Does Your Dog Hate Baths?

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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.

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How to Clean Your Dog Between Baths

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Taking the dog to the groomer can be expensive and grooming your dog at home can be a time-consuming ordeal. However, your dog will be happier and healthier with regular baths and brushings, and your house will smell better, too! But life happens, and sometimes you have to put off your dog’s bath for a week or two. So how can you clean your dog and keep them smelling fresh between baths?

Brush, Even if You Can’t Bathe

Depending on what kind of dog you have, brushing is usually a lot less time-consuming than bathing, especially if you keep up with it regularly. Dogs with thick or curly hair (like Poodles) may need to be brushed more often to avoid mats and tangles, but it’s worth it. Brushing removes dirt and debris that can contribute to a foul stench.

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Doggy Wipes

Doggy wipes work to freshen your dog up between baths. They are gentle, non-toxic, moisturizing, and usually smell lovely (just like the ones for babies!) Use doggy wipes to clean your pup’s paws and paw pads, their rear end, and even their entire body.

Dry Shampoo

If you want to clean, deodorize, and refresh your dog’s coat between baths, try a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are very easy to use; they are powder formulas that can either be sprinkled or sprayed onto your dog, rubbed in, then brushed through. They instantly absorb excess oil and grease, break down dirt and grime, and leave your dog’s coat looking soft and shiny and smelling great.

Dog Perfume or Cologne

Dog perfumes are a popular choice for stylish pups or pups who aren’t smelling so swell between baths. They are designed to be light, aromatic, long-lasting, and safe. Some companies even make perfumes that mimic popular men’s and women’s designer scents. If your dog seems even the slightest bit irritated by the perfume’s smell, discontinue use, and never use human perfumes or colognes on a dog.

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Clean Your Dog’s Bed!

If you do everything you can to keep your dog clean between baths, it will all go out the window if their bed is still dirty and smelly. Wash your dog’s bed and blankets regularly to remove dirt and body oils. If you have the option, choose a bed that allows you to wash both the cover and the cushioning. Your dog will thank you by curling up for a sweet-smelling slumber.

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