How to Bathe Your Dog and Make it FunKeith
Bathe Your Dog and Make it Fun from Being a Puppy.
Dogs love being dirty and smelly, and many aren’t afraid to put up a fight if they think that it will help them get out of bath time. It is always portrayed as fun but in reality when your dog is wrestling and clawing to get as far away as possible from you, it’s not!
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Here are tips for how to wash a dog that will make it a more friendly experience for both of you.
Power of positive association
The first thing you want to do, as is true with almost anything new you introduce to your dog, is to associate the bath to something positive. In other words, offer treats, toys, and affection to get your dog to come to the bath, and every time they behave in a way that’s helpful during bath time.
Start by getting them used to stepping into an empty bath and just having time there, give them treats or toys, and work your way up to adding warm only water.
Don’t be afraid to repeat actions until they truly seem to understand it. For example, if you have a dog bathtub or a specific area where you bathe your dog, get them to come to you there and offer a treat every time they obey until they come without the treat.
Protect the ears
You want to be super careful not to get water into your dog’s ears during the bath. Not only is it uncomfortable for them, it can cause health problems.
If your dog will let you do it, stuff cotton balls into his ears; if not, simply do your best to avoid spraying water into them sensitive ears.
If you have a puppy, start bathing her as soon as possible. She’ll be less opposed to the experience when she’s younger because she won’t have any negative associations toward it. By getting her used to it early on, you will encounter less trouble later. Just play with the puppy in water and make it as much fun as poss.
The right shampoo
One way to make a bath even more unpleasant for your dog is to pick a shampoo that causes them to scratch or dries their skin out. Ideally you want a mild soap that cleans and removes unwanted smells without stripping away important oils. The best way to ensure you’re getting the right shampoo for your dog. Ask at the vets or pet store.
Many people use doggy blow dryers, but the noise and feel is definitely something foreign to him. Be careful to avoid burning his skin.
The other way to go is to simply towel them as dry as possible. If you’re going to do this, use one of the more absorbent dog towels that can be found at pet stores. Be prepared for the inevitable “shake” as your dog dries herself off.
By making pleasant associations with bath time early in their life and remaining calm and assertive while you’re washing your dog, you can make it another opportunity for bonding and to share affection.