble..) One of my dobes- I swear she would eat anything- walls, ate through a vari kennel.. lol.. I put her on Bil Jac and the chewing almost totally stopped.. Mostly because the Bil jac turns to mush and needs little stomach acid to digest. Now- I feed raw and find it easy to do. ( however- bil jac is a back up in case I loose power)

A good set chew toys- defined as his. Rubber bones, nyla bones, kongs etc. and of course- exercise- good long walks or play in the yard like fetch. Remember never exercise a dog at least before about an hour before or after feeding.

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I agree with everyones suggestions so far. Im sorry but the chewing doesnt ever stop lol! i have 3 labs (soon to be a 4th coming) and they loose there baby teeth and tend to chew quite a bit more because it feels good on their gums!
sorry to break it to ya...but its never gonna stop...probably EVER! lol
in a month or so...i'd recommend just stopping at a petco or petsmart, they have just regular bones with (sometimes) filling...like cheese, cheese and bacon peanut button...or there's even the bones that have tastie stuff baked on, which i use the most of, same as like a knee bone ect.
I'd wait until he's had some time to *hopefully* start getting some adult teeth but trust me, they work WONDERS!
my 3 love them...probably more then any rawhid or kong!
the smelly-ness, if you really dont want to change foods or you just dont seem to think it's foods...
I work at petco in the grooming dept. and i see alot of dogs...that are just bathed TOO much!
as Bmom said, dogs make natural oils and if you wash those oils away too often or they dont really get a chance to make new...your going to have a very smelly dog on your hands!
Also, are you using a towel to dry him off? or are you just letting him out of the tub to dry on his own?
Longer haired dogs def. needs this...use towels...more then one also! Use 2 or 3, short haired dogs, you can get away with just using one towel!
Only because they will get that musty smell if they arent dried off properly and then set to roam free in your house, they dont dry fast enough to NOT develop a musty smell!
use a towel and then take him outside and toss the ball around for a few minutes or take him for a short walk to get any excess off!
umm, i think thats all i have to contribute for now lol!
Good luck, cant wait to see pictures
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I just remembered also- I knew two dogs that had a odor to their coats, and it was mild skin allergies with mites. The mites had not advanced yet.. When was the last time the dog went to the vet?

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Skin feels clear and clean, only use shampoo (human) without conditioner. Last at vets for 2nd jab (14 wks). I dry him with a towel but not till dry then he runs round house soaking everyone and everything.He has a Kong and likes to fetch but he soon gets bored. Either of the petstores in N London?

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Skin feels clear and clean, only use shampoo (human) without conditioner.
That may be the problem. Human shampoo is formulated for humans, and dog shampoo is formulated for dogs. We have much tougher skin they they do (we HAVE to, since we don't have fur). http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=6648
If you must use a human shampoo on your dog, then I would recommend a baby shampoo, but try to get one for dogs that has the right pH for them.
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