Dog cleanliness

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Feb 15th, 2009 12:50
United Kingdom
Melissa_Noble
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My dog will not get in the bath and she smells she snarls and tries to bite me what should i do?
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Feb 19th, 2009 22:15
Florida
johannah
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Some dogs are deathly afraid of baths. Are you trying to put her in a tub already filled with water? If so try putting a rubber backed throw rug or even a towel in a dry tub. Put the dog in and them run the water into a big plastic pitcher and wet her down. Lather her up while giving lots of praise and reassurance. Then use the plastic pitcher to catch clean water to rinse her with. Some dogs never adjust to baths but I hope yours isn't one of them. If this doesn't work try rubbing her down with a wet wash cloth, especially her face, lips (inside and out) and feet as this is where a lot of odor originates on a dog. If all else fails wait til the weather warms, put the dog's leash on and bathe her outside with a hose. You may have to muzzle her if you are really in danger of being bitten but that actualy adds to the dog's stress so don't do it unless really necessary. If none of this proves helpful you may have to take her to a profesional groomer but I would stay there with her to ensure she is not abused. Good luck!
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Feb 22nd, 2009 18:20
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Melissa_Noble
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Thank you that is really good information but she has had a bath before but it is in the last few months she has grew afraid of the bath even when bribed with treats.
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