If you stop by your local dog groomer, you'll probably notice they make bathing big dogs look easy. The dog doesn’t fuss, the groomer gets in, gets the job done, and then steps back still nice and dry. How on earth do they do this? Remember the last time you tried to bathe your Newfoundland, Tiny? The whole bathroom looked like a tsunami hit it. The good news is that once you know how to bathe your big dog the right way, both of you will start enjoying the process.
Your dog doesn't spend hours a day licking himself because he likes the taste. He does it to keep himself clean. Yet, no matter how good your dog is at bathing himself (or thinks he is), he is still going to need a bath from time to time. Some dogs come to love being bathed so much they will actually pester you to give them a bath more frequently than may be good for them.
The worst part of bathing a big dog is that you are going to get wet, there is simply no avoiding it. Bear in mind that the calmer and more relaxed you appear to be, the more likely your dog is to pick up on your cue and behave in the same manner. Bath time is a great time for the two of you to bond with each other--relax and enjoy it.