Everyone likes his or her pets looking cute and well groomed. While those fluffy dogs you own are wonderful pets, they are not a pleasant sight when dirty. It's easy for dirt, grass, and even ticks to get stuck on their fur when they are out playing, so they need a bath every now and then to stay clean. However, most dogs do not like bathing and getting them clean can turn into a struggle. Here are some tips to make bath time enjoyable for your dog and less of a hassle for you:
Test the bath water first to ensure that the temperature is ideal. You should put your hand in the water to make sure it's not too cold or too hot before using it on your dog. You don't want your pet to have an unpleasant experience with bath water that's too cold or too hot. If it's uncomfortable with the bath water temperature, it might end up disliking baths even more.
Make sure you keep calm when it's time to bathe your dogs. Do not give any clues or announce that it's bath time. You need the dog to be relaxed.
If you're using pet shampoo to bath your dog, pick one that's gentle and will not irritate its eyes. Dogs do not enjoy getting water and shampoo in their eyes, so be careful when you want to wash its face.
You can add a few rubber ducks, or your dog's favorite waterproof toys, to the bath water. This would help make it more comfortable and calm for the bath.
It's best you use a pitcher to scoop up water, and pour gently and evenly on the dog. Try not to make noise with the water when pouring. Also, don't leave the faucet on. Some small dogs are scared by the sound, and it seems to them like a large amount of water is coming their way.
If you're using a bathtub, you should place in a slip-free bath adhesive or mat in it. This would make it less slippery and reduce any unsteadiness the dog might experience.
Offer your dog its favorite treat so it can associate bath time with something fun. Give it promises of more treats if it behaves well and takes the bath without fuss. Don't forget to follow up on your promise!
You should massage your dog's favored spots to encourage it to relax. While doing that, you speak to it in a soothing voice and lavish sweet names on it.
Dry their fur off with soft, absorbent towels. Most dogs enjoy having their wet fur rubbed dry with soft, lush towels.
If you promised it a treat for behaving well, this is the right time to make good your promise.
Giving your dog a bath should be as hassle-free as possible. You don’t have to get your bathroom floor messy because you're struggling to keep the dog steady. With the right approach, you can get your beloved pet to calm down and be agreeable. If bath time can be made fun, your dog might gleefully look forward to it.