Keeping your doggie clean can be a challenge, especially if your doggie is large, or squeamish about getting wet. Many people leave this task to professionals, trusting dog groomers to keep their doggies trim and tidy. We’ve even met some dog groomers who have a portable business and come to your home, which is right up our alley. A quick internet search will let you know if there’s a local option available. If not, and if you can’t make it to the dog groomer – we’ve got a few tips to make the task easier and more enjoyable for you and your doggie.
#1 – Set The Scene
Being prepared is key if you’re going to bathe your doggie at home. Unless you have a teacup-sized buddy that you can bring into the bath with you (hey, #NoJudgement), you’ll need to gather up necessary items such as towels, tub toys, shampoos and cleaners, and treats. Also, get a non-slip mat to put in your tub, because paws and porcelain and plastic don’t always mix. You don’t need any scary, slippery, scrambling moments when you’re elbows-deep in wet fur and water.
#2 – Play, Play, Play
The goal is to make the bathtub or shower fun, so encourage your doggie to enjoy themselves with water-safe toys. When you doggie is more confident and comfortable in the environment, it’s less likely that they’ll panic on you. You want bathtime to be calming, or, at least, enjoyable. If it means you make or buy a couple specific bathtub-friendly toys that you bust out only to get the deed done, so be it.
#3 – Just Add Treats
Hey, we make delicious doggie treats for a reason. Use ‘em! Is your doggie happily playing in the bath – treat! Did your doggie do super well getting water poured all over them? Time for a treat! Are they all done and getting wrapped up in a big fluffy towel? Seems like a good time for a treat. While you don’t want to over do it, you definitely want to make bathing a rewarding experience. It’s good for doggies to get clean, and you can’t always make it to the groomer, so it’s great for them to enjoy a bath at home.
#4 – Have Some Help
Bathing your dog at home doesn’t have to be a stressful struggle – as long as you’re prepared and ready to reward your doggie for excellent tub behavior, it can be enjoyable for both of you. Of course, some doggies that are large, or have anxiety, might be a bigger challenge, so use your best judgement on how to proceed. We recommend having a helper the first couple of times you bathe your doggie, just for emotional, if not physical, backup.
Do you have any tips and tricks to make washing dirty doggies easier? Spill your secrets in the comments below.