Bath time is really the only time I wish my beagle was a lab!
We always had one heck of time getting our pups to stay in the bath long enough to get them wet the slightest bit.
They were just terrified of the bath!
Today we found a decent guide by certified professional dog trainer Jolanta Benal on how to make bath time less painful and keep both you and your dog out of therapy in the process.
Winter is the best time to convince our beagles that bath’s aren’t evil. 🙂
“With any luck at all, several months will go by without the need for an actual bath–meanwhile, here’s your chance to make the bathtub into a very special place. If your dog is totally phobic about the tub already, you may need in-person help with this. Otherwise, the following casual approach should do the trick.”
How to teach your beagle that the bath is a good and happy place…..Really!!
Start with no water in the tub. Every day place a treat in the empty tub and let your beagle’s nose find it. Once she finds the treat it’s game time!
“Turn jumping in and out of the tub into a game–have Dogalini watch you toss a treat into the tub, then let her go in after it. While she’s there, give her another treat, then encourage her to get out of the tub and do it again.”
Do this a few times each day until your doggy sticks around in the tub for awhile. Another thing to keep in mind. If your tub is slick on the bottom put in a rubber mat to give your little gal more confident footing.
Don’t be tempted to pick her up and just set her in the tub.
I know it’s faster and easier just pick them up and plop them into the tub especially if the sides are too high from them to climb in on their own. But dont’ do it. It’s important for doggie to have a full sense of control when teaching her to make nice with the tub. If the sides are too high consider buying or making some steps to aid them.
Now you’ve graduated to using real live water!
Dogs don’t like to be in the bath when water is gushing out of the faucet and nobody knows why. So when you start up the bathtub game again turn on the water but start at just a trickle. Be sure the water is warm. This begins the desensitizing process. and if you have one of those fancy hand held shower attachments.
“hook one up and water the sides of the tub–no spraying the dog just yet.”
Once your beagle is used to the running water now it’s time to to get her wet. Use the handheld attachment and use a very low pressure. Get her wet a little bit and be sure to give her treats afterward. Dry her off using a big fluffy towel and repeat a couple times more. Keep doing this every few days over a couple of weeks until you can get your dog
“comfortable with standing in the tub while you wet her down.”
Your beagle should be loads more comfortable with the bath so here are some tips to make bathing your pup even better!
- Brush your dog before a washing to cut down on drain clogging fur.
- Don’t use human shampoo. Use the real doggy stuff. If you insist on washing her head see if you can find a tearless dog shampoo.
- Keep medicated shampoos away from your dog’s eyes (it could damage them)
- If your dog is still a little nervous in the bath despite all the basic training keep feeding her treats while you wash her up.
- Keep water out of her ears and use cotton balls to help keep it out.
Another important point I hadn’t thought about.
“No matter how thoroughly you dry, Dogalini will still be damp, and nobody enjoys a post-bath chill. So I would totally go with a towel warmer if I had one. Some dogs get the zoomies after their bath. Others head right for the nearest upholstery and roll like mad. I’m fine with the zoomies but not so much a fan of wet dog on my couch. Stuff a food-dispensing chew toy in advance of the bath and park Dogalini in her crate with it after. You can cover her bed with old towels to absorb the damp from her coat.”
Some added grooming benefits to getting puppy all wet.
“Warm water softens nails, so Zippy’s after-bath spa routine could include that pedicure you’ve both been dreaming of. And once he’s fully dry, give him a brushing to remove water-loosened hair.”
So there you have it. I hope this guide is helpful. Please leave a comment below and share with us your own harrowing or not so harrowing beagle bath time tales.
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