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Bath time can be a difficult affair for your pets. A slippery bath tub and a high-pressure faucet are all it takes for them to go yelping out of the bathroom. If your pet gives you a tough time whenever you try to give them a bath, then here are some helpful tips that you can use to make it less of a struggle.
How to make bath time fun/tolerable for your pet
If your pet’s bath time typically has you chasing your pet as he/she flees from the bathtub, then you need to change things. Make sure you do not chase your dog for starters. You pet will look at it as a game, if you chase your dog, and it does not take long for this to grow into a habit. You may want to secure your pet with a nylon dog collar, so he/she stays put during bath time.
Of course, if your pet has the basic commands and training mastered, it should be easier for you to control your pet, even without a leash or collar. You also do not want to make bath time a surprise event for your pet that will just make him/her more apprehensive. Make sure the word “bath” is a part of your dog’s vocabulary, so your dog knows what is going to follow every time you announce that it is bath time to your pet.
Do’s and don’ts
Make sure the water is lukewarm; too cold or too hot and your dog will leap out of the bathtub. It also helps if you have a mat on the tub floor, so your canine friend does not easily slip. Rather than turning on the faucet or sprinkler on your pet, take a washcloth to wash his face. If you have to use running water on the pet, make sure that his nose and eyes are held above the water at all times.
Do start out slow, if your dog is not accustomed to/ or fond of baths. If your pet is totally against baths, then you want to get them comfortable with the idea of a bath, gradually. Start by simply helping them into a bathtub without any water. Do not fill the tub with water entirely, in the first go. Start by adding water that is enough to get his/her feet wet, and then some more. See how your pet responds to the water as you gradually add increased amounts. It helps if you have treats in hand for your pet.
While some pet owners give their pets a bone to chew on or some treats, just so they are distracted or happy during the bath. Others like to reward their pets with treats if they behave well during bath time. You can choose from any of these rewarding mechanisms, depending on the intensity with which your pet is repulsed by bath time.