How to Bath a Dog at Home in a Friendly Way?

Would you like to wear the same sneaker or jeans without washing for months? I’m sure you won’t. Then how can you leave your pet dog without a bath for months?

But as long as you’ve landed in this post, you are having troubles with bating your dog at home. Maybe, you face a hard time to take the dog from its crate to the tub.

What you should do is, to turn the bath into something that attracts the dog, both physically and mentally. After an interview with a dog expert we have come up with a solution. And that’s what this article is based on.

Let’s head towards the ways of how you can train the dog to love bathing.

Tips to Bathing Your Dog at Home 

A simple but effective way can be the very solution that we are in right now. We’ve explained them in order-

  • Before Bath time, Give your Dog  Some Physical Exercise

This is one of the quickest and most effective tricks to make your dog craving for a bath. After a 20 minute walk or run, the dog will feel sweaty, hot and exhausted. And surely, it will likely to take a dip in the water. This can be an advantage in some cases.

Also, there is another advantage. Your dog will have less energy to fight you against taking a bath.

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    Stay Cool and Steady

It’s too natural to lose temper and force the dog to take a bath if your dog is too stubborn. But we suggest you not to do so.

Instead, try to convince your dog to take a bath when you have enough time to deal with it. This would be helpful for both you and your dog.

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    Turn the Bath time into a Fun Time

For dogs that don’t like bathing, it can be more optimistic if it doesn’t find it funny. But it should not be a concern because it’s not fun at all. What you have to do is to grab its attention to bathing as fun.

What you can do is- you can bring it the tub while playing. Bringing it near the tub can be the most important part of the game you’re playing. And then, start the bathing process as a part of the game. I think it will subconsciously take part in the bath, or the game as you would like to say.

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    Don’t Make the Water Uncomfortable for Dog

One of the most important concern is to make the water comfortable for the dog’s physical condition. Some dog’s like to bath in warm water and some like to do is when it’s cool. Also, very warm or very cool temperature can be shocking for dogs.

What I think is, lukewarm water is the best fit for almost every kind of dogs. Also, some dogs find the water  itchy or uncomfortable due to any physical reasons. Your job is to figure that out and mix something with the water, if necessary.

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    Try to Feed the Dog in The Tub

One interesting, but yet effective way of making bath time interesting is to feed it in the tub.

As the dog hates to have a bath, the tub is a place of terror to it. If you somehow can turn it into an interesting place, that would be effective. You can start with feeding it in the tub. Also, you can do some play in the tub for the same purpose.

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    Treat the Dog with a Reward

This is something familiar to most of the pet owners. Whenever you want your dog to acquire a new behavior, you reward it. Same can work for bathing.

Each time it takes a bath, make it realise that you’ve become so happy with it, and the reward is favorite dog food or dog toy.

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    The Shower-together Trick

This is the last and most interesting (to me) method to make your dog love baths is to join him. What I mean is, you have to wear your bathing suit and hop in the tub with your dog. For dogs that are likely to follow their master, this can be a very effective way.

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    Try to Help the Dog Overcoming the Fear

You know why dogs don’t like bathing? Well, there are many reasons. Some don’t like to be wet, some can’t adjust with the temperature, and some other  fear the running water.

There is no reason to get bogged down, whatever the case of your dog is, you can figure out a solution. If your dog fears to be splashed in water, try to grab some water and rub it on its face. Having a wet face may help him to be comfortable to take the whole bath.

If your dog can’t adjust with the water temperature, the solution is to change it. You can try to increase or lower temperature of the water and figure out the best fit for your dog.

And in case your dog is fearful of running water, the solution is simple. Just use a tub instead of hose pipe.

Watch Video How  to Give a Dog a Bath at Home

Bottom Line

Your love for your pet is enormous. So, a tiny problem like this can’t be even a problem if you try to be a little tricky with it. But one advice I would like to provide you is , If your dog’s skin is allergy-prone, don’t forget to consult your pet doctor before you do anything yourself.

Good luck to you and your pet puppy!

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