Dog Bathing Hacks

Does your dog run and hide when he hears the word Bath? While we suspect that our canine friends enjoy feeling clean and fresh, they aren’t quite as enthusiastic about the process of getting clean. We are here to help! Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet offers some dog bathing hacks.

Splash Guard

Pick up a clear shower curtain. Get hooks to go with it, rather than rings, so you can put it up and take it down quickly. You’ll want to make two slits in it. The cuts should be about four feet high, starting from the bottom, and shoulder-width apart. If you hang the curtain just before doggy bathtime, you can use the arm slits as holes, so you won’t get splashed as much.

Prep

Before bringing your furry pal into the tub, put a few towels down on the floor, to soak up water spills. You may also want to put a rubber mat in the tub, to protect it from scratches. We recommend brushing your pooch before his bath. Then, take your canine buddy for a nice long walk before his bathtime, and play with him for a bit. If Fido is tired, he’ll likely be much calmer during his bath.

Overcoming Doggy Objections

If your four-legged friend really hates bathtime, you may want to work on changing his mind. Call Fido into the bathroom, and have him jump into the tub. Then, just give him a yummy treat, and let him go. Keep doing this, and before long, you’ll find that your furry buddy is suddenly much more willing to hop into the tub.

Supplies

Get a shower caddy, and keep all of Fido’s grooming supplies in that. That way, you will have everything you need in one spot. Be sure to use only products made specifically for dogs: human shampoos are much too strong for pets. You may want to invest in a pet sprayer attachment for your tub. A plastic pitcher will also work great for rinsing.

Kiddie Pool

You may find it easier to get a kiddie pool, and bathe Fido outside when it’s warm. This will definitely cut down on the mess. Don’t forget to snap some pictures of your furry friend in his bath!

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Marietta, GA animal clinic, today!