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    Batty is a gorgeous puppy, he is very smart (already knows sit, drop and wait for dinner, I'm teaching him calm now) BUT we have an issue with bath time that I don't know how to tackle. He hates bath time, and he squirms and cries as though I'm killing him. I don't reassure him or anything, but I talk to him in a fun voice telling him he's a cute little Batty boy and when he's clean we can play games and have fun, or I sing along to the music playing (I always have music going of some kind or another!).

    I just can't get him to calm down. I don't know how the rescue group bathed him (I was told he'd been bathed a couple of times already) but I think he had the other puppies there at the same time.

    I'd love for him to tolerate, if he can't enjoy, his baths. I know not all dogs like them, Batty doesn't even like the rain! Does anyone have any tips? If you need more info just ask :-)

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    Where abouts do you bath him? My two don't like baths either. Well, that is, they don't like having a bath in the laundry sink. I'm not sure why... so we have a different method of bathing them! Charlie loves getting in the shower with me - he just stands under the water with his mouth open and tries to catch it! Because he loves being in the shower so much every few weeks I just shampoo him while he's in there! I realise this may not work for you because I imagine your boy will be a lot bigger than my 2 eventually, if he's not already! But I'm just saying maybe you should think outside the square... is there an activity he enjoys that could be incorporated into bath time? Or maybe he's got some toys he can have in there?

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    I wash him in the bath tub, he hates the rain and doesn't like the shower when it's turned on, doesn't like water running basically. I'm pretty certain that he's going through a fear period right now though (Yesterday was a bad one, even dinner was scary - for a pup that will do anything for his food it is really surprising. So maybe what he is doing now is inaccurate? (Fingers crossed and hoping!)

    He loves his toys, but not once they've been in the dreaded bath with him. He doesn't like the laundry sink (I'm not a fan of him being in the garage with hubby's tools, chemicals and the whipper snipper and mower) at all and I have no intention of trying the kitchen sink lol.

    Batty weighs about 4.15 kgs at the moment (up from 4.09 at the vets last Thursday) I'd say he'll get up to around 20kgs, but I'd be surprised if it was much more than that - so just a tad bigger than your guys!

    I've been racking my brains and even tried click n treat for calm behaviour... He refused the food, and it's a food he usually does anything for. I've decided I've got to find a different approach!

    Any other ideas?? Thank you so much for replying - I'm at my wits end!!

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    Hi OP.

    Has Batty ever been taken to the beach?

    Is there one near you at all? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Hi OP.

    Has Batty ever been taken to the beach?

    Is there one near you at all? Just curious.
    The nearest beach to me is about 2 hours drive away and it's not particularly nice, the nice one is around 2.5 hours away. I haven't taken Batty to either.

    He's only 10 weeks old (picked up from rescue at 8 weeks 6 days) so he hasn't been too many places as he's not up to date on his vaccinations.

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    Hi Angela and Batty!

    Start off slow, first off by just putting him in the bath for a few seconds, no water, then take him out, then praise him. Do this a few times a day leaving it for a bit longer.

    Then have a washcloth or sponge and run it over his body, start with a dry one, graduate to one that is soaking wet and let a little water run over him.

    Once he's used to that you can then introduce a little water into the bottom of the bath, and gently pour a jug of water over his body - eventually you will work up to actually washing him!

    Slowly slowly, is the way to go.

    Also get a non-slip mat for the bath (if you don't already have one) as he may be getting freaked out by the slippery surface.

    And avoid washing his head, start from behind the ears and work back, if his face gets dirty use a washcloth to wipe away any dirt. If for some reason he REALLY needs his head washed (we've all had dogs roll in yukky stuff), ensure he doesnt get water in his ears by either putting a little cotton wool in them, or what I do is gently point the nose to the ground, and use my hand to pull the ears forward (so your palm is resting on the top of his head and your fingers and thumb are kind of behind the ears if that makes sense) so they are more or less flat to his skull, that way the back of the ears protects the ear canal as you pour water over his head.

    Also don't wash him TOO frequently as it will strip the natural oils from his skin and coat.

    Hope I've made sense!

    Oh, and Batty is just gorgeous!
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    I think you're spot on about the bath mat Greys - we don't have one and I'm pretty sure that's why mine prefer the shower to the sink (plus I think Charlie is just a bit nuts - Bella had to have a bath today due to a messy rear end, and Charlie cracked the s**ts when he wasn't allowed to have one too). And about the slowly slowly approach - these things take time, just like everything else with puppies!

    And Angela, I forgot to say - Batty is just adorable, especially those ears!

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    Well, forget the beach. That's way too far. I think Grey's has given the best advice one could give.

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    Thank you so much everyone, GreysAreGreat I'll start doing that with him today. I'm sure he'll get it quickly, he's gotten everything else!

    Sorry for being a bit slow off the mark!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Hi Angela and Batty!

    Start off slow, first off by just putting him in the bath for a few seconds, no water, then take him out, then praise him. Do this a few times a day leaving it for a bit longer.

    Then have a washcloth or sponge and run it over his body, start with a dry one, graduate to one that is soaking wet and let a little water run over him.

    Once he's used to that you can then introduce a little water into the bottom of the bath, and gently pour a jug of water over his body - eventually you will work up to actually washing him!

    Slowly slowly, is the way to go.

    Also get a non-slip mat for the bath (if you don't already have one) as he may be getting freaked out by the slippery surface.

    And avoid washing his head, start from behind the ears and work back, if his face gets dirty use a washcloth to wipe away any dirt. If for some reason he REALLY needs his head washed (we've all had dogs roll in yukky stuff), ensure he doesnt get water in his ears by either putting a little cotton wool in them, or what I do is gently point the nose to the ground, and use my hand to pull the ears forward (so your palm is resting on the top of his head and your fingers and thumb are kind of behind the ears if that makes sense) so they are more or less flat to his skull, that way the back of the ears protects the ear canal as you pour water over his head.

    Also don't wash him TOO frequently as it will strip the natural oils from his skin and coat.

    Hope I've made sense!

    Oh, and Batty is just gorgeous!
    I did mean to say this much earlier - I'm so sorry if I seem ungrateful! Thank you so much for this, I've been doing this every day since you posted this message and I'm already seeing an improvement (see photos thread!).

    Thank you again! I think he's gorgeous too - Full of mischief though!

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