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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-17-2010, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Does any gsd actually like to have a bath?

I just had quite an experience giving Buddy a bath. The last I gave him a bath, he was much smaller, lol. Apparently, he remembered the bath tub and didn't want to step paw into it. Being super stubborn myself, I wasn't going to take no for an answer. So I picked up that 90 pound boy and plopped him in the tub. But I'm not thinking I'm going to be able to do that ever again.

Once he was in the tub, he did great. He relaxed, loved getting his rub down, he was even calm enough to take some treats. He was really, really good. It was just the initial getting him into the tub that was rough.

Any suggestions on how to make it go easier next time would be great. I'm thinking I should try to bathe him outside next time ~ maybe in a baby pool. That may go better. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-17-2010, 05:22 PM
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I believe that any dog that loves the water would love to have a bath that way they get a good rub down and one on one attention from their owner(s). I suggest not giving a bath too often to GS because it could dry out their skin. I suggest using a oatmeal shampoo and maybe once every 6 months or if really needed. Just plain ole brushing really helps.

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Aschen does what your buddy did....Stauba will be fine until she touches water. She freaks! Scratches, jumps, and cries like we are murdering her. She had an accident in the car once and had poo smeared all over her...we ended up having to use the hose on a low shower setting and it took 3 people, 2 to hold her still. SHE GOES NUTS!!!!!! I have no idea why she is so scared of water...she wont swim either...i feel awful when i have to give a bath!
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My dogs have always loved a bath. Here's why I think I've made it a good experience. I have always installed a European style shower head on a hose in one of our showers. With that, I can provide warm water that isn't as shocking as cold hose water. I start them with that very young, make it fun and especially make the toweling off like a nice brisk massage. Done right, they'll actually look forward to a bath.
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My dogs have always loved a bath. Here's why I think I've made it a good experience. I have always installed a European style shower head on a hose in one of our showers. With that, I can provide warm water that isn't as shocking as cold hose water. I start them with that very young, make it fun and especially make the toweling off like a nice brisk massage. Done right, they'll actually look forward to a bath.
I would love to use the tub...but she flips out the second water touches her and slips everywhere...i'm scared she may get hurt. She also scratches up our faces and arms.

I got her at an older age than my aschen...I wonder if she had a bad water experience?
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I would love to use the tub...but she flips out the second water touches her and slips everywhere...i'm scared she may get hurt. She also scratches up our faces and arms.

I got her at an older age than my aschen...I wonder if she had a bad water experience?
I've never trained an already hydrophobic dog to bathe well, only very young as a part of training. I'd be interested in reading ideas about how to condition a dog like yours to at least tolerate it.
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I've never trained an already hydrophobic dog to bathe well, only very young as a part of training. I'd be interested in reading ideas about how to condition a dog like yours to at least tolerate it.
Hmm...I'm going to have to read around! Anyone else on here have input? all answers are much loved!
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Hmm...I'm going to have to read around! Anyone else on here have input? all answers are much loved!
This is just a guess based on having quite a bit of experience with dog training. Try taking your dog into the bath several times with no water at all. Put treats and toys in. No threat of water at all for a while. Be really patient.. may take dozens of times. Once comfortable, maybe just make a trickle of warmish water that you can barely put on him... or maybe just try to see if he'll drink some. If there is no trauma, stop and let that be a victory. Add more warm water as it can be tolerated. Just an idea.
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Raven loves the water so it stands to reason, she loves a bath, even lets the grandson help
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all of mine have always liked baths, but they are definite water rats, so anything water they are game

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