|Barked: Tue Dec 20, '11 10:06pm PST |
|This topic is close to home because I just bathed Bruno today!
Bruno probably gets bathed once or twice a year. He doesn't smell doggy, and dirt just flakes off his coat and doesn't stick around (plus he's black so he never looks grubby like a white dog would.) I just wash him to cut down on shedding once in a while. So saying you haven't bathed your dog in months isn't gross to me.
Bruno actually did okay- he is famously fearful of restraint and intrusive handling (yep, he bites groomers and vet techs who get in his "no zone") so I had to lift him into the tub and tether him in place, but he was actually wagging his tail by the second rinse. I used a silicone-based leave-in hair treatment and he smells and feels FABULOUS!
I recommend doing what I do with Bruno with Olive, take her to a self-service dog wash place because they have elevated tubs, leash clips to hold the dog in place, and it doesn't matter if you clog the drain or get water all over the floor (which it's guaranteed you will do.) They have shampoo, conditioner, towels, rubber aprons, the works, and it's a lot less mess and stress.
Just be gentle, go slow, and take breaks in the middle if you have to so she can calm down. End on a good note- give her a treat when you're done. Don't let her freak out and "win" by running away or fighting you. You don't want her to know that's how to make it stop.
Good luck! While I don't think it's true that dogs NEED to be bathed frequently (obviously, since I only do it every 6 months) I don't believe the old wive's tale that it's BAD to bathe them either.
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