How To Bathe A Dog (Hates Water)? You will be surprised just how many owners suffer from this concern. Their dog gives them so much trouble when it comes time for their bath that they tug, twist, bark, yelp, and pull all sorts of tantrums but refuse to make it easy for the owner to bathe them.
- While small dogs are easy to hold onto, direct and guide, bigger dogs need a leash or they will overpower you in their attempts to leap out of way of the water; the tub is better, showers freak dogs out sometimes.
- Get quality dog shampoo. A big bowl will help gather dirt and hair clumps or they might clog the drain or the bowl can serve as a mug; your choice. Keep towels ready to dry your pet. You can even use dry newspapers, they do an excellent job.
- Most dogs do not like taking baths; they feel exposed and vulnerable as the liquid enters past their fur and onto their skin.
- Go with them into the bath area, it will reassure them to see you inside the place they feel uncomfortable in. A tub of water makes things remarkably easy. Place your dog inside.
- Once their legs are in, reassure them, speak to them, and keep them calm.
- Pour water gently on your pet’s body using the bowl or an actual mug. Avoid the neck and head for the time being.
- The thicker the fur the more the dog soap or shampoo you will need to create adequate lather and promote ideal nourishment down to the skin. This part will not be a problem for your dog, it will feel more like a massage or petting only involving soap/shampoo.
- If your dog stands on the edge of the tub, hold it gently under the neck and use that stance to your advantage to clean them thoroughly (stomach, underarms, etc.).
- Head and neck should also be covered by now. Place them back in the tub, all four legs in, and rinse their fur.
- You too will get wet, perhaps drenched, so do not try to stay dry, this is more for your pet than you; you can have your own bath later.
- No longer can you continue using the tub water to clean the dog, because it is now all soapy and dirty. Get clean water from the faucet in the bowl or mug, and rinse your pet thoroughly. The tub certainly needs to be drained by this time; for obvious reasons.
- Let the dog shake off most of the water. Use a towel or newspaper to dry your pet. Dry them inside the tub or they will attempt to hightail it out of there and get water all over your living room.
It will not always be easy but the process shared above cuts down a lot of problem factors for you who are bathing the dog. It also makes it simpler for your pet to indulge the bath without giving in to panic, jumping out of the tub, or tugging intensely at the leash.