Top Hacks and Tips for Bathing Your Dog

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Top Hacks and Tips for Bathing Your Dog

Do you or your dog get nervous when it is time for a bath? Some dogs adjust better than others, but here are a few ways that you can make bath time more pleasant for the both of you.

If you have a puppy, it is a good idea to get her used to bathing as soon as possible. This will help your dog to avoid getting negative associations to bathing. This will help you to have less trouble later.

To convince your dog that a bathtub is a happy place, try placing a delicious treat or a favorite toy in the tub and let your dog find it. The idea is to make the idea of jumping in and out of the tub a game. You can let your dog watch you toss it in the tub and then let the dog go after it. Give her another treat while she is in there to encourage her to stay in the tub. Try doing this 5 or 6 times, a few days a week. To get her used to the idea of running water, you can have warm water trickling from the faucet while you are doing it.

Be sure to place a rubber mat at the bottom of the tub so she won’t slide around when jumping in and out. If your tub is too tall for your dog to jump in and out of, try putting some non-skid steps in front of your tub. It is a better idea to get your dog to get into the tub voluntarily than for you to have to pick her up.

It is a good idea to pay attention to your own voice and body language. If you want your dog to be relaxed and calm during bathing, you will need to be the same way. When bath time approaches, approach him calmly and speak quietly.

Place cotton balls in your dog’s ears to keep the water out. This is important because an infection can develop if water remains in the ears. Another thing you can do is put a shower cap on their head to keep the water out.

It is a good idea to have several small treats available if your dog isn’t keen on the idea of getting a bath. You can give him one every few seconds while you are working on him. This rewards your dog for going along with an activity he is not crazy about.

Another idea is to smear a spoonful of peanut butter on the side of the tub, so that he will stay busy licking it off when you are washing him.

Be sure to set out all of your supplies ahead of time, in easy reach. This will make sure that you aren’t having to wrestle with your dog when you are trying to grab a towel.

Before giving your dog a bath, brush him thoroughly to keep the hair from clogging your drain. It is a good idea to have a handheld shower attachment to wash your dog, turned to the gentle setting. Use less dog shampoo than you think you might need and rinse more than you think you might need to. Conditioner is unnecessary.

Be sure to bathe him in lukewarm water, so you won’t shock your dog or burn their skin. Turn off the water supply while you shampoo your dog, as running water tends to makes dogs nervous. Praise him throughout the entire bath, while you massage his body as gently as possible.

If you wash your dog’s head, you should do so with a tearless puppy shampoo. If you don’t you will burn your dog’s eyes, teaching him that bath time is not all it is cracked up to be. Bath time softens the dog’s nails. This means that afterward is a good time to cut them.

If you really want to have a happy pooch, buy a towel warmer. Having a nice, warm towel to wrap around your dog may prevent him from shaking and trying to dry off on the nearest sofa.

After you dry her off, try placing her in her crate with a food-dispensing chew toy afterward. This will keep her busy and happy, while keeping your house from becoming dampened in the process.

Bio: John Alfonso is a writer and blogger for FlexPetz Blog and writes about dog behaviors, technology and nutrition

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