If there is one thing that us dogs don’t like…it’s baths! I don’t actually know how I started not liking them, but nonetheless, I get all squeamish and run when I hear the bath water in the tub. I remember when I was adopted back in 2010 and I was a little puffy ball of fur, Mommy gave me my first bath in the kitchen sink. I am sure most of us had baths in there, but now that we are all grown, the kitchen sink won’t do as we have outgrown those small stainless steel receptacles for washing dishes and on occasion a dog. So, we now have to head into the bathroom to get squeaky clean.
We know that some of you might wash your dog outside to reduce all of the “shaking” we do while getting a bath, but when you are outside, there are a lot of distractions and us dogs aren’t confined which actually does make giving us a bath harder. So, when I get a bath in the bath tub, Mommy always closes the shower doors to keep me in and confined. Now that I am a bit over 60+ pounds, she needs help getting me into the tub and that is where Daddy comes in helps out. It takes both of them to safely get me in and out of the tub. Mommy always washes my head and face last, because us dogs don’t shake while getting a bath if our head does not get wet. (well, it works for me at least) After Mommy lathers me up real good, and washes all of the dirt off me, gets my tail & behind real good, she uses the shower nozzle to rinse me, then she hand washes my face and is careful not to get any water in my ears. Although it seems like an eternity that I am in the bath tub, I have heard that it only takes a few minutes. Daddy helps Mommy lift me out of the tub and always makes sure that I have a towel over my back to keep the shaking down to a minimum. I get fluffed up real nice and finally I am let go to run around the house like a Tasmanian devil. Not sure why I do this, but it happens every time I get a bath. The last time I got a bath, I actually ran around the house with my towel on my back and Daddy & Mommy laughed at me. I don’t get bathed every month, as I am mostly German Shepherd (the other part I am an Akita) and our coats need the pertinent oil in it to keep a nice shiny coat.
Mommy does have a neat tip for all of you who have a German Shepherd or Lab, or any other dog who has a coat like them and how to clean our coats in between a real bath. What you do is take a clean small spray bottle and fill it with water and two tablespoons of white distilled vinegar. Then just spray or mist your dog with this mixture all over and then rub a towel over them to dry. Just don’t use this in the dog’s face! What the part vinegar does is takes away the “dog smell” from your dog and the vinegar also “shines” your dog’s coat. It works every time! They will smell like vinegar for a little bit, but the smell goes away and so does the dog smell. (I don’t know about you, but I like smelling like a dog!)
What are some of your dog bathing rituals that you do? Does your doggie run and hide when it’s bath time?