Friday tip of the day – Skip the Bath

September 14, 2012 at 8:21 am 1 comment

The next time your dog needs a home bath, skip the tub and consider the shower.  “Showers are less messy, use less water, and are often less stressful for both owner and dog,” says Kim Knap, rehabilitation specialist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, Ill.  “A shower also allows an easier full rinse of soap residue.”
Detachable shower heads can make showering easy, quick, and thorough.  Odds are you’ll have less cleanup, as well.  Keep the water on a gentle stream for your dog.  “Showering will be less stressful for dogs afraid to have most of their body immersed in a tub or nervous when they can’t see the bottom of the tub,” Knap says.  “A shower stall with a door can be ideal, allowing both dog and owner to stand and move freely, and eliminating the need for the owner to try to prevent the dog from jumping out of a tub.”
Cover the drain with a mesh-type screen to prevent dog hair clogs and facilitate cleanup.  And remember to wait to open the shower door until your dog has done her obligatory after-shower shaking!

From the June 2012 issue of Dog Fancy magazine and written by Lynn M. Hayner


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  • 1. Fluffy Tufts  |  September 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Great advice! I wash mine in the shower, though on occasion I have opened the door before they are finished shaking! BIG mistake! lol


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