The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Enjoy Bathing
One thing I do is practice having my dogs love the tub with NO water in it! So all the time when I'm in the bathroom, I toss their toys in the tub, and treats in the tub, and just have a general party if they jump in the empty dry tub. That way they love the bathroom and the tub anyways, so alot less stress.
I also have a shower massage showerhead on a hose set up so I can more easily hose the dogs down and rinse them off. They always get into a dry tub (like I train in paragraph one) then I start up the water to get it nice and warm, and just wet them with the shower head held close to them, with me standing over them, and telling them what a good dog they are and how proud I am!
I try to keep them in their for as short a time as I can. Lot's of love and praise (they do look miserable). Using the minimum amount of soap so it rinses off fast is a huge help.
Then it's always a puppy party when it's over with the toweling, the shaking off the access water, and going into the yard for some play time....
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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