Giving your dog a bath is always a challenge, however that challenge is often tripled when your dog is huge. Whether your pet loves baths or hates baths it can be a struggle, so here’s a few tips to make bath time a relaxing effort.
First tip, and it sounds like common sense but this mistake is made by a lot of dog owners; always use shampoo that is specifically made for dogs, and consult with your veterinarian about frequency of baths.
Gather all the things you’ll need first. A rubber mat with suction-cup bottom big enough for you and your dog to stand on, shampoo, towel, and leave-on cream should be put in the bathroom or wherever you plan to work. Tub showers seem to work best. Just make sure you are ready and have everything you need at hand.
If you’re lucky and your dog loves baths, call him to the bathroom. If you’re unlucky and your pooch dreads this ritual, go get him rather than call him, lead him gently into the bathroom and close the door. You always want your dog to come to you because good things happen when he does.
When you have cleaned your big pup be sure to get him dry while still in the tub squeeze your dog’s legs and tail to remove excess water, then use the towel to absorb even more water. When you let him out, be prepared for several big shakes, of his body, not your hand!
For dogs who are not in love with being bathed, remember to finish up the bath time with a treat! This may make the ordeal bearable, and at some point they may even learn to tolerate the bath better because of the treat.