Hello i am looking to get some feed back from other animal lovers and even better some animal professionals.... lol!
I have a 3 month old silky terrier, he is great and learning well. Like most pups he is scared of the bath, well i had the idea of taking him in the shower with me and giving him a bath while i take one. He then sees that "daddy" is not scared of the water and over time he wont be either......thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated Oh forgot one thing......the pups other parent thinks that i am disgusting perverted sick gross etc etc etc for taking the pup into the shower with me.
I don't think it is an issue. It wont hurt the dog, although they really don't think like you do. I don't think the fact that you hold the dog in the shower is going to make the dog like the water. I think just giving him regular baths and being calm with do the trick. All puppies are scard at first, and then they get used to it if it is done on a regular basis.
I had to lock up one of my aussies(bathroom door doesn't shut well) when I took a shower, or she would jump in with me. I alway let her out and left a little water in the tub for her play with. She now has a baby pool in her dog yard. She always loves playing in the water.
That's not disgusting at all.I should do that with my German Shepard but she hates taking a bath,and i think she would really really really hate a bath. I think you should do it. -------If you want to see my German Shepard look at my user picture at the left. Her name is Sheba. You could also check her page by the link on the bottom
I use one of those shower heads with the hose attached in my other bathroom to bathe my kid and now my pups. Works so much better and they aren't sitting in the dirty hairy water either. It all goes right down the drain.
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When my 2 year old Shar-Pei was a puppy she almost drowned in a pond when she tried to fallow my friends Great Dane in. After that she was terrified of the water to say the least. Even now she will not swim or even step in a puddle without checking to see how deep it is. When I give her a bath I have to talk to her constantly and use one of those shower heads with the hose so he does not feel like the tub is filling to high. She doesn’t love her baths like our male does but she does fine when I put her in the tub. Speaking quietly and comforting your pet is key to them feeling safe, and when they are safe and trust that you won’t let anything happen to them they do so much better.
I actually shower with both of my dogs rather than giving them a bath. One is a pitbull/boxer mix and the other is a pitbull/mastiff(I think). They do just fine in there with me. Due to their breeds they don't need baths very often and it's faster to do it in the shower then trying to bathe them since that takes longer and makes a much larger mess. Although both of my dogs like the water. Make sure to turn down the water or switch the setting so the shower sprays lightly otherwise it might really freak out your dog resulting in ALOT of scratches or clawing/biting.
I have to stand in the shower to give my dogs a bath also, using a shower head with a hose on it. They hate getting in there, I have to carry them in, but then they just sit there while I shampoo them. Although Sasha, our boxer, shakes like a leaf the whole time which I'm hoping will get better. We haven't had her that long and it was my first time bathing her. Cayson does pretty well, although he isn't thrilled with being in there either. It's just so much easier to be in there with them, once they are down I just clean out the shower and then take one myself.
i did that with my chihuahua when it came time to getting a bath she would freek out and hide. and since i started taking her into the shower with me she will wait by the door for me to call her in. its weird but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.
I've done it, my recommendation is going in with a plan.
First I groom and/or dremel nails as needed.
If you've got some team work going on, have someone be ready to take the dog and dry it up so you can wash up or the dog can angle itself somewhere the water doesn't hit it well and wait til you are finishing washing.
Like everyone else said, watch for water in the ears or in the face. Wouldn't hurt to switch it from shower to tub nozzle for a moment and have a large cup on hand to rinse the dog free of soap best. I use a nail brush on mine too because sometimes between baths they get muddy and the dirt will dry up on the toe nails and the funky dust from sanding the nails, bleh.
Have your towels within reach and probably a second ready for the dog on the floor. Then I clean my shower real quick with an antibacterial dish soap and a scrubbing pad once the dog is out.
Last step is a quick rinse under the shower head for yourself.
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I prefer to bathe Manson in the shower. He's almost 40 pounds, I don't hold him. But we have the removable nozzle so it's just like bathing him with the water hose except that he's not standing outside in the grass and the water's warm. Also it is a small shower stall, not the kind with a bathtub, so Once I shut the door he is contained in a small space, no room to run away. with the tub he will try to jump out if I turn my back for a second, plus the bending over the side of the tub isn't comfy.
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