Turning the toilet into a play area, and even sharing the bathtub with the can, helps you overcome your fear of water
- Author: By EVA SAN MARTÍN
- Publication date: September 29, 2012
The bathroom should be part of a dog's hygiene routine. However, what to do when a dog hates water? This article provides the keys. A safe toilet will help a fearful animal, although it is necessary to know how to calm the dog during the bath Y how to make this fun for the animal to overcome its rejection of water.
To some dogs don't like water. Moreover, certain dogs feel dread when they perceive the time of grooming is approaching. However, an animal needs to take at least one bath per month, if it lives in the city, and one every two weeks, in case of dogs with greater contact with the countryside and the rural world. It is a fundamental habit for the pet to be healthy. But how to bathe a dog that hates water?
A safe toilet will help a fearful dog
A dog that hates water is not born, it is made. It is at least what the scientific journal 'Helium' affirms. "The domestic dog develops fear of water as a result of a negative past experience in the aquatic environment. In nature, canine aversion to water simply does not exist, "says the publication. The animal associates the moment of entering the bathtub with an unpleasant experience, so, in these cases, the feeling of fear for the Water does not take long to feel.
A plastic mat in the bathtub prevents the dog from slipping, so it will feel safer
Taking care of the animal's safety during the bath is a great help for a fearful dog. Place a rubber mat on the bottom of the bathtub or shower is useful. This plastic coating will prevent the skating of our four-legged friend, so you will feel less vulnerable during the bath.
To bathe a puppy or an animal of small dimensions we must bear in mind that the usual bathtub may be too big for him. Instead you can use a basin, or even the sink sink.
In any case, you have to avoid placing objects that may fall, as shampoo cans - which should always be specific for dogs, since their PH is different from the human - on the edge of the bathtub. In case of slipping and rushing into the water, the impact would only frighten a dog that hates water even more.
How to calm the dog during the bath
Share the bathtub With an animal that abhors the moment of grooming helps certain dogs. In this way, the toilet can also become an ideal time to strengthen the relationship with our furry friend.
Do not shower the dog, the noise of pressurized water will increase your fear
It is possible to use a bowl or a casserole to pour water on the body of the dog, little by little and in a delicate way, since the risk of feeling fear will decrease. When you want to clean a scary animal, you should forget about the shower: the noise of the water that comes out of the shower head of the bathroom only makes your anguish increase.
Talking with the dog, as well as providing caresses and affection, also helps. Our tone of voice should not sound nervous or angry, since in such a case it will be difficult to ensure that the animal does not associate bath time with an anguishing experience.
Some dogs may also suffer claustrophobia and anguish when they are in confined spaces. Showers and bathtubs of small dimensions are suitable receptacles to awaken the possible fear of the animal to feel cloistered. In these cases, leave the bathroom door openAnd even avoid completely closing the curtain or shower screen will reduce fear.
A fun bath for the dog
Toys and prizes are appropriate to calm a dog that fears water. Encouraging our furry friend to have a fun time in the bathtub helps, little by little, the dog feels less and less scared during grooming. The rubber objects, waterproof, are appropriate in this situations. It is advisable to start playing with them outside the bathroom and, gradually, bring the playful proposal to the bathtub.
Edible prizes can also encourage the fearful dog to forget about his fear of water. All are tricks that, accompanied by good doses of love, help make the necessary bath routine a pleasant experience and, why not, even fun for the dog.
Tips for bathing an animal with fear of water
The appropriate thing is to make the bathroom a good experience since the dog is a puppy: first toilets are crucial To avoid the fear of water.
Transforming the bathing place into a play area inspires the fear of a fearful dog.
The water must be hot: with a temperature of around 39 ºC.
Avoid the showers and opt for a saucepan to pour the water, little by little, on the body of the animal.
Edible prizes, as well as caresses and words of love, will help a fearful dog to enjoy (or at least tolerate) the bathroom.
How to bathe it without water?
If we want to bathe it without water and get it clean, we will have to do the following:
- The first thing to do is brush the dog. So we can remove any knots you have, dead hair and some dirt.
- Then, we will take a cotton ball and moisten it with warm water.
- Next, we will spray the hairy with the dry shampoo, taking care that the product does not come into contact with eyes, nose, mouth or ears.
- Then, with the cotton we will extend the shampoo well, starting with the spine, then legs and finally the head.
- Finally, we will brush it again and give it a prize for its good behavior.
How often can we do it?
To keep your hair clean without having to use water you can bathe it with dry shampoo two or three times a week at the most, but it is advisable not to do it so often, especially if you have put an antiparasitic pipette because although it says it is water resistant in the package, it would not be surprising if it was not so much after bathing 🙂.
In addition, it is important to remember that you can bathe it in the classic way once a month. So the dog can spend several days without receiving any type of bath.
We hope you found this article useful 🙂.
Apply a dry dog shampoo
There are so many people who do not conceive their life without the company of a dog that obviously we are facing the most popular pets, in fact, today we find even various beauty treatments for dogs. Fortunately it is also possible to find products that can make our lives easier, such as dry shampoo Suitable for dog hygiene.
To make the dry bath first it is important brush the hair of the dog, undoing any knot that might exist, this will facilitate the subsequent bath. Then take a cotton towel and moisten it with warm water, then apply the spray-type shampoo on the cloth and pass it all over your pet's body, without neglecting any area, just as you would with a conventional bath.
If your dog accumulated a lot of dirt you can apply the shampoo again, as many times as necessary. To end brush your dog's hair again to remove any remaining shampoo and ensure that all fur is dry and soft.
Bathe a dog with dry shampoo
The dry shampoo that sold in stores is composed of corn starch, baking soda, talcum powder or boric acid. The result is a product in the form of fine powder that serves as a substitute for baths with soap and water. Dry shampoo is a deodorant and absorbs all dirt from the dog's hair and skin.
And now, let's see how to bathe a dog with dry shampoo:
- Brush your dog well, as you would do before any bath, to remove dead hair and untangle it. So washing will be easier.
- Pour the shampoo powder on your body, being careful that it does not enter your eyes, and rub it well with your hands so that it reaches the skin and cleans it well, in addition to your hair.
- After rubbing, let it act a few minutes. About half an hour is fine, but if your dog has a strong smell, you can leave it up to 45 minutes. However, if you buy a commercial shampoo, be sure to follow the specific instructions on the boat.
- After this time, brush your dog again: you will remove the remains of dry shampoo with all the grease and dirt that has come off your hair.
To not get dirty, We recommend that you carry out this process in the bathtub or shower, or in a patio or garden in good weather. If not, you will put everything lost of dust and dirt!
If you have just adopted a pet, find out when you can start bathing your puppy.
Make a homemade dog deodorant
It is possible that on many occasions it does relatively little that you have bathed your dog in a conventional way, but before a rainy day or after a great walk outside it is possible that you feel again that its smell goes beyond the natural smell that They have dogs.
In this case we recommend create a homemade deodorant using a part of apple cider vinegar and two parts of water, adding this mixture to a spray container and applying it on your dog's coat.
Apple cider vinegar has multiple properties, but among them, it will also help your dog's hair stay in better condition, and deodorized.
Advantages of dry dog shampoo
As you have seen, bathing a dog with dry shampoo is easy and you can do it at any timeBut do you know the advantages of this type of canine washing products? Dry shampoo is good because:
- It smells really good.
- Is Easy and convenient to use.
- As well you can use it to clean your dog's bed at any given time, your blankets or the carpets of the house if you have lay on them. It is done in a similar way to when we bathe the dog: abundant dust is thrown, allowed to rest for a while and then aspirated. It does not leave stains!
- The pH of dry shampoo is balanced and suitable for canine skin.
- It can be used in dogs from 6 months of age.
- Is a good alternative to the traditional bathroom, for when this cannot be done, or for an emergency wash between bathrooms.
- It's quite natural: Does not contain aromas, or parabens, preservatives or detergents. This makes dry shampoo harmless to your skin and hair.
If you still do not dare to use dry shampoo, but you like natural products, here is the recipe for making homemade dog shampoo.
Do not use these methods to maintain your dog's hygiene
Finally we must emphasize that the dry bathshould not replace hygiene Complete dog, although as we have seen is an excellent alternative to certain situations.
Just as we have shown you tools that can help you keep your dog clean, you should also know what resources you may want to use but they can be harmful:
- Do not use wet wipes as they may contain substances that are not suitable for your dog's skin, especially if he suffers from allergy, sensitivity, dermatitis or any problem related to the dermis.
- Do not use any type of dry shampoo that is not specially designed for veterinary use, it could cause an allergic reaction.
- Do not apply any type of conventional cologne to keep your dog cleaner, this could irritate the skin and damage it.
Remember that when it becomes possible again your dog will need a full bath, always with affection and patience so that it does not generate any kind of stress.
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Dry shampoo recipe for dogs
- 2 glasses of cornmeal
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- Half a glass of baby powder
- If you want you can add natural aromas, such as citronella, lavender, rosemary ... Whenever they are powdered. You can find them in herbalists.
Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You already have dry shampoo for your dog! Then, if you want, you can put it in a dosing container, such as talcum powder, to make it more convenient to use. If not, you can also make holes in the lid of a plastic boat yourself.
Baking soda and cornmeal will absorb hair grease and dirt, leaving it clean. The talcum powder will make softener and finally, if you add aromas such as rosemary or citronella, in addition to smelling great, it will serve to repel fleas!
More things about dry shampoos
Bathe a dog with dry shampoo It is a good alternative if your friend is afraid of water. For many dogs (and their owners), bath time is an odyssey.
But nevertheless, you should keep in mind that the bath with dry shampoo should not completely replace traditional washing, since the bath with water and liquid shampoo is deeper. Bathing a dog without water and with dry shampoo is an alternative for when normal bathing is not possible, or to alternate them. You can, for example, bathe your dog one month with soap and water and the next with dry shampoo.
1. Give good quality food
As our appearance suffers when we consume junk food, diet plays an important role in the good health of our dog, including how it smells. Poor quality foods can contribute to the way a dog's skin and fur feel and smell, while high-quality dog food is more profitable in the long term, because your dog does not have to eat so much for get all the nutrients you need, so you eat less, and it also smells better!
2. Use baby wipes and homemade dog deodorant
Baby wipes are quick and easy to use. Gently pass them over your dog's coat to freshen its smell. You can also prepare your own homemade dog deodorant by mixing 1 part of vinegar with 2 of water in a spray bottle, and then spray it on your dog. You can also spray this solution on your bed to keep a fresh smell.
3. Dry bath
If you don't have time to really give your dog a bath, but you can't tolerate the smell anymore, use baking soda or cornstarch to give your dog a dry bath. Sprinkle one of these powders on your dog's fur and then rub the hair down with a towel or brush.
4. Brush your dog
Brushing your dog removes dandruff and dirt, which helps eliminate unpleasant odors. In addition, it helps keep loose hair away from your furniture, bedding and plants, and is good for your skin and fur.
5. Wash your bed regularly
If a dog spends a lot of time in his bed he will leave a dog smell there, a smell that he will absorb every time he lies down. One way to prevent your skin from absorbing that smell is to wash your spoon, blanket or bed regularly, which will eliminate unwanted odors from the house and help keep your dog smelling clean.
Finally, keep in mind that your dog can't always smell like a bed of roses (it's a dog, after all), but following these tips will help you keep your dog from smelling like a dog, at least for some time before that you have to bathe it. And here we leave you some tricks to bathe your dog and prevent him from running away from the water.
One of the simplest solutions is to use a bath towel and moisten it to sanitize the dog. Although it is not a definitive solution to be able to clean it well, at a specific moment it can help you keep your appearance neat and your hair smooth.
This technique is especially useful when the dog gets dirty only in a specific part of his body, because of the mud or the grass. Do not forget to brush your hair before and after cleaning to leave it as groomed as after a bath.
Dry shampoo to clean a dog without bathing it
If you share your life with one of these hairy friendly people, you will probably know that there is a wide range of beauty treatments and products to keep it clean.
Dry cleaning shampoo is one of them and can solve the problem of not being able to wet your dog.
Follow the steps below for a proper dry bath:
- It is essential to start with a good brushing. When you do, try to get rid of the knots that form in your fur to apply the product more easily.
- Next, moisten a cotton towel or cloth with warm water. Once this is done, pour the shampoo over the cloth and clean the entire body of the can. Do not leave any part without sanitizing.
- If you see that the dirt has not finished coming out and that your dog needs a second pass, you can reapply the shampoo. Remember that you can use this product as many times as necessary.
- When it is clean, the ideal is to pass the brush again. In this way you will eliminate any remaining product that may remain in your coat and make sure that your hair is soft and without any moisture.
It never hurts to have these products at home, since they can get us out of trouble. However, if you have not had time to go to the store, you can use a more homemade solution.
Homemade dog deodorant
In the day to day it is normal for our furry companion to get dirty, especially after a long walk through open areas or when it rains. It is impossible to control each of your movements.
When you notice that it does not smell clean, a good solution is to have at your disposal a homemade deodorant, made with products that you will find in your pantry.
It is as simple as getting a sprayer and filling it with a part of apple cider vinegar and two of water. One of the multiple properties of apple cider vinegar is that helps fight bad odors. Thanks to the application of this fragrance, Your special friend's hair will remain in good condition.
But be careful, when cleaning a dog without bathing you should be careful, because just as there are substances that can help you take care of your hygiene and health, others are not so beneficial.
Remember that dogs like the smell of vinegar, so don't abuse much of this practice.
What you should NOT use to clean your dog
Some products could be harmful to the dog. Therefore, it is important to know what they are to keep your hairy as far as possible.
- Commercial wet wipes. We humans use them many times, but these types of cloths are not suitable for dogs. This is because they contain substances that could harm them, especially if they suffer from allergies, acral dermatitis or any type of skin related problem.
- Dry shampoos not designed for dogs. A common mistake is to think that products created for humans can be used for dogs. This is particularly dangerous in the case of dry shampoos not designed for veterinary use. Using them could trigger a severe allergic reaction.
- Conventional colonies The skin of a dog is not prepared for a conventional colony. Its use can irritate the dog's skin, so these types of products should be avoided.
In conclusion: the bathroom is dry can be a way out of the way in certain circumstances. However, you should avoid this practice becoming habitual and not using products that could harm you.
You can barely give your furry friend a full bath in which you both enjoy and help him feel clean and grateful. And you, have you ever needed to dry clean? How often do you usually sanitize it?