Giving your dog a bath can be a pawsome experience for many, but some pet parents find it to be a pawblem and must resort to civil warfare to get their four-legged friends into the shower. Bathing your dog is one of the most fun things to do – you get your dog into the shower, you play a few games while he chews on the shower curtain, you give him a nice foamy dog shampoo bath, he shakes off all the water and gets the bathroom wet, you dry him up, he licks your face while you’re at it, and BAM! – your doggy is even more adorable and now ready for the freshest hug of the week! What’s not to love right?
But what do you do when your pal is not totally up to the idea of a bath? In that case, here are a few pointers that can help.
Getting ready for bath time
The main thing to remember is to make dog baths a fun thing, and not a chore, for both you and your dog. Happy owner = happy doggo. And it works both ways; if your dog is having fun, you won’t be in a bad mood either.
A good idea to make your buddy look forward to baths, is to have a nice toy exclusively for the bathroom. You can also tease him with it for a few minutes before, to get him ready.
One of the biggest mistakes is to lure an unsuspecting dog into the shower. Never trick them, it will only lead to trust issues. Be open about it, and don’t be in a hurry, the first few times will be the hardest, but if you do it right, it’s eventually going to be a breeze down the road.
An important thing to prepare for beforehand, is the type of shampoo. If your dog has fleas then use a flea bath shampoo. If not, using a regular dog bath shampoo is absolutely fine, as long as it is right for your dog. Often it can be just the artificial fragrance that the dog doesn’t like – a good solution to this is to try our fragrance-free shampoos, which only use the natural fragrances of shea butter, jojoba oil, citronella etc. If ticks are a recurring problem or you are looking for something that will add that extra shine to your dogs coat; try out Excuse Me Fleas or Shea Pleasure SniffingYou ( which is our Shea Butter variant) respectively.
During bath time
You’ve prepared well, and your dog is now wagging its tail in your bathtub. Good job! Give yourself a pat on the shoulder and give your dog a tasty treat! No, seriously, keep a box of treats in the bathroom. This keeps him/her patient, as there’s always something to look forward to.
It’s important to make your pet feel comfortable, make a note of the water temperature, and over time, notice what type of bath they prefer.Some small dogs prefer a bucket bath, while larger ones like shower head baths.
Once it’s all ready and perfect, start the bath! give him a whiff of the dog bath shampoo you’ve selected beforehand, that way there are no surprises. While doing this, don’t forget to be affectionate.No dog wants the bath to feel like a task, it should be fun (Warning: regular treats and massaging while you shampoo the coat may cause your dog to want to have a bath daily, so proceed with caution).
Talk to your dog while you’re going through it, even if it’s just reading the flea bath shampoo label (or just talk about your day, we hear that it’s great therapy!).
Once you’ve rinsed off all the shampoo, let your furry friend shake off the water, don’t stop him, then dry him with either a dryer or a towel, and you’re all done! But wait, before you unleash this fresh smelling bundle of joy into the world again, you need to do the most important thing – give that good boy another treat! He’s earned it!
See, that wasn’t so bad now was it? Giving your dog a bath is a great bonding experience for both of you, and the best part is that it can be the highlight of the week. Trust, treats, and a good dog shampoo are the secret ingredients for the best pawssible dog bath!