Giving your dog a bath can be a stressful activity for any dog parent. From chasing them around to getting yourself covered in water and soap, giving your dog a bath doesn’t have to be as stressful has it has been over the years.
Next time your dog runs through a puddle of mud and decides to track into the house, try out these tips to make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your dog:
Practice bath time outside of bath time: Getting your dog familiar where you take their bath will help them stay calm when it’s actually time to give them one. If you typically give your dog a bath in the bathroom, help them practice getting in and out of the tub when there is no water involved. This will make them feel more comfortable when it’s time to actually have the bath.
Take them on a long walk before: Walking and playing with your dog before a bath will help tire them out and will likely have less energy to resist bath time. You could even consider finding a couple to incorporate while washing to distract your pup and help make it more enjoyable.
Use warm water: It is essential that you use warm water instead of cold when giving your dog a bath. Just as you wouldn’t want to jump in a shower before the water is heated up, warm water helps your dog feel more secure and less anxious.
Put a mat down: By putting a mat down in your bathtub, you will help your dog from slipping and sliding which can lead to extra stress for your dog and extra mess for you later.
Be gentle during the whole process: If you are calm, cool and collected, it’s likely that your dog will mimic your behavior and feel calmer. By slowly easing into the process rather than tossing them right into the water, they might be more willing to give it a try. Start by gently getting your dog’s feet wet – splashing some water on them. You can steadily make your way up to their head and body from there, and eventually, your dog will be fully bathed.
Bath time doesn’t have to be a stressful time. By taking things slow and using positive reinforcement, your dog will be looking forward to getting a bath in no time!
Posted on August 26, 2019