Spring time brings spring showers.Â And, with that comes dogs who love to frolic in mud holes.Â So how do you rectify a dirty dog? – with a bath of course.Â Oh but you say your dog doesnâ€™t like baths.Â No time like the present to desensitize and condition your dog to cope with bath time.
To do this, do a little dog training at home by familiarizing your dog with the bath tub. Â Feed your dog his/her meal while standing in the tub (with no water running).Â Itâ€™s an odd place for a dog to sit and stand.Â So get your dog accustomed to this strange surrounding before turning the water on.
Once your dog is comfortable eating his/her meal in the tub then start to hand feed your dog while he/she is in the tub and turn the water on slowly around his/her feet.Â With repeated positive exposures, gradually apply the water higher up on your dogâ€™s legs and later on his/her body while he/she receives tasty treats.
It is important to do this gradual association so that puppies and dogs come to view bath time as a pleasant experience.Â And, if you choose to have a dog groomerÂ at a Pet Salon wash your dog for you, your dog and groomer will thank you for having positively conditioned your dog to bath times.