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4 Ways to Make Bath Time Easier For a Nervous Puppy

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mobile-dog-grooming-san-diegoWhether your beloved fur baby is getting his or her very first puppy bath or just hasn't quite gotten the hang of bath time yet, there are a few things you can do to make the experience easier for both you and your young pup. If everything you have tried so far just doesn't seem to work and your puppy is still nervous about bathing, don't give up hope just yet! In this post, we will take a look at a few helpful ways that you can make bath time less stressful for you and your puppy while still ensuring that they get cleaned thoroughly.

  1. Start With Brushing: Before trying to get your young pup into the bathtub, sink, or anywhere else you plan to bathe them, give them a thorough brushing. Not only does this smooth out the tangles in their fur and get rid of any chunks of dirt before bathing, it is also a way to soothe your puppy and get them as calm as possible before they are exposed to water. After all, grooming is a great way to bond with your furry friend and establish trust. Once your puppy trusts you, it becomes easier for them to bathe with fewer problems.
  2. Fill The Tub Before Bringing in Your Pup: The sound of rushing water, if unfamiliar, can play a big role in a young dog's excitement or fear, so draw the bath and have it ready before bringing them to the tub. It will be easier to get them in and exposed to the water with less of a fight. Also, it is a good idea to make the temperature just right. Obviously, if the water is shockingly cold or far too hot, our furry friend will not be very happy with the situation. If the water feels not-quite-warm enough to you, it's probably about right for your yet.
  3. Protect Your Puppy's Eyes and Ears: Part of the reason your young pup is putting a fight may be because their eyes and ears become irritated by the water. This makes the entire experience unnecessarily unpleasant for your dog. But this can easily be remedied with an eye ointment recommended by the veterinarian and using tearless shampoo. Protect their ears by placing cotton balls in each ear to keep water out. Of course, after bath time, remember to remove the cotton.
  4. Bring In The Pros: If all else fails time and time again and you and your puppy struggle to have a successful bath experience, consider bringing in the pros. Whether you want to bring you puppy to a dog grooming facility or you consider mobile dog grooming, either experience will guarantee that your lovable, yet slightly nervous puppy gets the grooming and bathing they need with as little stress caused to them as possible. Professional groomers know how to thoroughly bathe pets, and they do it in a way that prioritizes your dog's happiness and relaxation. Professionals know how to work with anxious dogs and keep them as calm as possible through the whole process. And this way, you don't have to put the time or energy into bathing your puppy yourself, and can focus on other pressing matters.

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