BiBi has had 4 baths this week. One on sunday, tuesday, thursday, and last night. She gets so filthy, she literally turns grey and her mouth is like a factory - dirt goes in, mud comes out. I wish someone would invent a scotch guard for dogs. Bibi purposely goes outside and rolls in the dirt. I've tried brushing the dirt out, tickling her ears so that she shakes, and even those "instant bath" washcloths (which only makes it worse!). It's becoming a real pain in the butt to have to wash her all the time.
Syrus, on the other hand, refuses to get dirty. He will lay down on the porch or the sidewalk, but never in the dirt or even grass. When Bibi walks up to him with mud pouring out of her mouth, he avoids her!
Oh if there was a trick to this, trust me I'd be in on it. Having an eskie around that loves mud and dirt is a handful. The day I bring her back from the groomers, I take pictures because I know that in about fifteen minutes, when she needs to go potty, I will not see this white pup again. She digs, then rolls in the hole she created and then she kicks at the dirt to make sure the world has known that this is her backyard. *sigh* I think all white dogs rebel against their color. LOL
at least the eskies are seflf cleaning. at the park, i load 2 filthy mud monsters into the car. i get home and unload 2 white, shiny dogs. they are self cleaning....the mud vanishes. its a marvelous thing... :)
I can so relate to this. My white Siberian Husky is just as bad. She hasn't been white in days, well except first thing in the morning. She also has the self cleaning coat. Once the mud dries is seems to fall off. Of course my pale blue carpet is now medium brown. LOL. I currently have a Copper/Brown, a Grey/Brown, and a White/Brown huskies that should have all the Brown replaced with white. I gave up on bathing them. They just go back to the mud while they are still wet and I'm not supposed to bathe them until their stitches (spay) come out on Saturday. If some miracle occurs for these white dogs, please let me know. ;)
Zoey also likes to spend a lot of time in the dirt. She's always got it in her mouth. Right now I'm treating her for mange so she's getting dipped once a week in that mitaban stuff. Well, last week when I did it, I took her outside to potty after her bath and she immediately went and sat her soaking wet bulldog butt in the dirt. As you know, that's a pretty big butt those dogs have and there was mud everywhere. That was great! Thanks Zoe!
I found that conditioners seem to attract dirt. I've begun using a mild shampoo with a really good rinse, and a daily brushing. However, if they roll in the mud, what can you do? I went the short hair route for that one and got her clipped.
Icy - that is absolutely nothing compared to my white wonder. I'll see if I can get some pics of her this weekend. It's been raining here every night and some in the daytime too. You would think all the rain would wash the mud out of her coat but Nooooo!
There is a grooming product called The Stuff. It repels dirt, dust, and urine to help keeps coats clean. I have never used it personally but it seems popular with many show breeders. Most mail order pet supply companies carry it.
I dont know whether this will work on white dogs, but I use in Between Baths Wipes. Thats the only suggestion i can make, other than than, sweaters. My grandmother had a white bichon Frise' maltese mix once, and in the winter and all rainy seasons, she would make her sweaters, boots all kinds of goodies and tuck her fur in before she went outside, this way she is warm and clean. This dog had more coats than i did!!!