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Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 20:38
by EstelleB
We bathed Tia today, and it is becoming more of an ordeal every time. She is absolutely terrified and nothing we do seems to calm her down. Today I realised that me & my daughter can't lift her anymore, so are reliant on her getting into the bath herself which is an interesting concept!

After much coaxing from us, and barking from her, we persuaded her in with some treats and me standing in the bath! I had to use all my strength then to stop her jumping out whilst we both tried to wash her!

Has anyone else been through this? My previous dog loved bathtime so I've no idea really how to calm her down? Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 20:47
by MrsAdmin
Do you have a shower you can take her into with you? Put a towel or bath mat in the bottom. She might be more reassured if she isn't actually sitting in water and you are with her.

We could never lift our two into the bath without serious blocks and tackle :lol:

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 21:20
by Liz!!
Have you put a towel on the bottom, if not a rubber mat? They don't like feeling unstable.

I just did very gentle showering of legs at first with OH feeding food - definitely on a mat, and tied her head to the taps with a short lead so she couldn't turn or jump out and hurt herself.

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 22:13
by Pollydoodle
We opt for the No Bathing in this house er the dogs that is!
Everyone much happier with this :roll:

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 22:26
by norton1989
I have had my plumber fit a contraption that mixes the hot and cold water to an outside tap [it adjusts under the sink for the temperature, it is really for old peoples homes to prevent scalding]. Then on the outside tap I have one of those long curly hoses and a garden sprinkler head.

If Henry needs a shower or even just his legs and tum washing as they do in this weather it's all done outside but with warm water. It prevents a mess inside and as he has his paws and legs washed every time he is really used to it.

Andy.

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 23:49
by EstelleB
Thanks for the responses, some great ideas. We do have a mat in the bath so she doesn't slip, she just finds the idea of it quite terrifying (bit like my 8 year old son really, they would both prefer to stink!).

I'll try the shower, she sneaks in there a lot but has obviously not twigged what it is for! Failing that, will try for the warm water idea & get the paddling pool out!

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 21 Jan 2014, 23:52
by Bid
Mine all go in the shower - Daisy freaked at the bath so it is far easier to use the shower. The first time I got in with her, but now she just stands in there and looks daggers at me :lol:

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 10:48
by thepadster
I don't shower Paddy too often but we have the hot and cold outside tap arrangement as he would never get in the bath. I left him with the groomer back in the summer and he came out smelling like a tart's boudoir. I couldn't believe it when she'd said they'd got him in the bath - god knows how as he kicks up a terrible stink here and I don;t have the heart or strength to force him.

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 12:18
by SfcBlaze
I started using a baby bath on the patio, before progressing to the big boy bath. It worked for me.

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 22:29
by dutydruid
Sure you have a doodle. Our boy jack jumps in the bath for a shower after a muddy walk and then back out for a towel down. Keep at it as it gets easier.

Re: Any tips for a doodle scared of the bath?

Posted: 24 Jan 2014, 11:42
by Jasper
Jasper is used to it now (2.5 yrs old!), but the challenge was getting him up the stairs to the bathroom :roll: :roll: he does this toddler style sit-down-dead-weight thing.
However, he is now 37kg and there is no way I would be able to lift him in the bath - so we are replacing our bath with a really fancy new walk in shower with a shower hose at the open end!
Still doesn't solve the stairs problem though!
Oh yes, and he is as good as gold for the groomer!

Jasper and Jo
xxs