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Pet Bath Time Essentials

Bare Bones: Bath Time Essentials

Contrary to popular belief, not all animals hate baths! North even seems to enjoy his tub time every once in awhile, which is a big relief to a tired dog mommy! But if your pet is having some bath time anxiety issues, there are a few things that you can do to help ease your pets into loving the lather.

  • If your pet freaks out at the sight of the bathroom, try getting your pets in there more often. Start by playing in the hallway and slowly working your way in. Once they are mastering going in and out, feeding, play, and even bed time in the loo can help your pet become more comfy in the space, and not such a 'fraidy cat (or dog) to enter.

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  • Getting into the tub without World War Three breaking out can be a difficult task, but making minor adjustments can pave the way to better times to come. Make sure the water is lukewarm - not too hot, not too cold. Puppies and kittens are especially sensitive to hot and cold, so make sure you take the time to test the water before attempting a bath. Putting a rubber mat or towel at the bottom of the tub will help keep your pet from slipping, creating yet another reason to fear the big white tub. Also, if the showerhead seems to make your pet want to head for the hills, try using a cup instead.
  • Bring toys into the mix. Who says that toys in the tub are only for babies!? Whatever makes your furry pal more confident while bathing should translate into more fun and less stress for the both of you.

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
My one pup loves water in general and she'll try and climb in the tub when I'm showering if I'm not watching out for her. Bathing is never a problem - she just walks around splashing and ducking her face under water.
mypinkrainbow-G mypinkrainbow-G 8 years
my english bully takes a shower wif me as it is easier to get her all bubbly clean , she loves the shower and swimming , she is always going and sneaking to the next dorr folks pool and taking a dip
designergirl designergirl 9 years
My puppy hates the bath, but I found out that he loves the shower when he followed me in one day last week. It was pretty funny- he kept trying to bite the water.
KDwxgirl KDwxgirl 9 years
wren - you don't really need to clean your dog's ears very often unless then seem gunky. You don't want to ruin their pH balance, or your dog can get yeast ear infections. And to follow up what Aphrosette said, how often you bathe your dog depends on what breed you have. Labrador retrievers should only be bathed about twice a year, if at all. The soap ruins the oiliness of their coats.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I am lucky in that both my dogs love the water and baths, however if you do heed the advice given here be careful just how often you do bath your dog. Dogs are very different from us and they should only be bathed with soap once every other month. If you use soap more often it might cause them to become irritated, scratch more, develop hot spots, etc... Just be forwarned!
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I am dog loves baths and he especially loves running around the house afterwards to dry off.
red4bonez red4bonez 9 years
My little one is not afraid of the bathroom but when I tell her "it is bath time" and point towards the bathroom she puts her tail between her legs and runs away. But once shes in the bathtub she is fine, she goes near the water no problem. My big dog when I tell her "get in the bathtub" she jumps in.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I wash my little dog in the sink and use a cup. I love those bathrobes!! And I'll bet the Brush Buddy feels great. Umm, I didn't know you're supposed to clean in your dog's ears :OOPS: This is my first dog, so I'm learning along the way...
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