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    Re: How to Give a Dog a bath

    It's funny, because everyone thinks that cat's are terribly hard to bathe, when the reality is, dogs are too!! I remember the first time I tried to give my puppy a bath. My situation was quite like yours. I think the main probablem is the anxiety. The dog is placed in a large, cold tub and confronted with a metal nozel that shoots out water. Even if the water in warm, the dog doesn't take to it easily.
    One thing that might help adjust the dog to the touch of water would be to take a warm, damp towel and message the dog's fur. Gradually work the dog towards the bath water (without raising the nozel/bucket/whatever high above its head in a menacing position). Also, avoid shrieking with dismay when the dog panics--this will only alarm him/her, creating the illusion that the bath should be feared.

    quick tip: start at the head and work your way down!
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    Re: How to Give a Dog a bath

    Some tips on giving a bath to small doggies!!!

    * Bath time is a good time to examine your dog carefully for skin irritations, fleas and ticks,ear infections or other health concerns. It may be useful to trim his nails at the same time your bathe him. Metal nail files are good for skittish dogs and owners you can also use a battery powered nail file to make the process faster. Sometimes a groomer will let you watch the process and you may want to observe before you go at it yourself the first time.
    * One thing that may prevent dogs from shaking is to hold their ear. This should only be done while taking them to a more shake-friendly place.
    * If your dog tends to shake try placing one hand over the back of the neck when washing. This can stop the shake before it starts and keep you (and your bathroom) relatively dry.
    * Some small dogs prefer placing their front paws on the edge of the bath away from you. My dog puts his paws up in the side of the tub facing the wall. It helps keep him calm and from that position he can't jump out.
    * It is very important to brush your dog after every bath so that their hair doesn't get matted.
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    I haven't gotten brave enough to put my husky in the tub yet, but am going to have to soon. Mud season has arrived in Northern Maine. One thing I got to try and ease bathing is buy kitty cat bath mits. They are disposble wipes meant for making kitty cat bath time easier. Tiberius loves them. They work good to get the mud and stuff off his legs and tummy after a walk.

    As for bathing cats, my big tom cat loves baths. The grey one...well she turns into a demon the minute water touches her fur.
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    I use a hand held shower to bath my Rambo and he loves bathing. I never faced this problem with him.
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    We purchased a hand-held shower hose that connects and disconnects very easily to our shower head. I like it better then regular hand held showers because the water will only come out when you press the button down. Gizmo is a doll for any kind of pampering or grooming. He hops into the bath tub on command, stays perfectly still while I soak him, lather him up, rinse and condition. He rolls over to have his nails trimmed, and any sanitary trimming necessary. Loves his teeth brushed...haha..but when it comes to drying, if I let him air dry, he runs a mile a minute around the house rubbing and rolling on everything! LOL he's a riot!
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    i try to avoid her head at all costs because i don't want water in her ears and she hates cotton balls in them. so i usually use the tub/cup method. i wet, then wet her ears and head with a wet wash cloth, then lather with soap, i put a tiny amount on the wash cloth and then get her head and ears. then i rinse her body and then rinse the wash cloth so i can wipe her ears and head well. she's getting a bath tonight. i might try the shower attachment but she's such a scaredy she might try to get away from it.

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    all dry and posing with crimpy ears and all lol

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    OMG puppy bath time pictures are ridiculously cute
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    Re: How to Give a Dog a bath

    Cute Tub photos of all pups!!!!!

    Stella flinches a little when I lift her into the tub.....I fill it a few inches with warm water.....at some point...I'll get one of those shower spray thingys, but for now...I run the water while bathing her and rinse her with a big cup.

    I keep a little pile of treats nearby....and give her praise...treats..kisses....after she's out of the tub and towel dried.....she gets a chewey and more praise and kisses.
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    We give Faith a bath about 2x a month or so. We put her in the tub and pour cups of water over her, then rub shampoo in, rinse, then she shakes off.
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    Re: How to Give a Dog a bath

    Quote Originally Posted by Dunixi View Post
    I haven't gotten brave enough to put my husky in the tub yet, but am going to have to soon. Mud season has arrived in Northern Maine.
    We have two huskies and bathe them in our shower. I bought a groomer's loop that attaches to a suction cup that I attach to the shower wall that I got from Petedge.com. The suction cup works surprisingly well and keeps them from trying to run away. Sometimes the suction cup does pop off when they shake but the dogs are easy to catch and re-attach the suction cup.

    I also broke down and bought one of those spiky Kong brushes for lathering the dogs. It seems to get more of the undercoat out while I'm washing them and leaves that much less to brush out later.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Love's_Sophie View Post
    Now that I am grooming again, I am spoiled, and able to groom my dogs at the shop I groom at...Lol!!! My kitties usually still get bathed at home, though, and that is usually a "trip" hahaha!
    Me, too I've been spoiled this way.
    Auz's first bath was a nightmare. He was muddy, filthy, stinky, and 12 weeks old. How does a 25 pound puppy have the strength to pull against a tether attached to an eyebolt drilled 100 feet into the wall, and how is a 25 pound GREASED UP puppy able to PERFECTLY balance on a slippery bathtub edge for a solid 20 minutes? He was such a PITA to bathe that I made being in the tub a daily thing until he stopped fighting it. I taught him to jump into the tub, and I taught him to put his paws on the ledge and allow me to lift the rear half in (not a bad idea, since I don't really want him jumping a whole lot these days until his hip & elbow get rechecked). 25% of the time he'd be pleasantly surprised to find treats in the tub. Another 25% of the time the reward was immediately being lifted/told to jump back out. Another 25% of the time he got lightly hosed off, toweled, and was either lifted/told to jump out. The bad 25% of the time he got a real bath. The tub isn't that big of a deal to him anymore, and taking a few weeks to really work with him on this (varying what he got--treats, nothing, a hose off, or a bath) payed off. Big time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dj360 View Post
    It's funny, because everyone thinks that cat's are terribly hard to bathe, when the reality is, dogs are too!! I remember the first time I tried to give my puppy a bath. My situation was quite like yours. I think the main probablem is the anxiety. The dog is placed in a large, cold tub and confronted with a metal nozel that shoots out water. Even if the water in warm, the dog doesn't take to it easily.
    One thing that might help adjust the dog to the touch of water would be to take a warm, damp towel and message the dog's fur. Gradually work the dog towards the bath water (without raising the nozel/bucket/whatever high above its head in a menacing position). Also, avoid shrieking with dismay when the dog panics--this will only alarm him/her, creating the illusion that the bath should be feared.

    quick tip: start at the head and work your way down!
    We groom cats, and honestly, 99% of our regular cats are easier to bathe than most dogs My philosophy on cats is the same philosophy as it is with nordics, hounds, and chows. Don't try to be the boss, and don't try to establish yourself as such. You're not gonna win Just git-r-done...
    I had a rescue cat who was PETRIFIED of water. If you carried her near any running water, she'd start to fight, and sink her claws into you, panic, etc. She needed a bath SO bad, so we started by "petting" her with a warm, damp wash cloth. After she learned to tolerate that, I put some towels down and had a sport-bottle (with the small, squirt-style lid) full of luke-warm water. I'd use the cloth, and very inconspicuously dribble some water onto her back, and continue rubbing her down with the cloth. We built her up to getting a "soap-less" bath. (No shampoo, only water to the skin, thinking if she freaked mid-bath having a soapy, wet cat to peel off the ceiling would be a bad idea.) After all this, I was able to bathe her by myself til the day she died.
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    Re: How to Give a Dog a bath

    A few tips/warnings:

    1. Leave the lather on for the recommended time if you are using a flea shampoo.

    2. Assign this job only to adults or responsible older children.

    3. Trembling is not uncommon during a bath'for the dog, that is.

    4. Your dog may snap at the hair dryer if you hold it too close to his face.

    5. You can give your dog an oatmeal bath once a day for up to three days. And once a month thereafter. More frequent baths can irritate your dog's skin.

    6. For extra skin soothing, apply pure aloe vera gel to your dog's skin after the oatmeal bath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graco22 View Post
    Wow, I am surprised at how many people bath their dogs at home without a sprayer, just water in the tub like a people bath. Isnt that super time consuming, to fill the tub twice for bath and rinse? I have never had a dog so afraid of the sprayer that I couldn't use it on them. Gosh, no wonder so many of my clients don't want to bath their dogs at home..lol I wouldn't either! Bless you guys for all that hard work!
    I've only given Vincent a bath in our apartment once. We have a goofy faucet, so I don't think we can use sprayer attachments on it (you turn the shower head on by pulling the mouth of the faucet down...hope that makes sense). We could probably attach something to the shower head, but I dunno if I wanna mess with it. I just turned on the faucet and let it run, didn't even fill up the tub. Then I just use an old juice pitcher, fill it with water and pour it over him. It makes washing his belly and chest a little bit difficult, but otherwise I think I got it all done in 30 minutes or so. He just kind of coward in the corner, never tried to make an escape because I think he's well aware that I'm fully capable of picking him up and because the door was shut and there's not a lot of space to run in our bathroom/. lol

    My girlfriend tried to give him a bath outside and he broke out of his collar...so needless to say, I don't think that's happening anytime soon.
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    Im spolied. as in Im a apprentice groomer, with keys to the shop and can bring in my dog (and cat if need be haha) when ever I feel like it. so I have all the wonderful things to use, such as a tub I dont bend in, a hose for water, and best of all the HV dryers. I will never want to bathe a dog the old way again, bath tub, cup of water and air dry, no way!!! lol
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    My dog tolerates the bath which is good because he doesn't like the cold hose except to bite the water stream. Of course, he'll jump in the lake which is colder than the hose but that's different. He gets a bath in the tiny bathroom where there's no where to run. I've air dried him until the last bath after which I introduced the HV drier -- my Rigid shop vac on blower mode. Of course he doesn't like it, but that's what systematic desensitization is for. He started to stand still for the legs, groin area and back. Still doesn't like it on his head. It's going to be necessary this winter.

    To use a blower like this, the dirt chamber and filter should be clean.
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    Try a pet shower, either one that attaches to your current shower (if it's a big dog) or a faucet connect one that you can hook up to a kitchen sink or a laundry tub. A pet shower is basically a connection of the shower or the faucet with a flexible hose and sprayer. The nice thing about these is that with dogs and muddy grass you can shower off just the feet and legs and have a clean dog inside. Works great too to remove snow clumps. Sprayers are gentle too so they do not scare the dog like a hard shower spray would.
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