My dog needs bathing tips....

@taface412 (3177)
United States
May 4, 2008 12:08pm CST
My dog is deathly afraid of bathing. SHe loves to swim in water, but hates to get a bath. I have tried and tried to give her a bath but everytime she freaks out. She also cannot stand the sound of hissing (like spraying sounds of anything). She has tangles in her beautiful puffy tail and I have tried using hair detangler-where I found out about the spraying fear of hers. She won't let me brush or cut the tangles out. She runs and hides from me. She is a medium size (25-30 lbs) Border Collie mix. SHe is a gorgeous loving dog and I do not want to frighten her she came form an abusive past. I have been thinking about using no rinse (no water needed) body wash for humans. Have not tried this one yet. SHe needs a bath desperately as she is LONG overdue. So if anyone has any tips please help.
6 responses
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
4 May 08
The hiss of the shower or hose is similar to the hiss of a snake...so of course the dog isn't going to like the sound. Plus, you don't know what the abusers did to the dog when it came to hoses and baths. I would suggest that you do what I have had to do with a dog of mine that didn't like baths. Take the dog to her favorite swimming spot and allow her to get wet. Then shampoo her and have her jump in the water again. It isn't the same as using squeeky clean water from the tap, but she will get the bath she needs so badly. Don't use people shampoo on her, but you might consider Maine and Tail shampoo and conditioner. It is originally for horses but I have used it for my hair and for my dogs. It's great and helps get the tangles out. I get the stuff at Wal Mart but I am sure that you could find it elsewhere.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
5 May 08
Hey, I just used your tip with the swimming spot and after a little "freak out" on her part (she even freaks out over the dog shampoo going on). But she calmed down and I think she evn enjoyed it a little. I know she felt good afterwards b/c she could not stop wagging her tail. So now I have to work on the tangles in her tail. thanks again.
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
5 May 08
I learned from living beside a lake and having Rottweillers. I discovered that it is so much easier to give them a bath if you combine it with something they love to do. As for working on the tail, use a distraction that will keep her occupied while you work on it. Don't expect to do it all at once...feel good if you can get a tangle or two out before she has to get up. After all Rome wasn't built in a day and tangles can't always be removed immediately. If you have someone who can bait the dog while you work on the tail-especially if there is something she absolutely loves to eat it will help keep her busy while you fuss with the tail.
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
5 May 08
Oh, I forgot to add that I am so glad that my suggestion helped. I have mini doxies now and they are so easy to bathe. I just pop them in the kitchen sink and in 10 minutes they're bathed and are drying. They are such cards when they finish with their bath, they prance and run through the house showing off that they feel so good and so clean.
@nice030481 (1108)
• Philippines
5 May 08
i think when you give her a bath you need to take a bath too, coz i think you will be get wet too. i think she cant go out on the shower room if you lock the door, therefore she have no escape from taking a bath.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
5 May 08
Oh you don't know Mimi...where there's a will there's a way. I cannot do a bath in doors with here...at least not yet. And she is remarkably strong and dealing with that would be too much on her and ME!!! And I did end up taking a bath with her...I had to get in the water with her for her to calm down LOL
@maliki2 (255)
• United States
4 May 08
We have two dogs. Only one is deathly afraid of being bathed, but he goes in and just crys. What about trying this...get one of those plastic kiddy pools, fill it with water and see if she will play around in it. If so wash her, while shes in there and let her run around some more. Maybe even climb inside with her? Might work and might not, but might be a suggestion. I'm not so keen on the non wet bathing solutions out there, but maybe its just because I don't use them.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
5 May 08
I agree with the no rinse stuff....it was going to be my last resort until I posted this topoic this morning. My girl did wonderful after a little resistance and I am going to get one of those baby pools (I was thinking something bigger, but that would work too) and my other outside dogs would love it. They love the water, but don't love baths. But we're getting closer.
• Canada
4 May 08
hi. i have some tips on giving your dog a bath (remember dogs only need to be bathed about once a month, unless otherwise suggested by your vet-good brushing is sufficient enough to distribute the natural oils in her coat to get rid of any dirt and keep her coat shiny) so, as far as bathing and brushing goes-it will take some time, but if you use these tips, you should have success. first of all, you might want to take her for a walk before you even start. drain some of her energy before you begin. make bath or brushing time as comfortable as possible for your dog. what you have to do is make your dog comfortable with the tools you use to bathe or brush her. lay them near her, allow her to sniff them and to just be comfortable with them around her. massage her and give her lots of praise with the tools near her. don't bathe her or brush her at this time. do this a few times, until she is totally relaxed. then, try brushing her. go slowly, massaging her all the while, and if she becomes uncomfortable, stop. try again another time. the key is to help her associate bath time or brushing time with a good thing, such as massage, or even play time afterwards. if she is afraid of the "hissing" noise the hose makes, then don't just spray her with it. start by just turning the hose on near her, while you are massaging her, so she associates the sound of the hose with something good. try these tips and you should have luck! and remember, don't use human grade shampoos and the like on your dog. they don't have the same skin, etc as we do, and they can actually strip her skin of essential oils! good luck!
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
5 May 08
Those are really helpful tips and in fact when I used the tip from an above post I did massage then shampoo in and it did seem to help her better. I also know you have to watch your tone of voice...my dog is very sensitive to negative tones. And I got her as a puppy, but I know abused animals are like abused children they never seem to let it go. But she is an awesome dog and she is so proud of herself for making it through her first official bath. Also I decided I am going to get a tub for outside and totally bypass the hose completely. And I will try those tips with the brushing.
@Galena (9124)
4 May 08
what sort of ingredients are in the no rinse? dogs are very sensitive to chemicals. I have a deerhound, and she hates being washed, so we use Lush T for Toes dusting powder, rub that on our hands and rub it through her fur. it's antibacterial, with tea tree and lime essential oils, and bicarb, so it absorbs bad smells and kills of bacteria that make her whiffy. www.lush.co.uk www.lush.com it's people stuff, but I use some of the bits on my dogs. the other dog, who loves his bath, gets washed in Tramp showergel. it's not tested on animals, but animals get to use it too.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
4 May 08
Well, the no rinse stuff is for people with sensitive skin (it's the kind you get at hospitals) but I may try your suggestions as it involves no water what so ever.... Thanks so much
@gy850710 (90)
• China
5 May 08
you'd better not to use that stuff for humans.i heard it is not suitabe for dog's hair.i think the dog need training,when it do well,give her something like food for prise.patiently,follow the right way. good luck to you!