Prepare your dog’s bath before you bring your pup to the tub. If you are bathing in a bathroom, heat the room with hot water running in the shower or sinks with the door closed. Once the room is warm, fill the tub with warm water. Only fill a few inches, so the water covers your dog’s paws. Making it too deep may scare him a bit.
Once you have everything set up, including your shampoo and towels necessary for drying your dog after his bath, bring your dog into the bathroom. You might consider bringing him into the bathroom on a leash. Once you are both in the room, close the door. This will keep the room warm and keep your pup contained in the room.
Avoid taking your dog straight to the bathtub. Spend a moment or two away from the tub talking to him with a calm tone. You can also give him a treat. A treat will raise his comfort level and distract him from whatever fear he might be feeling. Make this treat a high-value food, not just any food.
When it’s time to set your dog in the water, do so slowly with a calm voice and some treats ready for him.
Once your dog is in the water ready to bathe, only wet down a small section of him. This first time you bathe him, depending on how well he takes the water, you might only get his feet wet or wet and washed but not much else of him. Take your time and try this several times before washing too much of your dog. You may be able to wash his face once and get him wet down but not washed the next time.
Have lots of patience and make this acclimation slow for your dog. He will want time to get used to what you do each time you wash him. Try not to change your routine. Doing the same tasks each time, such as heating the bathroom, will provide comfort for your dog every time you wash him. His overall comfort will, in turn, improve as well.
Give your pup treats throughout the bath and after each bath. These rewards remind him of security and comfort.