How to Train Your Dog to Love a Bath?
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. 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. One of our dog expert has been interviewed with us, and come up with the solutions. And that’s what today’s article is based on.
Let’s head towards the ways of how you can train the dog to love bathing.
Tips to Make Your Dog Love Bath Time
A simple but effective way can be the very solution that you are in right now. We’ve explained them in order-
This is one of the quickest and most effective tricks to make your dog craving for a bath. After a 20 minutes’ 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.
It’s too natural to lose temper and force the dog to take a bath if your dog is too stubborn in this case. 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.
For dogs that don’t like bathing, it can be more optimistic if it doesn’t find it funny. But as per you and me are concerned, it’s not for fun at all. But no help there, you have to do something to grab its attention to bathing as fun.
What you can do is- you can bring them to the tub while playing. Bringing them in the tub can be omen 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 you can say.
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 eater itchy or uncomfortable due to any physical reasons. Your job is to figure that out and mix something with the water, if necessary.
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.
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 realize that you’ve become so happy with it. And reward its favorite Dog dry food or Dog toy.
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.
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 is feared to the running water.
No matter whatever the case of your dog is, you can figure out a solution. If your dog is feared of to be splashed by 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 some temperatures in the water and figure out the best fit for your dog.
And if case your dog is fearful of running water, the solution is simple. Just use a tub instead of hose pipe.
Your love for your pet is enormous. So, a tiny problem like this can’t be even a problem if you be a little tricky with it. But one advice I would like to provide you. 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!