Dogs are not the biggest fans of baths, and chances are, your furry friend is not an exception. Whether you’ve had your pup for while or have recently got yourself this furball, you’re probably having trouble getting them to take a bath without creating a mess. Or perhaps you want to do your research before making a failed attempt. Either way, look no further – we’ve got you covered. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Good luck!
Positive association works wonders for dogs. The best way to do this is to associate the idea of a bath to something good. As with most other things that involve training your dog, offering treats or toys or even affection by way of reward is the way to go. Begin by rewarding them for getting in the tub, and slowly work up to the point where they don’t protest when you pour the water in. Repeat until they finally get used to the idea of getting in a tub of warm water and being washed clean.
The best way to get your furry friend used to taking baths is by starting them off young (if they are still young, of course). Once they are used to baths, they will resist less with the passage of time, and this will make things simpler for both of you in future.
It is imperative that you make sure not to get water into your dog’s ears while bathing him or her. This not only causes them significant discomfort, but more importantly, is likely to lead to health complications. Stuffing the ears with cotton balls is one way to go about it, but most dogs will not allow this, so just ensure that you don’t accidentally spray water in their ears.
Pick bath products like shampoos carefully, making sure to get ones that do not cause them any discomfort. If the shampoo causes them to scratch or dries their skin out, discard it and get one that is mild, but also meticulously cleans dirt and removes odour. If you’re having trouble with this, ask an expert for help.
The best way to avoid getting water or product in their eyes, ears or mouth is to spray your pup from the neck down. This will keep the sensitive areas safe and your dog’s health free of complications. For the head and face, use a clean, damp washcloth.
Air-drying is the way to go, but if you do want to use a blow dryer on your pup’s coat, make sure to use one that is specially designed for dogs. Their skin and fur are sensitive to artificial heat, so control the temperature accordingly. Also, get them used to the noise and the feel of the dryer.