The mere thought of a bath makes my tail go down. I hate baths! Despite all the soothing words and warm water, I hate them. I do believe the majority of dogs hate baths too. Some dogs hide when the word “bath” is mentioned. They may go under beds and chairs. I prefer to hide under the table. I feel very hidden there, but for some odd reason my humans always find me. I do know, though, that if I don’t have a bath I start to get the itchies. I begin to scratch everywhere, and my humans say I stink. I think I smell wonderful. Why would I want to smell like lavender when I can smell like trash? My humans just don’t have a great concept of what smells good. I suppose, though, that all dogs must have baths every once in a while, and I like to make my humans happy. I do feel very good after a bath too (so good that I want to roll in the grass!).
Let’s face the fact. Every dog gets fleas at some point in his life. A dog just can’t escape the wretched creatures. Many of my fleas come off in a bath. It is important to wash a dog properly so the fleas will not escape during a bath but go down the drain. Make lots of suds around the dog’s neck because during a bath the fleas try to make their way to our ears. Also lather up on the dog’s feet and toes. This is another one of the flea’s favorite getaways. Try not to get any water or dog shampoo in a dog’s eyes. That can really smart. Here is a good tip when bathing your pooch: don’t let him shake. When a dog shakes 50% of the water comes off of him. Dogs can’t shake very well when a human holds their muzzle. This is a much better way of solving the problem than yelling at your dog every time he shakes all the water off.