• Well today I noticed that Kiora needed a bath…despite her best grooming efforts she got quiet dirty playing in the backyard with Keoke. So into the bath she went...except for one or two escape attempts she did well and once I had toweled her off she jumped on my bed and groomed herself thouraghly...o.k my bed got a little wet...but no big deal. BUT when I opened the backdoor for Ananda...Off she went like a little rocket....running and rolling I the dirt in the backyard before I had a chance to even blink....:eek: As I type sher is lying undert the comp chair...just as dirty as she was before her bath....:rolleyes: Naughty puppy...I guess she didn't get the memo about being a clean breed,lol.:D

  • Your story made me laugh. B's are such characters!!!

  • I gave Cali a bath today and she does pretty good. She only tried to escape one time. I normally bathe Cali once every couple of weeks because she likes to roll around in the grass when I take her out and she gets dirty. At first I was bathing her every week, but I was told this is too much. How often to you bathe your Basenjis?

  • Abbey doesn't get a bath too often maybe every 3 or 4 months. She has very dry skin and gets dandruff. She never smells doggish. When she was little I used to love her baby smell.

  • Jazz gets a bath every couple of weeks in the summer because she is a dirt-wallower. Her whites look gray a good part of the time.
    In the winter I bathe her once a month or so.
    And always, the night before a show, of course.

    She HATES her bath, but behaves well enough. When she sees her towel come out of the cupboard, she makes a beeline for the back door, which is closed so there is no escape. Then she just hangs her head down in defeat.
    During the bath she walks back and forth a bit, but never tries to make a run for it.
    Immediately after her bath, it's time for the B500 inside and then outside.

    She is much easier to bathe than my big ol' hairy dog that tries to get away all the time from the bath. I wind up wet and sweaty every time! LOL

    I love the easy washability of the Basenji!

  • And they're dry in no time at all, almost no towel needed! If they do the B500 or as we call it our house Go Dog Go you don't need a towel at all.

  • I just spent 30 minutes brushing my long haired dog, and got a truckload of hair out. Could probably spend another 30 and get another truckload.

    Ya gotta love Basenjis!

  • Hi everyone! Many of you probably have tried these–but for some that don't know of this type of product I hope it helps.....I tend to use the "pet wipes" if my Basenji boy Gibby gets dirty. They are similar to "baby-wipes" but made from sources that won't irritate a dog's coat or contain chemicals/perfumes. Gibby just thinks he is getting attention or petted. If the mud/dirt is really fierce I use the "pet glove" which dislodges the dirt from his coat and then he cleans himself. Sometimes a bath is in order (they really can get very dirty and muddy) and the best part is the warmed towel to offset a B's dislike of water and make them reassured you're just trying to take care of them!

  • Everything you read about basenjis says they shed very little but that's not so. Abbey leaves hair everywhere. I had a Shi Tzu before her who lived to be 16. He had long hair and was a terrible shedder. I had to vacuum and sweep every day. I always said I had enough hair to make entire new doggies if I just had the inner workings.

  • Jazzy doesn't shed, per se.
    I mean, when we hold her, we do get dog hair on our clothes, and there is hair on her bedding, but that is to be expected.
    We do not find her hair on the floor, carpet, etc. as we do with our other dog {a shedding machine}.

    Usually I can just brush the dust from the yard off of her.

  • My B spends almost as long licking himself clean as I did giving him the bath!

  • I always keep the dog wipes on hand because I am somewhat fanatical about wiping Cali off everytime she comes in from outdoors. The wipes really come in handy between batheing.

  • Sandie is a mad cat…. she's in the corner of the sofa in the basenji tight lil ball and wont look at me... she just had her 3rd bath... her first was easy being she was so small 7 weeks.. her second well was a lil more challenging, but she wasnt mad afterwards... now at 13 weeks she just decided she is'nt gonna go for this... I took pictures which i think made her even more mad...cause i was laughing at her... think ill go give her lots of lovings...

  • Sahara is getting easier to bathe each time, she has had about 5 baths, she is 8 mos. old. B's do not have an odor like other dogs, and she keeps herself pretty clean, so I don't bathe her that often, just when I am having company like today or she looks a little dirty. She hates when I spray her after the bath with Puppy Cologne, it's baby powder scented, it is so clean smelling. She does her B-500 race and it is so funny, but she is so soft and smell good afterwards. I always give her a treat after the bath, and I tell her that she is a good girl for sitting in the tub while I wash her. Treats help with everything. haha!!!!!:D

  • I think bathing a cat was easier than bathing Zahra! LOL!

    I also believe that Zahra missed the memo that she is suppose to be clean because she gets really dirty at the dog park and it does not phase her one bit.

  • I only give Nosey a bath about 3 or 4 times a year. First, I must put on my Basenji bath time gear, (shorts and tank top). Then,I have to persuade him to come in to the bathroom with a treat. Then I hurry up and close the door. Then I have to pick him up and put him into the tub. Now, he will not let go of me. He hangs on to me for his dear life. I fill him with praises and fun time sounds the whole time. But, it never changes his mind about bath time. He just hates the water. But, manages to jump off of the boat and into the lake once every summer.

  • Candle used to scream (and I don't mean whine) when I would give her a bath. It is embarassing that her chart at the vet's offics has a big sticker on the front… "Bad with bath and nails". I have learned she hates being cold more than wet. So I put her in the shower with me, but I pre-warm the shower walls and floor. No shivering - no screaming.

  • Well this is a cute thread, I think all dogs will go out and roll in things, usually yucky things.:D I had my female for about 24 hrs, when she decided to roll on a dead thing.
    :eek: I took her inside ready to fight with her, and when we got in the bathroom, she jumped into the tub!:D
    Since then she is less reliable with geting in the tub, but does like to get in when I shower! ggg Carole

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