My Dog Hates Baths! What Can I Do!
Don’t You Wish That Bath Time Would Just Be The Easiest And Most Pleasurable Moments For You And Your Dog?
The problem is, it is not. Most of the time, you have to chase your dog down and put him in the tub. If that’s not enough, the struggle isn’t over yet as your dog would try to escape in every possible opportunity.
You can put an end to this problem. Thankfully, there are a few helpful and effective things you can do to make bath time, fun time for your pooch. Read on to learn more.
Refrain From Forcing Your Dog
Don’t chase your dog when he needs to take a bath. Your dog may think that this is one way you want to play. He may think as well that it is something desirable. That’s something you don’t want to happen especially if you want him to overcome this behavior.
Moreover, forcing your dog to stay in the bath area might not be a good idea as well. First, it may cause trauma to your dog. Instead of helping your dog to be more submissive to you, he might stay that way for the rest of his life.
Make Your Dog Comfortable With Bathing Area
Whether it is your bathtub, the shower, or a place in the backyard, you need to make sure your dog gets used to where he is getting a bath.
How do you do this? There are plenty of ways.
One, you can give your dog meals in their bathing area. This should help your dog create a positive association with the place.
Next, you can give your dog a treat and let him play with his favorite toys in that same place.
The bottom line is that you create happy moments in your bathing area. So, when you need to give him a bath, he won’t feel too uneasy anymore.
Use Warm Water
Using warm water is a simple trick that can help your dog relax. Cold water can easily agitate your dog. If you use warm water, he will feel more comfortable all throughout the bath time.
Don’t Spray Your Dog With Running Water
Dousing your dog with water can make him nervous. It may give them a drowning feeling and the pressure of water hitting them may feel like they are being punished.
It is best to pour water instead. You can also use a washcloth to wash your dog’s face. Don’t let water splash on his face, especially over his snout. Avoid getting water into his nose.
Let Your Dog Exercise First Before Bath Time
The less energy your dog has, the more submissive he can be. That’s why a nice trick to help your dog become more receptive to a bath is to schedule your bath time right after he has exercised. This can be done by taking him for a long walk, playing with lots of running and moving, or bringing him to the park where he can run around and expel his excessive energy.
Once your pooch is more tired, he will not have enough energy to resist and flee from you during bath time.
Prevent Your Dog From Slipping In The Tub
Bathtubs can be slippery at times for humans, but it can be more slippery for your dog. When they can’t fully stabilize themselves in the bathtub, they tend to become more nervous, fearful, and stressed.
You can add a rubber mat or towel in the tub. This helps your dog keep his balance during the bath.
Get Your Things Ready
Before you even bring your dog to the bathing area, make sure you have all you need within reach. These include shampoo, soap, conditioner, brush, and towel. You don’t want to be leaving your dog in the middle of bath time just because you forgot something.
From Nervous To Happy Bath Time
Be patient with your dog. Like a child, dogs may not understand fully what you want to happen. They don’t even know why bath time can be good for them. However, with enough practice and letting your dog get used to this routine, you will have a better and nicer time giving your four-legged friend a bath.