These are the secrets to a stress-free bathtime for your pup

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Make bath time more enjoyable for you and your pup with these tips. (Source: iStock)
Make bath time more enjoyable for you and your pup with these tips. (Source: iStock)

Oh, how we love our pets. The adorable yawns and stretches, wagging tails and excited paws sprinting towards you when you get home from work will melt your heart. They are nothing but endearing, but they also come with a great deal of responsibility. And this responsibility is even more challenging when your little pup hates baths.

As the pack leader, you don’t have to go on a never-ending chase to get your dog to the tub. The key is to make them feel safe and at ease while they soak in the bath. If you don’t know where to start, here are some quick tips and must-have dog shower supplies to consider.

Tip 1: Create a bath oasis for your furry friend

Make bath time a fun, happy activity once again with this calming dog bath brush. (Source: Amazon)
Make bath time a fun, happy activity once again with this calming dog bath brush. (Source: Amazon)

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Large buckets and slippery tubs aren't friendly for bath-averse dogs. An accidental slip or getting water up their nose would make the experience even more horrible for them. To avoid this, set up a grooming station. It doesn’t matter if you do it indoors or outdoors. This will help you condition your pup’s innate reflexes and lure them to the station as if it's playtime.

Use a dog bath brush with a hose and shower attachment to make the process easier for both of you. Choose a dual-purpose sprayer and scrubber, which you can fasten to any shower nozzle or garden hose. Ensure that the scrubber offers gentle strokes, so you can give your dog the impression that you're simply petting them the whole time.

Tip 2: Keep a super-absorbent dog towel

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Another reason your dog dislikes baths is the time spent drying off with their dreaded foe, a.k.a. the blow dryer. Replace your anxiety-inducing blower with a microfiber dog towel to speed up the drying process without scaring them off. While it takes two to three standard cotton towels to dry your pup, a shammy towel is enough to soak up and absorb all the water from their fur.

When thick-coated puppies snap or struggle to resist, regular towels can also cause mats and tangles. Expert groomers advise pressing—not rubbing—a microfiber towel into your pet's damp fur to avoid such a bad hair day. The plush and soft fabric is also perfect for giving your pet a little massage after they behave well in the bath.

Tip 3: Bathe your dogs with a vet-recommended shampoo

This shampoo is a quick and safe solution for pets with bumps, rashes, and scabs. (Source: Amazon)
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The trick to making your dogs pamper sessions as relaxing and soothing as possible is to use the right products. Avoid using human shampoo on your four-legged friends. Although it may not seem like a big deal, human products can destabilize your dog's PH level over time, leaving their skin flaky and vulnerable to parasites.

If you're clueless about which dog shampoo to get, consult a trusted vet or look for products with mild cleansing ingredients. The right veterinarian-recommended dog shampoo contains ingredients that fight and prevent infections. Some may even contain antiseptic and antifungal compounds. The best part? By keeping your dog's skin healthy, you won’t have to bathe them as frequently.

It's natural for dogs to flee when it's bath time. Training them to enjoy baths with positive associations can transform an unhappy situation into something they look forward to. Start today by adding some (or all) of the bath supplies above to your pet's grocery list. Have fun grooming!

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