Certainly, many owners may be familiar with the scene when you put your pet in the bathtub and then the fight begins. You're fighting to get your dog clean, and he's for his life - at least, he thinks. After a good twenty-minute torture, you finally pick out the clean dog and find that you were bathed too, even though you didn't intend to.
And, of course, the torture doesn't end here, as you should still dry your dog’s coat, which they do not like at all either. So, for both of you, bathing is the most uncomfortable experience, but it should not be neglected. Fortunately, there is a solution and we will tell you what it is.
What is the dog afraid of in the tub?
Many people ask this very legitimate question as to what is really bothering the dog. Owners are especially confused if the animal loves to swim anyway, but when it comes to bathing the otherwise water-loving dog suddenly became extremely scared.
Well, the cause of the fear is not to be found in the water but in the bathtub. In most cases, the dog is not scared by the water, but by a slippery surface on which he cannot stand. It is no coincidence that professionals often recommend the use of anti-slip mat.
Of course, there are dogs that are really afraid of water and there are also individuals who simply do not like water. In their case they have to look for another solution.
If your dog does not like to take a bath, every time he/she get stressed just as you. For this reason, it is worth resorting to tools that will make your dog feel good, so that you will have pleasant memories of bathing.
Make it fun- It can be hard to feel optimistic about the bath if you don’t see a possibility of anything changing. One way to change both of your attitudes is to think about bath time as playtime. This can be particularly effective for dogs who really enjoy toys.
Bring them into the tub to start associating it with time to spend playing together. Bring food into the tub-Another way to help your dog make more positive associations with the tub (or other bathing area) is to start feeding him there. You may find that your dog is resistant or nervous at first, but over time, he’ll likely relax and enjoy his meal.
Pay attention to these when bathing
Make the water comfortable. What seems like a great temperature to you might not be what your dog prefers. Very warm water can actually be a shock to your dog, so keep it lukewarm to ensure that temperature isn’t part of the problem. The height of the water is ideal when just reaches to his knees. When applying shampoo, ensure to apply it only on your pet's body. Rinse the head gently with a little water, ensuring its not getting into the ears. Otherwise, it could end up in a nasty inflammation, which neither of you would have had a good time with.
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