Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rub a Dub Dub - Get Your Pet in The Tub

I absolutely love animals, especially dogs, but we all know how they hate taking a bath. I have a husky/german shepherd mix named Sadie and it's always a big production to get her into the bathtub. Plus she is extra furry so it doubles the mess and cleanup time. However, summer is the perfect time to tackle this messy and unpleasant task.

Here are a few things you will need:
- pet shampoo
- brush
- towels
- toys and treats

1. Collect all materials before bath time. This way everything will be easy to find and within arms reach.

2. Groom your pet's coat before bath time to loosen all the debris within their coat.

3. Decide whether the kitchen sink or bathtub is better. It usually is a question of size and convenience. If you have a small dog I recommend the kitchen sink. It's a smaller space, which might help them feel more comfortable. A larger dog would definitely feel more comfortable in a tub or even outside. If your dog is a little on the wild side, use a tub because they'll be less likely to jump out and hurt themselves.

4. Put a rubber mat or small towel on the floor of the tub to prevent them from slipping.

5. Test the temperature of the water. Lukewarm will be the most comfortable.

6. Shampoo your pet. Be careful not to get it in their eyes or ears. You will want to use a warm washcloth for those areas.

7. Rinse off the shampoo. You want to do a thorough job because any leftover shampoo in the dog's coat will leave it dry, flaky, and itchy.

8. Dry as best you can. If you're washing your pet in the summer, let the dog air dry or take them for a long walk. This will significantly reduce the drying time.

9. Reward your pet with treats and praise. This way they can associate bath time with positive reinforcement.