Giving my dog a bath

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    Jun 11, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    My dog, an 11-year-old mutt, absolutely hates baths. I have a pair of old shorts that I only wear when I bathe him. He knows them, and always runs to the couch as soon as he sees me put them on. He hates baths so much that he is content with being dragged (literally) 30 feet to the bathroom, thus ensuring that the process is as difficult (and as hard on my back) it can be.

    I don't look my best in this video (it's Saturday, I've been lazy all day, and I have bed hair), but those of you who like dogs might find it funny:

  • BardBear

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    Jun 11, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    Ever think of just picking him up?

    It is pretty funny. My dog just plain ole hides.

    Peace,
    Bardy
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    Jun 11, 2011 11:52 PM GMT

    I took up dog grooming after getting totally burned out on the corporate world. I wanted to finish my working career doing something I would enjoy instead of just getting a pay check. Best decision I ever made!!

    Trust me...Jack is NOT that bad. I have seen much worse...MUCH worse.
    I have several that I do that I have to keep on a leash (which is normal) but I also have to keep one hand on the body to keep them from jumping out of the tub and hanging themselves. Sometimes I think they would rather hang than continue the bath.
    You really shouldn't pull Jack by his arms...they can easily be dislocated. On the wood floor is not toooo bad cuz it's slippery, but not off of the couch. Also, instead of patting him on the head, gently rub the spot between his eyes.
    And pet him... dogs (and cats) have nerve endings in that area the release endorphins to the brain...it kinda relaxes them.
    Cute video, BTW. And Jack is adorable...poor little guy.
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    Jun 11, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    Love this video. Maybe don't wear the red shorts and start the water running after he's in the bathroom. Maybe have a treat available in the bathroom before and after the bath.
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    Jun 12, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    You're both adorable!

    But I agree with the first two replies, a) please don't pull Jack by the legs like that, it can really hurt him; and b) it would have been much easier just to pick him up instead. Have you considered bribing him with treats? If he associates baths with something more pleasurable, he may not resist so much...

    I admire your tenacity though... I have five dogs, and if I do this myself it will literally be an all-day event. This is why I spend the money I don't have and take mine to a groomer. icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    @BardBear, hahah... yeah, that's what I usually do. But then the video would have been much shorter. :-)

    @Friendsrbetter, That sounds like a great career change. I've never not had a dog. My family had 5 of them when I was growing up. I love journalism, but working with dogs would be my second choice. Jack loooves getting rubbed between the eyes. I never knew the scientific explanation for it, though. Thanks! You're right about the arms. I would never pull hard on them. It's a very low couch, and the wood floor was very easy to slide on.

    @vincent7, I've tried everything... He rejects treats in the bathtub. He will literally turn his head away, like saying "Screw you, you Judas, you! Think you'll win my love back with a freaking biscuit?"

    @spiffy, Thanks! I used to be in charge of bathing my family's five dogs... But I was a kid there, and we had a yard. I'd just use the hose, and treated the whole thing as a big game.
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Not bad at all, it's not like he was effectively scrambling out of the tub. But I was both distracted and sentimental because within the first two seconds of laying eyes on your bathroom tile and tub faucets I suspected, and confirmed in my mind once I saw you walk to the sofa, that you lived in a NYC apartment without even reading your profile.
  • needleninja

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    Jun 12, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    our family's dogs never do that, they seem pretty cheerful when it comes to baths.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 12, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Hilarious video, especially enjoyed seeing you and getting an idea of what you really look like. Pretty comical, seeing Jack wag his tail was good, showing that while he didn't like it, he was showing affection for you.

    One point I didn't like... don't spray him in the face. No wonder he doesn't like it. Set him in the tub and use your hands to get him wet and be careful with his face and eyes. Be glad he doesn't growl at you. I'd expect my beagles to, if I sprayed them in the face like that.
    Also, not sure how often you bathe him, but be careful about doing it too often.

    Otherwise, kudos for making the effort to take care of your companion..
    and I did enjoy the video!
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    I just pick mine up and carry them. Which can be a bit dangerous sometimes, because it involves stairs. They won't go voluntarily, but they endure it. And yet, they happily jump in any scummy old pond.
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    Ha, if I could get your cameraman to film my larger dog, that is a nightmare. He won't get in the tub himself, hell he won't go near the bathroom and any time I try to pick him up, he drops to the ground and won't allow me under him...not to mention he's about 120 lbs. I usually end up picking him up and that is one helluva dead lift ;-)
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    @eagermuscle, Yup... an old walk-up on the Upper East Side.

    @needleninja, You're lucky. Of the six dogs I've had in my life, only one ever seemed to enjoy baths, a beautiful (and endearingly dumb) Great Dane.

    @HndsmKansan, Thanks! We do it about twice a month. I used to use a pail, and he hated that too. But, yeah, I don't usually spray him in the face like that. As with the dragging, it was done partly for comedic value. He's a very gentle old boy.

    @mindgarden, Jack once jumped into one of the ponds in Central Park. I almost got a ticket. I think part of what he hates about baths is that it's not his decision. He's a very independent-minded dog. :-)

    @slimtoned1, I usually pick him up, and he does the same thing. He just drops like a sack of potatoes. But then again, he's only 60 lbs...
  • jkwbb004

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    Jun 12, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    My Border Collie loves baths in the summer! She will hop in the pool even! The other day she scared the shit out of me because I was on a float and had fallen asleep and i just here a splash and get soaked, and look over and she is swimming around.
  • EricLA

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    Jun 12, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    My Jack Russell doesn't resist them as she used to. She also could recognize the pattern of taking off her collar and other hints. But, given she's only 13 pounds, I just left her up and take her into the shower with me. She's come to relax over the years and now licks me as we're in the shower. Maybe the water helps soothe parts of her body that aren't quite as flexible as they used to be.

    Her favorite part though is when I whip out the blow dryer. Since she hates the vacuum cleaner, I don't understand why she loves the blow dryer so much.
  • JP85257

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    Jun 12, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    1. This was to cute for words.
    2. Can I cook you breakfast?
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    Lol how cute. Some dogs hate baths, but others love it so much its like pampering them. My sister's golden retreiver is a sucker for baths. Luvs getting soaped up and washed clean. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    I do not share this problem. I have two water dogs. They absolutely love bath time and getting toweled dry.

    Maybe you could try playing with Jack in your bathroom or petting him for a while before trying to give him a bath. Get him happy and content, then you could try moving him to bathe him.
    I agree with the other posters that told you to ditch the shorts. If your dog associates the shorts with something he hates, then seeing the shorts will get him running.
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    Thats why I own a cat..They groom themselves..LOL...Just wear differnt shorts, dog wont know the differance.
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    I must say that you looked very attractive in those red shorts.

    having never seen jack in any other situations i dont know what he is normally like, but to me it looked like he is just old and tired, and dragging him by his paws looked painful for him...
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    yay jack....
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Doggy!
  • Starboard

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    Jun 12, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    I agree with Bostonrower88. I am a fan of the red shorts. The dog's cute too.
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    What a great video... I had a dog that was almost 16 when he passed away a few years ago and he HATED getting bathed!! Not really sure how but he always knew when he was going to get bathed and would hide.... I would have the hardest time getting him into the tub! Of course he would always shake the water off of him several times while in the tub. Water would be dripping off of the ceiling and running down the walls! Even though he has been gone for a few years I still have his dog shampoo under my sink!
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    That made me laugh and broke my heart all at once. Our Dexter was the spitting image of your doggie, and behaved in much the same way. Our trick was to give up baths and do showers, with an extra long hose attachment for the shower head. We turned it on after we got him in the tub.

    *feels wistful remembering*

    -Doug
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    Awww, that's really cute. icon_razz.gif

    My beagle really hates water too.