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Old 10-10-2010, 09:40 PM
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My dog hates the water, how do I bathe him without causing him stress?

My dog who is at least part chocolate lab (possibly mixed with either a dobie or a rottie) hates the water. My son has to physically lift him into the water, but he gets so stressed. He hates the water. Is there anything I can do to get him clean but not stress him out?
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are you familiar with clicker training?

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I have not heard of that before. He is always in the bathroom when I even go to the bathroom. I always have an audience when going to the bathroom. He is in there when I take a shower. He just does not like water at all. Once he is in the tub, he will stand there and let you bathe him, but he shakes and whimpers. It makes me very sad. I just feel bad for him. He will go in the tub without water in it. He doesn't even like to go outside when the ground is wet. We did get him from the pound; so, I don't know what was done to him before.
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it may be that nothing was ever done to him... some dogs just don't like the water... if you can get him in without the water, then i would start desensitizing him to the water... get him in, reward, touch the tap reward... repeat, until he looks happy when you touch the tap, then grab it... slowly build up the turning it on... just those things could take a couple weeks, 3-5min training sessions... if he isn't really food motivated (does he get really stoked on plain kibble?) then use something higher value... cheese, chicken, etc...
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I just think it is funny that he hates the water because he has lab in him. I thought labs loved the water.

He is not really kibble motivated. He loves doggy treats though and he absolutely loves cheese. I will definitely give that a try. We tried taking him to my mom's house and using her hand-held shower system, but he bit at it and hated that more than just when we run the water in the tub.
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good luck

don't be afraid to make adjustments based on what you see your dog doing, you don't want to stress him out at all... keep your training sessions short... maybe work on the water thing with him not even in the tub for a while first, then in the tub, meanwhile work on reinforcing for him that being in the tub is a good thing, get in, get cheese, get out, get a pat on the head, get in get cheese... etc... gauge whether or not to move forward a step by how happy he seemed about the last step and take little tiny baby steps as much as you can, the slower you go from step to step, the faster you will actually get to your goal at the end...
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I agree that there are some dogs that just don't like water. My dog Zack, always hated the water and I know for a fact nothing ever happened to him and he was a lab mix also. He was so bad that he would even jump over a little puddle 1/2 an inch deep. I would just try wiping him down any time he got dirty and limiting the baths as much as possible, and try to keep yourself positive when your going to start training or giving him a bath. I truly believe that does can tell when we are nervous and it makes them nervous to, if your not worried about it he probably won't be as much either.
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Thank you for the wonderful advice. I will definitely try these things. Until I can get him used to it, the wipes will have to work. We tried taking him to a local car wash where they actually have a doggie wash station. He was better there until we tried to dry him off. Then, he tried to bite the drier. He never tries to bite anything. I think he was probably better there because it had an open door where he could walk in himself and it had the hand-held shower thing.
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We just use lots and lots of praise! Both my boys hate baths, even though they are good when it comes to little pools or the lake, but when taking a bath lots of "Good boy!" and treats spew out to make it more enjoyable.
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I just think it is funny that he hates the water because he has lab in him. I thought labs loved the water.

He is not really kibble motivated. He loves doggy treats though and he absolutely loves cheese. I will definitely give that a try. We tried taking him to my mom's house and using her hand-held shower system, but he bit at it and hated that more than just when we run the water in the tub.
Lots of dogs love the water as in ocean and lakes but hate the bath. The out door water sources are things they choose to do. Most dogs hate sprayers of any kind they hate the sound so the quieter the water source the better. My dog does not like the bath but likes the shower. The key is to stay very calm and matter of fact when dealing with the dislikes of our dogs. If you baby him with words or plead with him you will make matters worse. Just move through the bath time quietly and calmly and see what happens.
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