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 to take a bath. I have a husky/ german sheperd mix named Sadie and it is always a big production to get her into the she is extra furry so it doubles the mess and clean up time. However, the 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 your materials before bath time. This way everything will be easy to find and within arms reach.

2. Groom their 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 would recommend the kitchen sink. The space is smaller and they might 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 you should use the tub because they will be less likely to jump out and hurt themselves.

4. Put a rubber mat or small towel down to prevent them from slipping.

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

6. Shampoo! Be careful not to get it in their eyes or ears. You will want to use a warm washcloth for these two areas.

7. Rinse. 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. Or if you do it in the summer let the dog air dry or take them for a long walk. This will significantly reduce the drying time.

9. Reward! Give treats and lots of praise. This way they can associate bath time with lots of positive reinforcement.

Here is a great website filled with awesome gadgets on making bathtub time easier for you and your pets.