I think a log of dogs become fearful of bath time because of bad experiences with soap, or water that is too hot...
I figure dogs like cold water, So i shower my dog with water that is closer to 85 degrees (as opposed to the 105 i prefer)....
Another is soap in the eyes, If your dog associates stinging pain with the shower, hes gonna hate it. I bought special puppy shampoo that has no-tear formula so if it gets in his eyes its no big deal, just flush em out and it doesn't hurt. I also give him lots of treats and while he's never guna beg for a shower, he doesnt resist, Hes very calm and complacent in there.
Make sure you're down with em, and give em a really good, nice massage while all the soap is on em.
I play "the bath game" with my dogs almost every day. We simply jump in and out of the tub a few times every day. They get treats for jumping in and standing there until I tell them to jump out. I usually have the water running while we do this (but when we first started the water was off). When it is time for an actual bath its really easy because they are so conditioned to getting treats when in the tub. Also, make sure you have a no slip pad of some sort in the tub. I think a lot of dogs are afraid of the tubs because they are slippery.
oh and they do get treats during the bath as well, along with lots of praise.
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.