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    Looking for some advice on giving a stress free bath....I've tried in a little doggy bath tub...kitchen sink....getting into the bath tub with him...the shower. Boomer flips out at bath time. So I wondering if anyone had some tips. I give him a bath once a week. And sponge his face, wrinkles, and tail every day...this doesn't bother him. Its just the full bath.
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    I have no advice on this. Brutus doesn't really like the bath but will stand stock still until it is over. Just wanted to say Boomer is super cute.

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    Default Re: Dreaded Bath TIme

    Why a full bath every week? The reason I ask is it is not good to bathe so frequent, it strips the natural oils from the skin/fur.

    My guys get a bath may be twice a year or as needed due to amonth of construction in the yard and they are full of dirt/mud on a daily basis!! UGH ...
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    Does Boomer like water at all? Harlea was great in the tub until she started getting bigger then she started freaking out a bit, so we just started bathing her in her little kiddie pool outside instead of the tub and she is fine. Eventually we are going to get one of those elevated doggie bathtubs and give it a shot.
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    Default Re: Dreaded Bath TIme

    Shy used to love bath times now she hates them so far for the past year im struggling with her too ,as she cant hear my voice even tho i talk to her gently ,stroke her she seem at ease when she can rest her head on my shoulders which is a bit awkward for me but at least Shy stay rather calm ,one thing while she has her bath i dont wet her face -that can be cleaned after -it seem to work for us
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    hm sarah is fine in the sink bathing her. she will stand there until i am done. i also do not wash her face while bathing to keep the yeast at bay due to wetness. i do her face later if needed. the only time i would think they would need a bath that often is if dirty or smelly or they have a skin problem like sarah otherwise the less often the better. perhaps some treats afterward or during to make it something they enjoy to.

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    Well here's my deep dark secret. But I promise its based purely on psychology. Nothing weird LOL. I actually get in the shower with baxter and I do my thing, while he sits there, confused, but curious what is going on. In very little time, he's all wet, and the water is perfectly warm and comfortable. I turn off the air conditioning so the bathroom isn't cold and he doesn't shiver. I constantly, constantly, constantly talk happy and upbeat to him. This keeps the experience calm and happy. At some point I lather him up with something, and he barely notices. He gives me a little stink-eye ... but for the most part he just looks a little bewildered. Yet calm. I try to be very aware of his reactions to things he doesn't like. I dont rub him hard and drown his face in soap like I see people doing on youtube videos. They are so rough. I just work through the process, as I shower myself, and as far as he's concerned, we're playing in the warm rain. At least thats my goal. This may not go on forever, but as a puppy its working great. First time he got super stressed and freaked out but ever since, he's been fine. He always bounces out of the shower area and into his towel. Rolls around in it as I dry him off. He hates the hair dryer so I hold it far away and continue talking sweetly to him. Distraction is key. By the time we're done he's not traumatized whatsoever. I think getting him into the shower area and closing the door, and allowing him to stand away from the showering down water gives him an opportunity to acclimate and relax a bit. Thats how I've been doing it lately.

    On other important thing: Lots of fresh water right before the shower. This stops him from devouring soapy water and making himself puke afterwards.

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    Fergus also hated the bath tub but he loves the shower. When I take him in the shower with me he tends to be more relaxed and see it as being fun. It also saves my back and knees. I make sure he stays out of the direct spray and let him play around with toys in the shower. I will wash him and make it a game. I only do this as needed maybe once every 3 weeks.

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    Stinky will run to the bathroom for a bath. He will jump in the tub and look at me. I put a rubber mat down so he wont slip.And have plenty of treat in my pocket. I have always used his dog food for treats. And am constantly telling him Good Boy. Now drying him off is another story..lol

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    Default Re: Dreaded Bath TIme

    Well, I guess it would depend on how old your dog is. I was able to use the bath tub until my bullies turned six or more months old. Soon afer, I transitioned them to use the shower, and now they take showers with me. It took lots of training to get them into the shower. I usually have to coerce them into the shower chamber with a favorite toy or treat, and once the shower is over, I give them a treat immediately, so they see and understand a good thing happens when at the end of the shower.

    Hope this helps; Good luck-))

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    Thank you
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    Chumley hates going in...but once he's there he stands still untill I'm done with him.

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