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Old 10-11-2012, 06:52 PM
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I need to give my dog a bath but he hates water

My dogs have been infested with fleas. I have found a lot of different, cheap ways to help them like blue dawn soap and what not. One dog is okay with taking a bath, but my other dog is terrified of getting wet. He'a a pit bull and he has never liked being wet so giving him a bath has always been out of the question. But, the fleas are getting really bad so I'm going to have to bathe him soon. But, I'm afraid that he might get mad and snap at me. Because I've only given him baths when he was younger, I don't know how he's gonna react now that he's older. Does anyone have any suggestions so I am able to bathe my dog and get him flea free?
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If you can wait a week and work on this every day, you should have a much easier time.


I have been doing something similar with my dog only not going in as many steps, where I put her in a bath filled with water, then every time I dump water over her, I give her a handful of food. It's probably the 5th or so time I've bathed her like this, and today she nearly tried to get in the tub herself since she knows what to expect - she still didn't look very happy being wet and soapy, but at least she wasn't miserable.

Since you're worried your dog will be worse, I'd probably start with the video's method and go a little slower.

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Go buy a flea preventative from your vet and they will die and fall off. Then you can work up to a bath slowly.
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Seconding Marbear's suggestion.

The other thing about using a monthly topical flea preventive from the vet is that it will keep killing the fleas for a month after you apply it.

If you do opt for just a bath, and you really do have a bad flea infestation then your going to first get rid of the fleas in your house~

Put the dogs outside.
Buy a flea powder to treat the carpet, furniture, and dogs bed, and use it according to the directions.
Cut up a flea collar, put it in the vacuum's bag or canister, vacuum all the floors, and furniture. Make sure to get all cracks and crevices.
Wash the dogs beds (if possible) and blankets, if the they sleep with you wash your bedding and vacuum your mattress.
Bring the dogs in one at a time and wash them with a flea and tick dog shampoo, keep them inside for the next step.
Treat your yard for fleas.
Repeat everything once a week for 3 or 4 weeks to make sure you kill any hatching fleas.

If your dogs are outdoor only then you can skip the house cleaning steps and go straight to washing the dogs, and treating the yard.

The thing about fleas is if the dogs are heavily infested then the environment will also be infested. If you only treat the dog and do nothing to get rid of the fleas in the environment the dog will be reinfested within 2 to 3 days. I've seen it happen with my own dogs.
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