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A common problem that becomes a dilemma for new fur parents is bath time. Have you ever encountered this problem too? However, it also depends on what your dog character. Whether she is a dog with full of energy dog “Sporty dog” or an easy, cool and calm dog.
The key point is you must remain calm and confident in handling this problem. And the most important is that you really know and are familiar with your dog as well. This will make things easier, especially in the case of bathing your dog.
How to Make Bath Time as Fun Time?
The most appropriate time to bathe the dog is since she was a puppy. Because puppies have a very high interest in something, they begin to learn to analyze and adapt to the surrounding environment and simultaneously formed along with the growth of her character.
Prepare everything before begin to bathing or shampooing your dog by providing all things you’ll need Such as Anti-Slip mat, Best puppy shampoo, towel, dryer, brush, and of course, luke water.
Bear in your mind, mistaken in bathing puppies would be a bad trauma for your dog during her entire life, As described by Dr.Karen Becker on her website. So, what is the right way to bathe your dog?
Tips to make bath time more fun
First introduced the Bath \ shower area as a safe and comfortable place to play. remember, At this time you only need to introduce the bath area not yet to bathing. Let her analyze and explore the surrounding area in order to feel more familiar and comfortable.
When a dog is frightened or worried about the environment, it’ll make her be protective caused by anxiety. If this happens, bathing your dog will be a disaster, no fun anymore
Asked her to come up with a soft and gentle voice and intonation, try to let her came alone without any coercion. you can give a treat as a reward when she does it well.
The next step, repeat and try again to let her approach you by herself, and then turn on the water to let your puppy hear the sound of running water. It would be a good sign if she tries to approach or touch the water while wagging her tail. Now your puppy is ready to bathe.
Do exercise by a long walk, especially for dogs with extra energy as a sporting dog. invited him to walk accompany you to make her tired and her energy gets drained
It can make your dog more enjoyable and comfortable with a good mood then she will remain calm and peaceful when you bathe
Prepare warm water before bathing your puppy. by using luke water can make her feel comfortable, and she would not get shocked when she touched the water.
Place anti-slip mat is a must to do. usually, parents bathe a puppy in the sink to make it easier, use an anti-slip mat so she does not worry about slipping due to slippery footing
place the items that you’ll use nearby. prepare and use the proper bath tools, such as the best dog shampoo, and never use human shampoo because it is not right and does not clean up properly. More details about the human shampoo on dog, described by expert dog groomer Barbara bird.
put towels near the sink to be easily accessible, so you can immediately cleaning or drying your dog when the accident occurred such as the water gets in your puppy eyes or ears.
Use treats and toys, to make it more fun and usually this will make your dog mood to be good, the best way to train puppy by using a treat to call him approach you to take a bath, put a rubber ball that she likes in the sink and let her play it when you start introducing warm water into her body so she would not worried or concerned about the water.
Start slowly don’t rush, slowly and remain calm, if you are calm and confident then your dog will feel your energy and she will remain calm and comfortable, you can accompany play with her favorite rubber ball, it could make her calm and happy with her tail wagging even when she was on top of the sink
Massage your puppy, Once her feet touched the warm water pour the whole body with luke water slowly while massaging her so she relaxes. then shampooing her to the entire body, but the upper neck area and head were last cleaned to avoid water get into the ears and eyes. clean the heads more carefully and slowly to prevent water splashed over her and especially to keep the ears area remains dry.
Dry Her with a towel or dryer .You can use a soft fluffy towel to dry the fur and skin, to make sure her skin is free of water you can use the dryer, but be careful when using the dryer, keep a distance of at least 1 meter from your dog’s skin to prevent burning her coats
It is important when bathing a puppy is to stay calm and make it fun and enjoyable. Great preparation and how you create the mood of your puppy feel comfortable is the key to making her calm. Then, bathe a puppy is not a problem anymore even it going to be something very delightful for you and also for your puppy. How often you bathe your dog? Bathing the dog should be once a month if more than that you should consult with your vet.