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    I gave Kimba a bath earlier in the week and it was a NIGHTMARE!!

    She is about 26kg although made it seem like 260kg! She froze solid, barely breathing!
    Then after I wet her she totally freaked and tried jumping out. I managed to hold onto her to quickly shampoo and rinse (she struggled the whole time) but she Hated it.

    I would've given up earlier but she had rolled around on a dead bird.

    Our last dog hated a bath (loved swimming) but was okay once you soaped him up as he enjoyed the shampoo, brush, rub and blowdry (yes he would get out shake and wait for me where I kept it LOL!)

    I want Kimba to realise a bath can be a pleasant thing. As a bigger dog I really need a bit of co-operation.
    I can call those mobile dog washes to do it for me to save the hassle, but its an expense that I want to avoid and even then she'll still be terrified of it.

    I don't know why she is afraid ( I have only had her 3 weeks )
    I don't know what part shes scared of or even if it was her first bath!
    She wasn't scared of the bathroom, she just freaked when she got in and got worse as we went along.
    She might of had a bad experience with being bathed... I just don't know....

    Does anyone know what I can do to help teach her to relax and enjoy a bath?

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    Some dogs are affraid of water maybe due to a bad past experience, you will need to slowly get her used to it and reinforce that it is safe using treats etc. It wont happen straight away but over time she will get use to it and cooperate.

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    Do you have a tub or something similar close to the floor? It could be that she has had a bad experience, like fell out of a tub or something of that nature? Maybe a kids swimming pool or something of that nature might be a big help. also try to make having a bath lots of fun. Be relaxed give lots of praise and when drying off make it all seem like a game, if she wants to play tugg of war go for it. Good luck

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    I gave her a bath today and she was much better. I had treats ready to give her but she wouldn't take them.
    I managed to get her calm enough to not be restraining/blocking her from jumping out and I was able to get a give her a good scratch and she really loved it.
    She started to panic when I was rinsing her with a bucket but overall she was much better than the first time.

    Another bath related question- Is there a bubble bath or something similar for dogs? (for cleaning)

    My old dog bo had a special one that the vet gave him for his skin. ( he was allergic to mosquitos)

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    Hi Sharoo, well done with the bath, just a suggestion when rinsing, maybe try using a smaller bucket or a hose with a shower head on it that may help keep her calm. Not to sure about the bubble bath, but good luck with everything

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    Hi Sharoo.
    I use an old shampoo bottle, and put just a little shampoo in it, diluted with warm water. You can then squeeze it all over her as you're rubbing her. It's more efficient and easier (and quicker!) to get her lathered all over.
    Have you got her in the bathtub itself? I use a simple plastic shower hose that slips on the bath tap. I also make sure that I have a non-slip mat on the bath floor. Dogs always panic if they feel they're losing their footing, a suction type mat can be a simple reassurance.
    I'd just keep at it, they more quick, fun and non-traumatic baths she experiences the better. Drying can be fan, rubbing all over and a little wrestling with their owner and a towel is nice for most dogs.
    Have fun, don't get too wet!!

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    Hey, im having the same problem with my puppy, she hates getting wet and hates the idea of having baths, she is slowly getting used to the idea of getting wet and now every time she is in the bath i feed her a treat or two if she be's good. It is starting to work too so you should give it a go. Good luck

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    I used to have one of those mobile dog washing businesses and discovered that a lot of dogs who didn't like baths had been squirted on high pressure with cold water from the garden hose, over the head and face as well. Time and time again the same thing cropped up. Of course, some dogs just don't like baths, but most of my customers came to enjoy a hydrobath and a rub down afterwards, but especially the treat at the end! My biggest failure was a lovely heeler X who started to tremble about 5 minutes before I reached her house. She was always good in the bath, but as soon as it was finished she was off, refusing a treat every time. She'd have a walk up the street while I tidied up, then she'd come back and greet me like an old friend with no hard feelings - until next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Hi Sharoo.
    I use an old shampoo bottle, and put just a little shampoo in it, diluted with warm water. You can then squeeze it all over her as you're rubbing her. It's more efficient and easier (and quicker!) to get her lathered all over.
    Have you got her in the bathtub itself? I use a simple plastic shower hose that slips on the bath tap. I also make sure that I have a non-slip mat on the bath floor. Dogs always panic if they feel they're losing their footing, a suction type mat can be a simple reassurance.
    I'd just keep at it, they more quick, fun and non-traumatic baths she experiences the better. Drying can be fan, rubbing all over and a little wrestling with their owner and a towel is nice for most dogs.
    Have fun, don't get too wet!!
    Fantastic! i also use a small container to wash/rinse as it is less stressful

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    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.

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