Help!! CANNOT give rescue a bath.
I recently (last week) adopted a 9-10 month old GSD from a local shelter and brought him home. He did awesome for the first few days, seemed to enjoy being inside and out and slept either in his bed in my room or in the laundry room on the cool tile.
About 4 days ago he was outside (we live on a farm, so no yard and he can run free) and he rolled in something dead/disgusting. Needless to say, he smells TERRIBLE. If you pet him, you can smell it on your hands immediately, and he definitely cannot come inside smelling like he does.
So I thought, no big deal, I'll give him a bath. So I grab a towel, shampoo and put him on a leash and walk him to the porch. We have a warm/cold water faucet and hose we use for dog baths on the porch and its super handy. He does just fine until I turn on the water, but as soon as I turned the hose on he FLIPPED OUT. His 85 pounds jerked my 100 pound self across the yard, and proceeded to almost choke himseld, flipping over backwards and doing everything he could to get away.
I thought maybe I just turned on the water too fast and tried to try again. Attempted to walk him back onto the porch and he wouldn't get near it. If I got close he would sit back and start to fight furiously on the leash. Think jumping, flipping, trying to run, literally scared to death.
So, I went to plan B. He has a kiddie pool that he does get in and lay in. I tried to put him in that and use a cup to bathe him. Nope. He wouldn't get in the pool, and when I tried to pick him up and put his front paws in he started to fight again. Wouldn't get near the pool a second time without a fight.
Plan...C... I bought some wet wipes and "dry" bath supplies. It helped, but not nearly enough for whatever the **** he rolled in. Stuff is STRONG.
I thought about bringing him to a groomers but is it unacceptable to make him their problem...?
This dog is scared to death of spraying water. When I fill up the water bowl in the kitchen with the faucet he retreats to the living room, scared. I always noticed but thought he was just generally nervous being in a new place but he really has a genuine fear.
There is no way I can wrestle him into taking a bath. He is big and I'm small... And I don't want to terrify him more.
Any ideas???? Since he has rolled, he has had to stay outside 24/7. We are in Texas so its HOT. I put a fan out for him and he has his pool, but he begs to come in and it sucks when I can't let him.
Just because he's so stinky right now I'd take him to the groomers and see how it goes, having a professional do it who is used to that sort of behaviour and is better equipped to handle it should get the job done
Then a few days after I'd work hard on desensitizing him. Have him in the general area and pool and work slowly and very positively on having everything from the hose to the shampoo be a positive thing. Something as simple as touching the hose while not having it move can be a victory, the more you show him it's not something to be scared of the easier it will go.
Right now the pup doesn't trust or know you very well, you need to build that bond and associate yourself with peace and safety. The more he gets to know you the better he will trust you
Have you tried pouring a tiny bit of water on him and rewarding him for accepting it? If you have a watering can, or something - not having the water running, with the noise to freak him out - taking it slow? I'd want to get him indoors asap, and baby steps with accepting it would be the way to go with a new rescue.
Avoid having him around running water. You can do this and still bathe him.
1. Fill the pool without the dog near.
2. use a soapy wet rag to "pet" the dog into a lather
3. have dog play in his puppy pool
(you may need to do this a LOT to get him rinsed)
4. towel dry the dog & leash him because if you don't he will apply a nice doggy cologne like the one you just removed...
Good luck with this.
(also - get in the pool yourself - figure you will get wet and need your own "decontamination" procedure afterward. BUT you are making this fun, play anything but being squirted with a hose or doused with water)
I am picking up a watering can today so hopefully thatll help.
I have had good luck wiping stinky dogs down with scope mouth wash. Just pour some on a rag and give it a try.
I would take him to a groomer. I groom my dog at home and she is a royal brat, i do it at work (groomer) and she is an angel! LOL
If you don't want a stranger grooming him (understandable) some places have self dog wash. You could do that. I think that because its a "flooding" event, they behave better.
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