Wiley - glad that I could offer some advice. Might I also add - that having the dog between your knees and bending down to wash them - is a really, really good leg exercise... better than the thigh master my friend! LOL!
You also might find a harness easier than using a collar in the bathtub....much less likely to come off when it gets wet and slippery. The nice thing about having the detachable shower head is that the dog doesn't have to stand in water. I also happen to feel that they get cleaner that way....
I have a 60 lb boxer and I take her in the shower with me evey 2 weeks. We are lucky enough to have one of the sliding glass doors on our bath and I think that has done the trick. If it wasn't for that she would probably run out of the tub also since that is what she tries to do until I close the door. At that point she is resigned to the fact that she is taking a bath. But afterwards when I am drying her off I get lots of kisses letting me know all is OK.
Hello WIley: Here is what I do with my cats and with my pupdog: I let them check out the bathtub and turn on the water in a tiny bit and let them check things out and use a washrag(letting them sniff it first and run it gently over them and praising them(use it like a puppy massage)I then turn off the water and let them play(with puptoys) in the bathtub until they feel comfortable in it and I turn a tiny stream on(droplets really) and let them check that out. get them used to how a bathtub really goes and praise them every time they learn something new use a washrag with the soap and gently wash or scrub them down and use a cup to rinse them off. wash them only one time for the first time and towel them off and praise them. Next time do the same until they feel comfortable with the baths(Big point: make sure the water is a tiny bit warmer than Lukewarm)not hot or cold. I give my cats and my dog a bath during the warmest time of the day so that they feel comfortable and not cold. My cats and my dog don't have a problem with taking a bath only with being wet. I towel them dry and they then start prancing around feeling all clean. I hope it helps you.
I feel your pain!! It has been so wet and muddy here. I have 2 great danes. The youngest 7 mos decided I needed a mud pit in the backyard. She was covered from nose to tail in at least 10lbs of mud! The other one wasn't so bad but bad enough! And all in 10 mins.
Anyways I rounded them both up in the bathroom. And here I am trying to pick up the 165 lb male as he is trying to lay down cause he knows its hard for me to pick him up in that postion. Finally after 10 min of trying I get him in the shower and close the sliding doors.
As I am washing him up she is shaking off all the mud in every crack and cranny in the bathroom. Mud was flying everywhere. It took me 3 hours to wash them and then completly scrub my bathroom. I wish it had been warmer so i could have washed them outside. If I can later I'll post pictures of it.
I could have cried then but at least i see the humor now!
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