Eight Ways to Make Your Dog’s Bath More Pleasant

If your dog dreads getting a bath, why not make it more pleasant for him? Here are eight ways to make a dog bath more fun.

Is your dog terrified by the prospect of a bath? Just the mention of the word can send some dogs into a panic which makes the task of bathing your canine quite uncomfortable Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to make a dog bath a much more pleasant experience for everyone involved.

  1. Give your dog a bath outdoors.

    If the temperatures are warm, your dog will probably prefer an outdoor bath. Get a kiddy pool at your local toy store and use the hose as your water source. The pool will give your dog plenty of room and he may end up thinking of his bath as playtime. You may want to place a towel on the bottom of the pool to keep your dog from sliding around during the bath.

  2. Add a bath mat.

    If you’ll be bathing your dog in your home bathtub, place a rubber mat on the floor of the tub to keep your dog from slipping. A slick bathtub floor can cause your dog some anxiety and further perpetuate his avoidance of baths. Give him a secure rubber surface to stand on and he’ll feel much more secure.

  3. Turn your dog’s bath into a spa session.

    Give you dog gentle, soothing massages and rubs during his bath time. With this kind of special treatment, your dog may start to look forward to his scheduled dog bath.

  4. Add some soothing music.

    Play some soft music to calm your dog during his bath.

  5. Protect your dog’s ears from water.

    Carefully insert a cotton ball into each of your dog’s ears before turning on the bath water. Dogs don’t like the sensation of water in their ears. This simple step can significantly reduce your dog’s anxiety level.

  6. Choose a gentle shampoo.

    Many dog shampoos on the market are chemical based and very irritating to the skin and eyes. Choose an all natural dog shampoo that won’t irritate your dog’s skin.

  7. Avoid getting shampoo in your dog’s eyes during his dog bath.

    Make the water a pleasant temperature. Use lukewarm water when bathing your dog. Cold water is too shocking for your dog and you risk burns if you keep the water temperature too high. The water you use should be slightly warm to the touch of your hand.

  8. Praise your dog when bath time is over.

    Give your dog a favorite treat such as a dog cookie when he completes his bath. You dog will learn to associate bath time kind words and cookies.

Now you know that dog bath time can be easy for both you and your canine. By taking a few simple steps to make your dog more comfortable, the scheduled bath will go much more smoothly.

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  1. L.

    On June 5, 2008 at 1:58 am

    In bad weather when we can’t bathe the doggies outside, we put our swimsuits on and jump in the shower with our little dogs. It seems to really calm them down that we are in the tub splashing around with them. We also put their plastic/waterproof toys in the tub with them, although this isn’t helpful all the time-it’s sort of hit or miss…

  2. renae hannah

    On April 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    my dog stands on its hind legs and scratches my arms trying to hold on to me while its bath. she is scared to death of even an empty bathe tub and my other dog sits but she does the splits with her back legs because she thinks she is going to fall. how can i make my dogs less scared in the bath

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