A Jack Russell dog who doesn't like to bathe :-(

@pelya178 (694)
United States
December 12, 2006 10:50am CST
I have a Jack Russell he's about 4 years old now. And anytime i try and give him a bath he growls and barks and bites me. He's really vicious for such a small dog. :-( but hes alot bigger than those small jack russell's u see on tv. so the only way i can manage to bathe him is if i put a muzzle on him n trap him in a blanket n quickly get him in. and even when hes in. He's all tense and stiff about me washing him. Does anyone know any easier ways? :-(
31 responses
@gscs1838 (1536)
• Malaysia
12 Dec 06
bathing a dog doesn't have to mean you and your bathroom will get soaked! preparation is the key. gather the necessary equipment first. You will need : 1. Mineral oil 2. Cotton ball 3. Rubber mat for tub 4. Hand-held spray attachment for shower 5. Shampoo (tearless/flea/and/or pH-balanced for dogs) 6.Creme rinse 7. Towels 8. Blow dryer step by step to bathing a dog first things first. if your dog is matted, it is essential that you brush out the tangles before the bath as, once wet, these tangles clump together like a thick felt and become impossible to comb out or pull apart. next, to avoid discomfort for your beloved pooch, it is wise to apply a little mineral oil or vaseline around his eyelids. this will help avoid eye irritation from soap and water that can get into the eyes. with a bit of practice with the sprayer, you will be able to avoid such mishaps. before the bath, you can use some cotton balls in the ears, which will provide protection from water getting into the ear canal. (retained moisture is the most common cause of ear infections). finally, place a rubber mat in the tub to help prevent slipping and to gain better control. if you have a cloth leash and can secure it in the tub to the taps or towel rack, putting your dog in it will help keep him in control and actually make them feel more secure. doing this allows you to have both hands free to do a good job. where to bath your dog? where do you do the deed? well, the most common place is the family bathtub, but if your dog is small enough, the laundry tub is preferred as it is raised and will save strain on the back. If you have a large dog and double laundry tubs, you can put the front legs in one tub and the back legs in the other, having the dog straddle the two. now that you dog is in the tub and secured we can get to it. run the water away from the dog to reach a warm temperature. dogs don't like cold water out of a hose inside any more than they do from a hose outside. of course, too hot is not good either. male dogs react quickly to water too hot on their private parts. :) Start at the back end of your dog and work up to his head. most dogs dislike water on the face and getting to it gradually may ease some of his tension. the exception to this is if you are bathing him to rid him of fleas. It is important then to start at the top (head) and work down. once your dog is thoroughly wet you start applying the shampoo in the same order. work the shampoo in with a squeezing motion as rubbing and scrubbing can cause mats to occur on longer-haired breeds and even cause skin irritation on any of them. be sure to clean between the toes and under the front and back legs. face too! you can use a face cloth to wipe away any tearstains without getting soap in the eyes. not everyone will be comfortable with expressing the anal glands. they are two small glands, about the size of a pea, that are located on both sides of the rectum. These glands can become full and uncomfortable for the dog and if you notice him scooting his bottom on your rug, he probably needs them emptied. the glands are scent glands and create quite a strong odor. have you ever noticed when two dogs meet for the first time they greet each other by checking out the others rear end? this is to help them determine if the other is aggressive or afraid etc. Anyway, down to the using your thumb and pointer finger, get behind the little gland and gently squeeze up and out to express the fluid out of the rectum. sometimes the fluid will be thick and pasty and sometime thin and watery. any time it is green, there is a good chance he needs to see the vet as it indicates an infection. rinsing is important. make sure you get all the soap off as it will leave the coat dry and dull and in some cases, can even cause itchy dandruff. a cremerinse is a good idea if you have a longhaired breed or a conditioner if your dog's coat is dry. aain, be certain to remove all residues. Drying can begin with squeezing excess water out and then towel blotting. This will reduce blow-drying time. Long coated breeds must be blow dry as leaving him to dry naturally will promise a matted dog in the end. Try to train your dog to lie on his side to be brushed while drying. This will make your job much easier and you will do a far better job. A warm setting and a soft brush can relax the dog and may even put him to sleep while you and he have time for silent communication. Once your dog is dry and brushed out he will be ready for the next steps of good grooming. Next month I will go into the procedures of Nail, Ear, and Tooth Care. Happy Grooming !!
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
Did you type this yourself or is this a copy/paste from a website? If it is you should at least credit the real author.
@JashleyB (1441)
• United States
12 Dec 06
That's very interesting and useful tips.
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
They are good tips and they were written by this person here. http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/dog_grooming/18141 Sorry, but I believe writers should at least be given credit for their own words.
@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Wow, if he is biting then you might try taking him to behavioral classes which would help him see you as the alpha dog. That would help when bathing as well as in other situations too. Our local pet store offers classes that have been handy for us, and dogs of any age can take the classes.
• United States
13 Dec 06
True, if your dog is growling and biting you, its dislike of bathing is the least of your worrys... :/
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
13 Dec 06
If it were me, I would try to make bath time a better thing, maybe you could try giving him his favorite toy in the tub, or his favorite treat while you are bathing him. My dog likes it when I sing to her, it will take time to change his bad behavior, but you can do it if you try.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
13 Dec 06
If it were me, I would try to make bath time a better thing, maybe you could try giving him his favorite toy in the tub, or his favorite treat while you are bathing him. My dog likes it when I sing to her, it will take time to change his bad behavior, but you can do it if you try.
@JBD189 (345)
• India
13 Dec 06
I friend of mine has a dog who is afraid of water. But, she also has two rowdy sons. Once while we were at a beach, the two boys carried the dog and flung him into the water. Try that !!!
@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
13 Dec 06
there is no easy way. You might want to stop puting him in a blanket that is scaring him just pick him up and talk to him the real nice and place him in the tub gently. Also give him a bath more frequently. Good Luck
• Malaysia
13 Dec 06
hmm.. maybe u can punish the doggy ;(
@exchange (949)
• Australia
13 Dec 06
you cant do anything as you let your dog become the leader of the pack you must fight to become leader and it will be hard and take time if you stayed leader from the time you got your dog then there would be no trouble it is your fault you do not know how to live with a dog you should not be allowed to have a dog you are mistreating your dog
@jmcruz (11)
• United States
13 Dec 06
If he likes treats, start by getting him to just come into the bathroom with you and give him lots of praise and treats when he's in the bathroom. After a few days of that, start putting him in the tub (don't turn the water on) and give him treats and LOTS of praise while hes in the tub. It will take a while, but once he sees the experience as positive, it will be easier. Also, I would suggest having the water in the tub already, not running the faucet while he's in it.
@arman9890 (452)
• India
13 Dec 06
well then do one thing.. Keep one bone in the bath tub and keep him busy playing with it.. I think he will like the bath place more than anything else
@josan181237 (1205)
• Philippines
13 Dec 06
go to the beach hehe
• India
13 Dec 06
Dogs are very firm in this case. I dont know why they are against bathing. I remember one of my cousin, He used to On the shower force the dog into bathroom and close the door. Then after some time when he used to be sure that the dog must be wet by now, he used to open the door and close the shower tap and put soap all on the dog's body. Then he used to again on the shower & get out.
• United States
13 Dec 06
thats the only method i know
13 Dec 06
Over here we have a "Pooch Mobile" that comes round, baths your dog and then rewards the dog with some biscuits at the end and my dogs scared of water (from when she was treated badly by a previous owner and he tried to drown her) but she absolutely loves having a bath and it makes her smell really nice too. She has it once every month and it's pretty cheap considering everything thats done! I'm sure there'll have a similar kind of thing were you are so maybe you should try that:)
@sanell (2113)
• United States
13 Dec 06
wow, is it that he does not like to bathe or is it that he des not like the water at all? I guess I ask because my JRT was very timid about being in the water, and YES Jrt's can be vicious for being little dogs, but they are hunters in their nature, not like a pit bull but still those are terriers too. Anyway, does the dog like to go in a small swimming pool? Does the dog like to go in the water at the beach or lake or anything like that? sometimes it may be easier to make sure the water is nice and warm, when my JRT would go in tub, she only liked it if it was warm water, and then she woudl be fine...but she was like maybe a 20 lb dog and small so she could not really jump out of the tub on her own, we had a deep tub too. She hated the soap part too but as long as I made sure that she was kept warm she would cooperate nicely. I hope that he gets a bit better that is too bad...there has got to be an easier way, one way would be to take him to a groomer and see what they do or ask questions, maybe even ask his vet too...Good luck
@xr650l (5)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Become a pack leader. Watch "The Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan.
• United States
12 Dec 06
His problem might not be the water but fear of the bathing facilities. Tubs are slippery for us, imagine having a paw instead of a foot...dogs feel more confident when they are sure of their footing and act more reasonably. There are oils and powders which can take the place of bathing your dog. These won't reduce the essential oils in his skin and will remove most the dirt and all of the smell. What of his behavior after the bath? Is he itching, is he scooting along the floor? He may have an allergy to one of the products you are using and he associates the discomfort with the bath. I had a dog that hated baths, but he loved the shower, he was pretty fond of the kiddie pool too come to think of it...He loved the shower so much we had to put him out when we used it or he'd howl at the bathroom door the whole time one of us was in there...so maybe a shower would suit your dog better. If the water is too hot bath time can be a problem, one time is all it takes. Lukewarm is about all he can stand. If there was a time when the water was uncomfortably warm for him, he will remember that discomfort and associate it with the bathing rituals. All I can really say is try different things until you find one that both he and you are comfortable with.
• South Africa
12 Dec 06
Wow it sounds pretty bad! You can also try taking him for a long walk before his bath. A tired dog is always less likely to freak out about bath time!
• United States
12 Dec 06
My jack russell hates being forced into a bath, however, if you fill a large kiddie pool with water and repeatedly toss his ball into it, he willingly bathes himself repeatedly jumping in after the ball. Eventually you can then then sort of play tug with him in the pool with one hand and wash him with the other. Use his tenacity and stubbornness against him in other words. He wont let go as long as you hold your grip on the ball or toy item, giving you ample time to wash him with the free hand.
@locotime (147)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
Imagine that, another dog that owns a trainer.