After a long day of exploring the outdoors, your dog might need a bath. However, some dogs become frightened during bath time, making the process much more difficult. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help your dog feel more comfortable and make bath time an enjoyable time for your dog.
Depending on your dog’s size, you might choose to bathe them in your bathtub, shower, or a DIY dog grooming center. Wherever you decide to bathe your dog, make sure you make the space as comfortable and calming as possible. Consider the following:
Given the fact that dogs’ noses are forty times stronger than ours, they could be easily overwhelmed by strong soaps. Bathe your dog using a lightly scented, or even unscented, shampoo that is made specifically for dogs.
Your dog will be more likely to enjoy bath time if they get a special treat afterwards. Give your dog a high-quality toy and make sure to use that name during each bath so your dog begins to look forward to their bath. If your dog is especially nervous during bath time, consider offering a food reward during the process, like smearing peanut butter on the bathtub while you clean them.
If your dog is scared of the bathtub itself, consider regularly feeding them in the tub to begin a positive association.
Giving your dog the chance to run around for a little bit before a bath could provide multiple benefits. First, it will warm up your dog and help them enjoy the bath water. It also could help your dog get rid of any energy that could become nervous energy once in the bath.
Whether it’s easier for you to rinse your dog or you think you’re going to get splashed by your dog anyway, you might want to put on your bathing suit and join your dog. This will make the process more efficient and help your dog feel more comfortable.
If you can make your puppy feel comfortable in the bath from a young age, you’ll be more likely to have a dog who loves baths. Let your puppy explore the bathtub when it’s dry to familiarize themselves before their first bath.
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