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Date Posted: 12:48:23 01/20/04 Tue
Author: Noofies
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Subject: This is pretty typical of most puppies
In reply to: Jessica 's message, "bathtime maniac!" on 00:55:18 01/20/04 Tue

It helps if you have an extra pair of hands at bathtime, someone to hold the pup and someone to do the actual bathing. Treats can go a long way toward making bathtime a more pleasant experience. Find something she really, really, REALLY loves - bits of hot dog, or bits of cheese, or tiny pieces of steak, etc. - and have the person holding her during the bath keep stuffing good treats in her mouth.

ALL my dogs run around the house after a bath, even the dogs that actually enjoy their baths. It's a celebration for having survived an encounter with the horrible water monster. *grin* The trembling could be because she was cold. After you've shut the water off and have gotten as much water out of her coat as possible (I like to use the flat side of a shedding blade to "squeegee" water out of the coat), towel-dry her as much as you can then take another dry towel and wrap her up like a baby in it, pull her onto your lap, and cuddle her and give her more good treats while the towel absorbs additional moisture. I can't do this with my big adult dogs any more but I do it with small dogs and puppies and they look forward to post-bath cuddles/treats. Then I let them blow dry themselves by running around the house. :)

Most puppies eventually get used to being bathed, she just needs a little more experience with it. My dogs know that come hell or high water they're GETTING that bath and the less they struggle the quicker it's done, so they've learned just to accept it stand still for me. My 2-year old boy still struggles wildly, but only when I'm doing his head/face; he'll stand still for the rest of his body.

>Hi! My husband and I just adopted a deaf puppy from
>the pound about 2 weeks ago and so far so good. She
>has learned the signs for "sit" and "shake paws." We
>just love her.
>Here's the problem...she turns into a MANIAC at
>bathtime. I had to give her a bath today because she
>got muddy outside with me and then snuck into the
>cats' litterbox, ate some of their poop and had litter
>on her head. It was totally gross (we are moving the
>litterbox to a more puppy-proof location."
>I have to hold her quite forcibly in the tub, which I
>do not like doing at all. She keeps trying to escape
>and push past me. After, she runs around the house and
>trembles for a long time.
>Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated! Thank

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