Camden's Mom Posted October 30, 2013 Report Share Posted October 30, 2013 We’re heading out to see family this weekend and (OMG) the dog was invited to come!! The family does like Camden, but is not comfortable with dogs in general, so this is a big deal. I’m not one for bathing my dog unnecessarily but it had been two months and he smelled, well, like a dog. We gave him a bath last night and I swear he gets more and more terrified each time we do it. How can I convince my dog that bath time does not mean I’m going to cause him bodily harm??? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. I’ve included a step by step of what bath time looks like at my house, if that helps at all. I prep the bathroom beforehand so everything is ready – Pre- heat the bathroom, put a towel in the bathtub to prevent slipping, shampoo right at hand, clean towels for drying, water (we use an extendable shower head) set to a lukewarm temperature. I leash the dog and bring him to the bathroom. At this point he is keenly aware of what’s going on and is curled up in the saddest little ball of fur you’ve ever seen. I do NOT pull him. I do NOT coddle him. This stage can actually take awhile, as there will be a lot of two steps forward, one step back. Once he has entered the bathroom on his own, I close the door and unleash him. I lift him into the tub, at which point he pees all over me and starts to tremble. Yes, he got a potty break before bath time. I use a calm, steady voice to assure him I am not trying to murder him with water. I use calming signals (lip licks, yawns, blinking) to try to assure him I am not trying to murder him with shampoo. Nothing works. He shakes and is terrified the entire time. Everything is fantastic once he’s out of the tub. He seems to like being towel dried and, even though he seriously wants OUT of the bathroom, the trembling, tail tucking, etc. have all passed. I should mention, this dog loves the rain and snow. He loves wading in streams and swimming in lakes. We’ve had him since he was ten weeks old and nothing bad has ever happened to him during a bath (unless you count becoming clean). The fear reaction seems to be getting worse. I'd really like to make bath time less stressful for my little guy. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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