February 19, 2021
After a long day of outdoor exploration, your dog may need a bath. However, some dogs get scared while bathing, which makes the process much more difficult. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help your dog feel more comfortable and make bathing time a pleasant time for your dog.
Depending on the size of your dog, you can choose to bathe them in a bath, shower or DIY dog care center. Wherever you decide to bathe your dog, make sure you make the space as comfortable and soothing as possible. Consider the following:
Use warm water. Fill the tub halfway with warm water before placing your dog in the tub or shower.
Avoid running water. Noise and splashes of running water can cause your dog stress. Use a cup to rinse your dog if possible. If your dog is too dirty or you need to use fresh running water, consider using a hand shower, but stick it to your dog’s skin to avoid splashing.
Bring a special toy for your dog to play with during their bath. This will help them have fun and give them a way out for nervous energy.
Anti-slip. Place a towel or mat on the bottom of the tub to prevent the dog from slipping and help him feel safer.
Given the fact that dogs’ noses are forty times stronger than ours, they could easily be covered in healthy soaps. Bathe your dog with a lightly scented or even fragrance-free shampoo that is made specifically for dogs.
Your dog is more likely to enjoy bathing time if he then receives special treatment. Give your dog a high quality toy and be sure to use that name during each bath so that your dog can look forward to his bath. If your dog is particularly nervous during a bath, consider offering a reward for food during the process, such as spreading peanut butter on the tub while cleaning them.
If your dog is afraid of the bath itself, consider feeding them regularly in the bath to start a positive association.
Giving your dog a chance to run for a while before a bath can provide many benefits. First, it will warm your dog and help them enjoy the bathing water. This can also help your dog get rid of any energy that can turn into nervous energy once he is in the bathroom.
Whether it’s easier for you to rinse your dog or you think you’ll be sprayed by your dog anyway, you may 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 bathtub from an early age, you are more likely to have a dog that loves baths. Let your puppy explore the tub when it is dry to get acquainted before his first bath.
Do you have other tips and tricks to make bathing time more enjoyable for you and your dog? Tell us about it in the comments below and follow @campingwithdogs and @myalphapak on Instagram to keep you up to date on other safety tips for you and your dog!