Dogs love to play outside of their homes and to get dirty by whatever means. They may be playful and enjoy spending time in the water splashing around or retrieving a tossed ball. However, when it comes to bath time, it may be a real challenge for their owners. This is especially true when a big dog refuses to bathe.
Let’s face it, dogs are not like cats. They are not into self-grooming. This is a job, and sometimes a nasty one left to us humans.
Bath Time Can Be Challenging In Many Ways
Anam Rahman, the owner of Franklin, a playful Golden Retriever, is no stranger to this ordeal. According to him, his dog loves to play outside and gets dirty. When it comes to bath time, the dog is “just plain too lazy or is very choosy”. Sometimes, this big dog refuses to bathe.
An attorney by profession, Rahman did not have the luxury of time to chase after his dog for bath time. It was a constant source of aggravation and contention between them.
However, one day, he discovered that Franklin would tolerate a bath in the kitchen sink.
The bath time problem with his dog was resolved and, over time, Franklin loved to bathe in the sink. The problem, however, was that Franklin outgrew the sink before very long!
Franklin, though, did not mind as he had so gradually outgrown the sink that he had, likewise gradually, adjusted to the tight fit.
Rahman also pointed out that Franklin did not like to be carried or picked up. However, whenever he knew it was bath time, Franklin did not protest being picked up and carried to the sink.
Since Franklin became accustomed to bath time, he will be the one who initiates it now and then. For Rahman, this is a huge relief because his biggest dog care problem has been solved.
What Can You Do to Avoid Having Bath Time Problems With Your Dog?
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The younger the puppy is when you introduce them to bathing, the better your chances are that he has not developed a real dislike or fear of a bath. Also, it is easier to control them physically.
If you start off bathing him in the sink, just don’t let him become too attached like Franklin! Make the change to a larger tub early on in the process, especially if he is not a Tiny, Toy, or Miniature breed of dog.
Take a walk or have a few minutes of playtime right before bath time to decrease his energy somewhat. Less energy means less splashing in the tub. Also, the bonding you achieve encourages him to do as you ask. If he associates being with you as a fun thing, he is more likely to enjoy his bath.
Keep a friendly attitude and don’t get into a rush. Have the bathwater temperature comfortable. Start with an empty tub and let them feel secure in it before starting the water.
Start the water slowly and don’t allow the tub to get too full. You can always add more water as they adjust. Having a treat on hand as a reward for their good behavior is always a good thing.
Don’t rush the process. Your dog will pick up on your emotions and often will mimic them, so keep calm even if he isn’t. Showing your pup love and gentleness while bathing him will go a long way to making this a fun and enjoyable process instead of a dreaded chore. Soon, you will both look forward to, and enjoy his bath time!
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