If you’ve decided not to take your pooch to a groomer, the bathing is all up to you. But what if your cuddly canine launches into a fearful frenzy at the sight of soap and water?
Fortunately, there are lots of tips for easing bath time tensions. First, if you’re using a bathtub, make sure it’s comfy and not slippery for your pooch. Staying calm will reassure your buddy, too. If your dog doesn’t like the sound of running water, add some water to the tub before gently lifting him in. You might start by lathering his back end first, then use a cup instead of the faucet or sprayer to rinse him off.
Distraction can work, too, so be generous with treats. Some folks even smear a little peanut butter on the tub to keep their pooch occupied.
You might even find that once your dog gets used to it, bath time can be a great bonding experience.