3 Reasons Why Your Furry Friend Hates Bath Time

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Every dog owner will know the struggle of weekends when you have to give your furry friend a bath to make them squeaky clean again. It’s messy, uncomfortable and tiring as hell and the activity is so exhaustive and difficult because dogs hate to take a bath! It is difficult to control and convince them.

Ever wonder why? Here are some reasons for why dogs hate to bathe:

1. They’ve had traumatic experiences in the past.

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Your dog might be associating bath time to other negative memories in the past. As a puppy, he might have been doused with cold water, had a drowning experience or someone might have been too rough with him during the cleaning sessions. The sound of running water might be associated with a bad memory or maybe, they have been made to bath rather forcefully, against their wishes.

All of this can lead to a bigger fear of baths and to counter this, you need to be patient with your dog and make sure you create a safe, relaxed and loving environment where it feels comfortable.

2. It does not sound or feels normal.

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To us humans, bathing is a daily activity and the entire process is as normal as anything else. However, for dogs, the sound of running water, the sound of bursting water from a hose, smell of soap, the drain pipe, the feel of a tub, etc. might be extremely unusual and scary. He may not understand the feel of water through his fur or a blow dryer drying him. All these new and unexpected feelings are enough to make them aversive to the idea of baths.

You should introduce the sounds and feelings one at a time and give them enough time to understand and get used to each experience before they feel comfortable enough to enjoy it as a whole.

3. It’s simply uncomfortable.

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Think about all the various aspects which could be making the bath uncomfortable for them.The tub might be too small, the water might be too hot and burning them or too cold and chilling. The pressure of the hose might be too much, the soap could be stinging their eyes or irritating the skin and they may be uncomfortable getting touched in certain body parts.

You must be slow and patient with the process. Test the water beforehand, be careful with soaps and shampoos and observe and pay attention to the dog’s behavior for indications as to what he likes and dislikes.

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Considering all of this, you should try to make bath time as fun and enjoyable as possible. Include treats, playfulness, loving hugs and pats to make it a positive experience. Be patient and slow, while being extra nice. Your dog will surely learn to associate baths with something happy and exciting.

 

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