Dogs don’t mind being sticky. So they don’t mind not taking a bath at all. However, you as Owner cannot stand not giving him a bath. To be able to succeed here, you should be ready to wrestle.  So prepare yourself and your supplies beforehand. Between the water, the noise, the confinement, the scrubbing, and the suds, it’s no wonder why your dog may sprint in the other direction of the tub.

Brush your dog before a bath and put a cotton ball in each ear to keep water out.

Fill your tub with lukewarm water. Spray the nozzle on your team first, just like you would if you were giving a baby a bath, Robles says. The area of skin is more sensitive to temperature than your hands.

Keep it even cooler for large-breed dogs, who can easily overheat.

Ensure that the tub is non slip.    

Talk to your dog in a calm and reassuring manner.  This may seem easy but it’s not. Especially for Owners whose dogs hate the water.

Offer a treat every time he obeys to bathe.  Do this every day so he’ll get used to taking bath even without treats.

Bathe a puppy as young as possible so he gets used to it.

If your dog is afraid of the faucet try using a small cup to rinse him off. Be very gentle when washing his face. Protect his eyes, ears, and nose.   Use a washcloth from the neck going down.

Station toys or treats near the tub so you can constantly praise him for good behavior.

Use shampoo.  Talk to your vet on the best type of shampoo for your dog. Your veterinarian can help you with product recommendations, but you’ll generally want to look for brands that are formulated for dogs and follow the directions for shampooing on the label. Oatmeal-based shampoos are a gentle option. Medicated shampoos are an essential part of treating many skin conditions. Ask your veterinarian which might be right for your dog or cat.

By making pleasant associations with bath time and remaining calm and assertive while washing your dog, this becomes another opportunity for bonding. Just be patient.

Rinse well.

Towel him up. Don’t use blowers as most dogs have noise phobia.  

Owners of small dogs have an advantage: they can just plop the dog in a sink or laundry tub. But if you can’t fit your dog in a sink, use the bathtub, or get in the shower with her and use a detachable nozzle. A portable doggie tub is also an option. While some tubs are made of heavy plastic, others are collapsible and can easily be used outside or in the laundry room or mudroom. Some grooming or pet supply stores rent out dog tubs and towels.

Using a garden hose is okay if the dog’s truly filthy or the weather’s good, but make it an occasional experience. Dogs don’t like being cold any more than we do, and they definitely don’t like having a hose shot at them.



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