Does your dog hate baths? Here’s how to make it easier for them… and you!
Author: Olivia Deloian – April 20, 2020
Bath time for your dog can be a troubling event for the both of you, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to make bath time easy and enjoyable. Here are some tips on how to keep your pup more relaxed, and you in the process.
1. Trick them with treats!
If your dog hates baths then there’s a good chance they know what the sound of running water means, and at this point it will only serve to scare them away. So, close the door and start running the faucet about five-ten minutes before you call them over. Then, get their favorite TROPICBD™ Bites ready. Call them over and place the bites in front of the door leading into the bathroom and onto the edge of the tub. Doing this can make bath time fun and rewarding for your pet and help relieve some of the stress.
2. Make bath time less stressful.
Add some of our full-spectrum TROPICBD™ Hemp Oil into the water for a calming effect, along with a few drops of your preferred shampoo to kick-start the process. It will allow your dog to relax and ease into bath time instead of turning tail the moment they hear you call their name.
3. Choose the right shampoo.
One additive for an unhappy dog during bath time could be because of skin irritation and allergies, and depending on how often they’re outside the more they’re going to need to wash those irritants off. So, when choosing a dog shampoo, look out for these ingredients: olive oil, rosemary, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. All are used to help calm seasonal allergies and can be benefits to the skin. Believe it or not, your dog will notice that bath time makes their skin feel better!
4. Make sure the temperature is right.
According to Holidaying With Dogs, the recommended temperature to bathe medium-large size dogs is at 37 degrees Celsius, or 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the size and breed, this may vary, so be sure to make sure it’s warm but not too hot. Too hot of temperatures will only serve to raise your dog’s heart rate and dry out the skin causing further discomfort and irritation. But lukewarm water on the other hand is comforting, rids the coat of germs, and is soothing on the fur and skin. So make sure to test it out yourself before your pet takes the plunge.
5. Towel dry them.
Although your dog may want to run right out of the bathroom, make sure you dry them off with a towel before they leave. This will prevent the them shaking off all over your brand new
living-room furniture, not to mention it will prevent your dog from getting a chill which can lead to more concerning issues. No one wants to be cold after a hot bath, so make sure your dog isn’t either. Towel drying your pup will leave them warm and comfortable after a nice, relaxing bath.
Next time bath-time rolls around, try out some of these tips out and let us know in the comments below if they worked for you!