Thursday, April 9, 2009



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).

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