So many Dog owners & pet owners in general, struggle when it comes to bathing their beloved companion, that they can end up spending hundreds of pounds each year taking them to groomers, to get a straight forward bath/shower and dry their coats.
Don’t get me wrong, certain breeds of Dog, and Cats, do require professional grooming services, however, us owners really ought to be able to do a straight forward bath/shower right?
So why does bathing my Dog become such a battle?
Well, I think we fall head over heels for the soft sorrowful eyes so much, we forget that they have just “conditioned” us.
Yep, that’s right, we give in too easily. “Oh, Fido doesn’t want to go out in the rain…never mind, we can go when it stops…” “Oh, Fido doesn’t have to get down off the couch, he’s comfy…leave him there…”, “Fido isn’t growling, he’s just telling me he doesn’t like something…”
Do you see where I am going with this?
We’ve all done it at some point.
This is why bathing our Dog becomes such a battle.
We know we should set the standard when our pets are tiny, when we bring them home we should start as we mean to go on, instead of the age old excuse of “he’s only a puppy, its fine…” “Don’t worry about bathing him; he’s going to the beach… In the sea, that will clean him…”
By not being consistent enough when they are young, we are basically letting them dictate whether or not they are going to be bathed!
Now, I can look at this from two points of view really:
From a Dog owner point of view
From a Dog Trainer point of view
Like the majority of Dog Trainers, I was a Dog owner first.
Right from a young age my family home included a Dog. After I left home and had a family of my own, I had multiple Dogs at a time.
However, when I think about it, when it came to the Dogs needing a bath (generally due to rolling in the unpleasant out-comings of farm animals), there was never any “Come on Fido bath time” being yelled, and definitely never any kind of baby talk to the Dogs. It was a straight forward process of
- Sort the garden hose pipe
- Hold Dogs collar
- Clip on the lead
- Wet the Dog use a bit of Dog shampoo (if we had any, otherwise is was soap)
- And to quote a famous Hairstylist, “Rinse and Repeat”
That was all there was to it! Simple.
And the Dogs never growled, they accepted the fact that they were having it done, no “what if’s or maybe’s”.
The Dogs were then towel dried and left in the garden to dry off. Never a thought about using a hairdryer to dry the Dog … wowser, my parents would have gone berserk with using electricity for the “Dog”!
So you see, everything seemed very matter of fact. “This is what is happening to you Fido, not up for discussion”.
And it was the same when it came to grooming our Dogs. We didn’t have nor need a pocket full of Dog treats. The task was done, end of.
And when I now look at it all from a Dog Trainer’s point of view, yes, I am still methodical with my own Dog’s. However, when I hear the stories of owners who’s Dog’s would rather bite them, than be bathed, that is unnerving and downright dangerous.
Yet when I talk to those owners, there is always a common denominator, and that is how they treat their Dog like a human/child. (Instead of treating it like a Dog.)
Many people call it “humanisation”. However, the correct term is “anthropomorphise”.It is causing behavioural issues with those Dogs, but the Dogs are merely reacting to how they have been raised. It’s a symptom of their
environment, nature versus nurture.
What advice is there for bathing a puppy?
I offer this advice to take away from this: (paraphrased from a fantastic Pet Dog Trainer in the USA, whom I think more of us should be like with our Dogs)
“Remember, that when you purchase a puppy, you are not raising a puppy. You are raising a DOG.” Only accept behaviour from a puppy that you would be happy to expect from an adult Dog. It’s not cute or fun to have a 50kg German shepherd try to bite you when you try to bath it, so don’t let a puppy mouth you when you try to bath it. I’m sure you get the gist of it.
It’s not very often a new Dog grooming/bathing product comes onto the market that I get excited about.
However, I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have got excited with this one. It is a game changer in regard to bathing pets.
In all my Dog owning life, I can honestly say I have never had a problem with my Dogs when it comes to them needing to be bathed. However, none of them have had sensitive skin issues either! Up until recently.
So, that it’s self gave me a challenge, trying to keep my Dogs skin from being too itchy, and trying to make sure that my Dog doesn’t get any kind of yeast issues. So after addressing the issues internally, with diet etc, I was then looking for an easier way to address the sensitive skin externally. My Dog was ok IN a bath but it was not practical given our bathroom and the size of my Dog… (Very big).
And the other challenge I was finding, was that when trying to use the hose on my Dog, the shower type adapter for the garden just made the water come out way too fast for my sensitive Dog and it actually felt like a bit like a power shower. Good for us, just not for my Dog. (It’s worth adding here, that my other Dog, a Sprocker, loves any kind of bath….even if it was coming straight from a hydrant, he would be there, waiting for the water)
What is the easy way to bath your Dog?
So while searching the internet for a possible adapter for the garden hose, I was thrilled to bits to find what I can only describe as a HUGE BREAKTHROUGH in Dog Bathing/Grooming.
THIS is the easy way to Bath your Dog!
Let me introduce you all (if you don’t already know …) to the Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool.
This beauty is a whole new game changer when it comes to bathing/showering Dogs/pets.
Why? Let me explain to you what makes the AquaPaw special, in my opinion:
What are the best points about the AquaPaw?
My top 10 selling points for the AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool
1) It is so easy to use (even with my small sized hands)
2) It is easy to regulate the water flow
3) It has a brilliant on/off switch in the palm of your hand
4) Multiple tap adaptors
5) Feels like a rubber Dog Grooming brush
6)Doesn’t startle the Dog
7)Has plenty of hose to it
8) Very Sturdy
9) The strap on the back of your hand is easy to adjust
I could carry on listing the AquaPaw plus points.
What are the negative points of the AquaPaw?
To be bluntly honest, I can’t find any negative points about the AquaPaw. I have had mine for over 6 months now, and in that time it has had plenty of usage, I can tell you. In fact I am purchasing another one to have as a standby, as I couldn’t imagine not using one to bath my Dogs now!
It’s not very often I can’t find any negative things to say about Dog products, especially within the Grooming sector, however this product has come out on top for me and my Dog. So I say a big thank you to AquaPaw for creating this.
What can I use to bath my Dog that won’t hurt my hands?
Another reason I like the AquaPaw is because it doesn’t take much dexterity to use it. You don’t need to use much force in order to activate the on/off switch, so if like me you happen to have sore joints around your fingers etc, you would still be able to use it with ease.
I strongly recommend giving this Pet Bathing Tool a try. Being able to turn the water off, with a clench of your fist on the bathing tool, so you can add shampoo etc to your pet, without wasting water, without getting soaked to the skin yourself, is just brilliant.
Take a look at our videos to see why I won’t use any other product!