If your dog disagrees with bath time, you are not alone; bath time can be a scary and unpleasant ordeal! Have patience though as most likely his fear comes from more than just a dislike of getting wet. Luckily, with a little time and practice, your dog can tolerate taking occasional baths.
Swimming comes naturally to a lot of dogs, but not all. So if you are wondering why your pup loves swimming at the beach or in the pool but yelps and struggles when it comes to the bath tub, it may have to do with how you are handling him. Most dogs like to feel free when they are swimming so when you are touching him all over and holding him still, he may not take well this unfamiliar handling. Try desensitising your pup outside the bath to being massaged. It may take some time to get use to but remember to remain gentle while bathing because that is the best way to keep your dog calm.
Temperature and Sound
Some dogs are sensitive to heat, which includes the temperature of the water and a blow dryer. If this is your dog, test the temperature of the water that works best for your pup. If it’s the sound of running water that scares your dog, fill his bath before hand and use a cup or container to gently pour the water over him. Most dogs hate blow dryers and are startled by the loud noises, the heat and the unfamiliar sensation of something blowing at them. Try desensitising them by starting with the drying on low, far away, not pointed directly at them. If this still doesn’t work, it may be better to gently pat them dry with a towel.
Your pup may hate bath time because he doesn’t like the smell of the products you are using. Make sure you pick out a shampoo that is made specifically for canines - your own shampoo might smell like coconuts and sunshine but many of the ingredients in human shampoos are inappropriate for dogs as they can be harsh on delicate canine fur and skin. Look for a shampoo that is either unscented or subtly scented to avoid annoying your pup.
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