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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Bath nightmares!

Hey everyone, I was just wondering if anyone here had any advice on how to get my puppy to get used to baths? While crate/house training I've got a feeling he's going to need a few if there are any accidents. When I gave him a bath yesterday (his first one, according to his breeder) he seemed... okay, until he noticed that there was water involved I guess and then started to panic a little. This morning, he had an accident in his crate and was covered in pee so to the bath he went again and this time it was worse so .... any advice? I appreciate anything you guys have for me
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I was wondering if your crate is too big. I checked some of your older posts and saw that your crated didn't come with a divider. Were you able to figure out something to make the crate smaller? The large crate will be a continuing problem with potty training. Too much room for him to potty away from where he sleeps and lots of room to make a mess of it.

Unless he is really getting it all over him, I would try to use baby wipes to wipe him down. If you must bathe him, make sure you have everything ready - water in the tub, towels, shampoo. Wash him as quickly as possible and get him out of the tub.

For my adult dogs, I use the shower attachment on the outdoor hose. I hook them to the deck and wash them outdoors. I know that is a 'down the road' option for you. Unfortunately, bathing seems to be something they either like or they don't - right up there with trimming nails. lol!

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Hey everyone, I was just wondering if anyone here had any advice on how to get my puppy to get used to baths? While crate/house training I've got a feeling he's going to need a few if there are any accidents. When I gave him a bath yesterday (his first one, according to his breeder) he seemed... okay, until he noticed that there was water involved I guess and then started to panic a little. This morning, he had an accident in his crate and was covered in pee so to the bath he went again and this time it was worse so .... any advice? I appreciate anything you guys have for me
I had a kid feed copious amounts of treats the first 3 times. I also avoided any water in the ears and face until bath #3. It got better every time, and the third time he was totally content.

Few suggestions:

1. Treat! Have an extra person there.
2. Tear free wash.
3. Just warm water, not hot.
4. Make it extremely positive for the dog. The first few times if he just needs the pee off of his lower section just was that.
5. Put on a bathing suit and get in with him. I did.

You want this to work because no one is going to have fun with an 85 pound dog that hates baths! Trust me, made that mistake once before.
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I was wondering if your crate is too big. I checked some of your older posts and saw that your crated didn't come with a divider. Were you able to figure out something to make the crate smaller? The large crate will be a continuing problem with potty training. Too much room for him to potty away from where he sleeps and lots of room to make a mess of it.
Yeah that has been a struggle, I found a box that may work that was suggested to me so I'm going to try that tonight and hope for the best, once that is out of the way I'm hoping we will be able to pick up the pace on the housebreaking, you know?

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Unless he is really getting it all over him, I would try to use baby wipes to wipe him down. If you must bathe him, make sure you have everything ready - water in the tub, towels, shampoo. Wash him as quickly as possible and get him out of the tub.
I'll try and use baby wipes also, that would be an easier way than giving the poor pup a bath every day haha

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I had a kid feed copious amounts of treats the first 3 times. I also avoided any water in the ears and face until bath #3. It got better every time, and the third time he was totally content.

Few suggestions:

1. Treat! Have an extra person there.
2. Tear free wash.
3. Just warm water, not hot.
4. Make it extremely positive for the dog. The first few times if he just needs the pee off of his lower section just was that.
5. Put on a bathing suit and get in with him. I did.

You want this to work because no one is going to have fun with an 85 pound dog that hates baths! Trust me, made that mistake once before.
Yeah I had a dog a long time back that hated baths more than anything, but he was a short hair so I barely had to give him a bath. I'll try spoiling him with treats and get some help with this!
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I haven't tried this trick yet because I haven't had a dog unruly enough in the bath to make it necessary, but I heard smearing peanut butter on the shower wall keeps them distracted during baths. Worth a try.

Minimal noise, if your sprayer is noisy try to lower pressure until it's somewhat quiet.
Try wrapping a towel around the pup's head, still allowing it to see, mostly around the ears and neck, often soothing to the dog (please don't suffocate your dog, either :P .)
If you can help it, don't wash the face or ears, if you have to use gentle baby soap so it does not burn the eyes and will not cause issues if some gets in the ears.

This might be a training no no, but I let my dog hide his head between my legs or arms or wherever, but he is not overly unruly, just wants me to get done already haha. I do not have a spot to tether my dog in my bathtub either so allowing him to tuck his head while I am washing his body makes it easier, it also makes him worry less about water getting in his ears.
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I don't think my pup really enjoyed his first bath. I used to have him get in the tub, eat a few cookies, and get out without ever turning the water on. Just for practice

He still doesn't like baths, but he gets in willingly and stands quietly while I do it, although he does put on a pitiful face.

Grudging cooperation is good enough for me. Kid weighs 85 pounds so I don't really want to fight with him. I still give him a cookie for getting in.
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I had to give mind a shower today due to poison oak (a search). I baited him into a walk in shower with 1/2 my turkey sandwich. It worked very well.

You don't want to bath a dog too often imho. You do want to potty train him though.

Good luck and yes, have someone give him super high value treats. In the end as others say, might not like it but will tolerate it usually.

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