It isn’t uncommon for dogs to hate bath time, which means it isn’t fun for you either. AllDogs Canine Care Center, a dog spa in Morristown wants to share some tips with you on how to get your dog to love bath time!
Walk it out
It’s a good idea to take your dog on a walk first. Your dog is more likely to welcome a refreshing bath after getting hot and tired from exercising. Plus, exercising or regular walks help your dog get rid of pint up energy.
Don’t be in a hurry
Your dog can sense your frustrations and irritability, which is why choosing the right time and not rushing through your dog’s bath is best. Instead of rushing this already stressful event for you and your dog, be sure to schedule it at a good time when you will be able to dedicate enough time and attention to the matter. Avoid waiting until a time when you are stressed or feeling rushed to get on to the next activity. Remember, your dog can sense your frustrations!
If your dog resists you during bath time each time you’ve attempted it, your dog understands your body language and how you communicate with them. In fact, your dog already senses what is going to happen even before you turn on the bath faucet. So, remain positive and upbeat, and your dog is more likely to want to follow you to the bath.
Keep it fun
You may find it difficult to be optimistic during your dog’s bath time, but remember to keep it fun. One way to get your dog to enjoy bath time is to make it fun by introducing some play toys or your dog’s favorite squeaker toy. This can be especially beneficial for dogs that enjoy toys. Bringing toys into the tub will help your dog associate bath time with fun.
Get an assistant
By this, we mean to bring in another dog, if you have one, or ask a friend who has a dog to come over and join in on the fun. Taking a bath along the side of another dog can help your dog feel more comfortable and relaxed. Just be sure that the other dog you have over doesn’t resist baths, or you may end up for more than you bargained for!
Get the temp right
Make sure the bath water isn’t too hot or too cold. Your dog may not prefer the hot, steamy baths that you like. Instead, lukewarm water typically is about right for most dogs. Be sure that you test the water before letting your dog get into the bath to avoid scalds or burns.
To get your dog to feel comfortable during bath time, it’s best to introduce them early on. So, if you have a puppy, now is the time to start getting them to use to bath time now. Introducing this as part of their routine now will get them used to having baths on a regular basis.
AllDogs Canine Care Center
We hope these tips are helpful. If you would like more information or to learn about our dog training services or doggie daycare options in Jefferson City, please contact AllDogs Canine Care Center by calling (865) 475-2225 or visit our facility at 939 East Old Andrew Johnson Highway in Jefferson City, Tennessee and see for yourself the kind of care we provide for our clients.
AllDogs Canine Care Center serves the communities of Jefferson City and Morristown in Tennessee.