Feb 15, 2009 at 12:50 #451297
My dog will not get in the bath and she smells she snarls and tries to bite me what should i do?Feb 19, 2009 at 10:15 #451298
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!Feb 22, 2009 at 6:20 #451299
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.Feb 22, 2009 at 7:48 #451300
Dogs are such strange creatures sometimes. Some little thing, that would completely escape a human eye, could have spooked her. Until such time as you can get her back into bath mode you may want to buy a dry bath product made especially for dogs. You just rub it in and it does a fairly good job of freshening the coat and pads. Then you could just use a wash cloth to clean her face. Also Johson & Johnson baby products makes a shaker with pure cornstarch. You could shake that into her fur, rub it good and then comb or brush it out. It will help to eliminate the doggy odor. If you decide to try that be sure you get the pure cornstarch which is safe, but do not get the talc powder which is not safe for dogs (or people for that matter). When shaking this on the dog be very careful not to get it near her face because you do not want her to inhale any of it. Hope this info helps. If not some other ideas may crop up.Apr 8, 2009 at 7:54 #451301
Helping a dog to enjoy a bath can be a long process. Especially if he’s afraid. It all has to do with conditioning. Conditioning had a role in scaring the dog, and can also be used to help the dog enjoy the bath.
First, you need to start in small steps. Get the dog near the tub, and reward for standing by the tub. The reward has to be something the dog absolutely goes crazy for, or it won’t work. Motivation is key.
When your dog is comfortable standing by the tub, take the next step and have him stand by the tub with the water slightly truned on so it’s not too loud and reward for not freaking out. Then gradually work up to having the dog in the tub with the water on, and eventually getting wet, and then eventually getting a full bath. Go slow, and don’t worry if you have to go backwards to go forwards. Only reward the dog while he’s calm. You will notice that if the reward is good enough, it will distract the dog from his fear. Don’t try to go to far to fast, go step by step.
The idea is that you want to condition your dog to see the tub as rewarding. The dog should see the tub and think of that special motivation that you used. Do not allow the dog to have the special motivation outside of the tub, or it will not be special anymore.
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