I hate rain, but love baths. Ok, maybe love is too strong a word -- but I do kinda like them. I didn't used to (as seen in today's photo) but my human has taught me that even though they're wet, baths can be fun.
Here are a few simple things you can do make a dog's bath better:
- Put a squishy no-slip bathmat on the bottom of the tub. Slippery = scary if you're a dog. Especially a wet one.
- Watch the water temperature. Dogs have higher body temps than humans, so what's warm to you can be hot to us.
- Keep soap and water out of our ears, eyes and nose. For best results, use a damp wash cloth to clean our faces.
- Make the bathtub a happy place. Make sure your dog is comfortable going in and out of a DRY tub before even thinking about turning on the water. Remember to give lots of treats and encouragement. Practice these "dry runs" occasionally to reinforce "happy tub" feelings.
- Give your dog treats or a toy during bath time.
- Place a mat or towel on the floor next to the tub to prevent your dog from slipping on the way out. A slippery exit can ruin an otherwise OK bath.
- Be ready with a towel (to stop us before we start doing the shake-n-dry).