My old dog has dry skin and a dense short lab type coat. Last summer I only gave her weekly warm water rinses. She smelled fine and felt clean. My younger dog has a feathered spaniel/setter type coat and the rinses worked fine for him as well. I wanted to rinse possible allergy triggers off often and leave the skin oils alone. You don't have to worry about getting all the shampoo out either. You could try rinsing only, see what you think?