Does anyone have a solution to keep the dog in the tub. Last time I gave Blaze a bath I was in the tub and she was running away.
I don't want to hurt her but I sure would like to hold her in there. She acts like a spoiled child and cries like a baby all the while I give her a bath. When she was a pup it was a weekly bath but that was with me in the shower. She was no problem. Well now at 65 lbs I can't take her in the shower any-longer. I suppose I spoiled her.
I have tried the clip them in approach that ended up with her on the outside of the tub clipped to the tub. I then have to lift this wet dog back into the tub! I'm always lifting this wet dog back in the tub. Can you tell I plan on baths this afternoon?
Thats what we get, I guess, when we spoil them. Mine have been groomed all their lives and they are getting worse with every groom. Mandy even lays down. Bet they have never tried grooming one laying out. She cries sometimes and ducks her head down like I am killing her. Max is the only one that acts half way deceit. Tina is getting just like Mandy. Wish I had some good advice for ya. As far as my group, I just cry with them.
I got Merphy used to and comfortable with baths early on by talking very softly to him while running the water over him. I can't say that he really LIKES getting baths, but he does tolerate them well. I gave him a bath tonight, and half way through realized that I forgot his towel upstairs. I told him to stay, ran upstairs with the water running, and came back and he was just sitting there waiting for me.
BUT, my dog is 20 lbs, and yours is 65. Petco and Petsmart sell these leashes where one end is a clip and the other end is a suction cup. They come in a set of two, so you put each one in a different place, and clip them both to their collar, so they can't move either way.
Wiley - I have never had a single dog who actually "liked" having a bath. So - I've given up on the concept of being "the one on the outside" giving the bath - it's a family affair.
The first things is - buy a rubber matt to put on the floor of the shower or tub - it makes the dog feel better about their footing.
Now -I too have tried leashing the dog to the tub - I tied it to the tile soap holder.... all I can say is "ouch" - when you have one of those flying around on the end of a leash -it hurts when it hits you.
So - instead, I get into the tub, step on the leash (giving him enough room to keep his head up of course) and straddle him. I have a detachable shower head in our tub that comes in handy - and it has a turn off switch on the shower head. My son stands in the bathroom with us and feeds the dogs treats while I get the bathing done.
I can't say it's easy - and I certainly don't look forward to it.... but I usually don't wind up with bruises anymore and the dogs don't seem as traumatized at the end of the day....
I am now very thankful that it rarely gets cold here. I give my big ones a bath outside (leashed to the tree) and my small ones in the large side of the sink. If I had to get my big dogs in the tub we would probably all drown!
LOL, I can just see the soap holder flying around. Ouch!
I agree with the leashing them to a tree, at least for me. Thats what I do. I have three full grown mastiffs that, for some reason, are deathly afraid of water. I have totally resigned from coming away from it dry and without a few bruises. I suppose thats why i only give them a bath at the beginning and end of summer. Little less traumatic on them and me as well!!
I forgot to mention that I only do it during the summer months here because it gets too cold in the winter too. Right now its 36 outside!! by the middle of the week, we should be at about 12 for a high!