Heidi is afraid of water! I tried to coax her in with treats and sit with her but as soon as the water went on she freaked out and jumped. Any Suggestions? I want to fix this asap shes gonna be one big dog soon!Thanks in advance!
You didn't give a lot of details but I assume you are trying to get the dog used to being bathed in a tub. Don't turn the water on to wash after putting the dog in the tub. Fill the tub with warm water first and then put the dog in it after it is full enough. Wash the dog gently and use a happy voice. When the dog is calmed down then is when you turn the water on as low a setting as possible and rinse the dog with warm water-use a big, plastic cup to rinse if you have to. No splashing or spraying. It might seem fun but to a dog scared of water it will cause the dog to focus on the water and get even more frightened. Once the dog is accustomed to the whole water, bathing thing you can try letting the water run normally or using a sprayer. For a severely scared dog you can start by just putting the dog in plain water, petting and soothing it and then taking it out to dry and get treats a few times over a couple of weeks before attempting to use soap.