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    Hi Leejane!

    Your bub is only very young, this sweet souls Mum would have kept her spotlessly clean herself, up until this point. So this, along with many other things are a new experience.

    A soft face washer is good, along with a comfortable water temp. Keep bath time short, fuss free and simple for now. Reward her afterwards with a gorgeous rub in the towel, praise and a treat.

    I would highly recomend Alloveen shampoo by Dermcare as the Ph level is designed for doggies special skin. It is around $20 for an average bottle but lasts a long time. Soap can damage the Ph of dogs skin (esspecially puppies) and then you may face another hurdle.

    Lastly remember your puppy is very much a baby. She will improve and learn to enjoy bathtime over a short time if it is a positive, rewarding experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leejane View Post
    My partner and I tried to wash our 8 week old Staffy, we understand she was too young to be all wet but she had anti-spray at the vet 2 days before and she was stink! So my partner had to carry her while i wet her, i didnt wet her head so it wasn't that bad.

    But my dog is definitely scared of water. Now, i jsut use a wet cloth with tiny bit of soap to wipe her then again wipe her with a clean cloth. She always think the cloth is one of her toys, try to bite it whenever i wipe her

    I think it iwll be a battle when she is old enough for a bath.
    Out of interest what is anti-spray? i have never heard of it!!

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    Oopps, I typed too fast, I meant Anti-Flee spray.

    It was so smelly that I had to wash everything with warm water after she had the spray for 24 hours.

    I believe she will love her bath soon because she was so happy after her bath, i think the bath made her feel a lot better.

    I am currently using this shampoo for puppy, i can't remember what's the brand but it smells pretty good and very light. I will definitely look for a better shampoo after this one.

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    Lol!

    Re fleas try Avantix....it's a 'spot on' treatment once a month.

    Sentenel is also great. A tablet monthly treats worms, gives heartworm prevention, and prevents fleas.

    They love towel/treat time don't they! Mine all run around like complete loons after a bath!!

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    UPDATE ON KIMBA

    Tonight I gave her a bath as she was really smelly and I called her into the bathroom and I was shocked as she actually came in (without me carrying her!) then I shut the door and put her in and she was So good!

    She stood there the whole time and I think she enjoyed it!
    She even sat down for me at the end to wash off that end.
    I am so proud of her and how far she has come. She didn't even run around straight away after she sat still while I dried her!

    I'm so proud of her!

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    Good girl Kimba and good mum for being patient with her.

    When I worked in boarding we had a regular boarder called Trixie. She was a rough coated Terrier type mix, about Spaniel size. She had been an RSPCA rescue. Someone had tried to drown her so she was always terrified of baths. However she didn't mind showers. Her owners showered her at home. We did the same thing at the kennels, standing her on the floor and using a hand held shower.

    It's a lot easier with puppies. You simply make their first bath a fun experience. I would put a few inches of water in the human bath with a few toys. The pup could then explore and play until they were settled and I could scoop a little water on them. No Pug I owned or bred was ever afraid of baths. They all loved them. This might prove helpful to new puppy owners.

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    Hi there, Maggie Blue makes a great Cleansing Mist if you pup is afraid of the bath. All you do is spray on and wipe off! Really good for those dogs who don't or won't get into the bath! You can find us at Maggie Blue Australia Enter 15NEW in coupon section on checkout and receive 15% discount. Good luck! Maggie Blue
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    our dog love the water thay jump in to my horses bath tub he drink from on hot days

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    Pepsi was afraid of bath time when we first got her, now she is a water dog, we got a baby matt, a soft non slip matt, from a friend who was throwing it away and it helped enormously, also we play ball in the tub, she is small enough to move around in the tub, so i toss in a tennis ball and she pushes it around, makes actual washing tricky but rinsing is a breeze. I will be trying the shampoo bottle trick, although we use alloveen i usually dilute it down, it makes it easier, but i never thought of mixing it in an easy to hold bottle.

    Well done to kimba and her mum on the bathing progress, it is always hard with a dog, whose history you dont know. it proves that with love and patience anything is possible.

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    What a good puppy, well done for behaving so well so quickly to Kimba.

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