Whether you’re giving your puppy his first bath ever or introducing an adult dog to proper bathing, the first time can be a little scary. Not all dogs enjoy being wet and covered in some kind of soapy substance, but since bathing is good for a dog’s health, it’s important that the first experience is a good one. Putting a little bit of extra care in this first impression of bath time can mean the difference between a dog that hates baths and a dog that gets excited whenever you get the water running.
Water faucets can be noisy, water can be cold, and shampoo can smell funny. Baths may not be your dog’s favorite activity in the world, especially if he’s confined to the tub. It’s your job to make bath time fun, exciting, and a little more bearable so that your dog doesn’t find it necessary to leap out and cause havoc.
Unfortunately for Fido, baths are a necessary part of proper dog ownership. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be such a struggle and can be an opportunity for a new type of play or relaxation with enough reinforcement. Keep bath time a fun affair by never being rough or aggressive with your pup while you give him a wash and he’ll be much more likely to come running whenever you get the water running!