I bathe Li'l Girl when she seems to get kind of itchy, or if she gets smelly. She's not fond of baths, but tolerates them, and feels so good right after having one. Afraid I don't have any useful suggestions as to how to make bath time easier for you and Daisy.
I only bathe mine when they get too stinky or there is a special occasion like a holiday or something that means visitors to our home.
My dogs all tolerate the bath about the same. They will stand there, without trying to jump out, but I don't think they like it much. Sam trembles the whole time (normal for him anyway), Maya refuses to jump in or out of the bathtub (I have to lift both ways), and Tate is ready to jump out as soon as I say it is okay.
Now as for one thing that makes it a little easier for me is to keep a collar on them so that I can hold it reminding them they have to stay still.
Maggie doesn't enjoy a bath but she will tolerate one. However nail clipping is another matter. I make bath time as short as possible, and give lots of treats when she is done. I have given up on nail clipping and go to a groomer who has to muzzle her.
I haven't bathed my little Maggie yet, she's only 9 weeks old and is on antibiotics for a mild case of kennel cough that she picked up at the breeder's.
We used to bathe our other beagle Molly once a week, and she didn't mind it at all, as it always involved a treat at the end. LOL
Jersey hates a bath. We live in an apartment and our bathtub has the handicap bar in the shower. I have to tie an old leash to the bar and keep her collar on while I bathe her to keep her from jumping out. Luckily, we don't have to bathe her too often. I say every few months unless she gets really dirty or stinky.
To be honest, I rarely bathe the "furkids" unless they get extra dirty or smelly. They spend much of their time inside so they don't really get terribly dirty. None of them like to be bathed though and usually try to jump out. I have arthritis in my back, neck and shoulders, and bathing them in the tub just about does me in. The smaller ones I can bathe in the kitchen sink - it has a nice spray attachment for rinsing, and that's a little easier on me than bending over the tub. Romeo would be a little difficult as he is a BIG boy (nickname, "Tank") and weighs over 40# - I'd have problems bathing him.
My two tolerate baths to some extent, my girl Myra being the better of the two since she just stands there with the 'why are you putting me through this' look. Cello likes to flee any flowing water, and to try jumping out of the tub. I make it quick, and he never gets too rowdy.
As far as how often, only when they are getting itchy, or have gotten muddy or otherwise stinky. They can go a month or more without really needing one, since they are indoors almost all the time.
Rosa hates to be bathed and whines like a baby the whole time. Sherry just stands there like a statue and lets you do anything to her.
I only bath them if absolutely necessary, like they have rolled in something stinky. About once a year they go to the groomers and get bathed, anal glands expressed, nails cut and teeth cleaned. The groomers always say that they are very very good but I'm sure in Rosas' case this isn't true /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smirk.gif
I think in general they either love it or hate it and there is not much you can do to change their mind other than feeding treats at every available opportunity to the ones who hate it.
diesel is exactly the same... i try not to bath him unless i have to because it makes him flaky and itchy...but with the winter weather now melting he gets wet and it makes him smell... but once a week for now and as the weather gets dryer im thinkin it will be less.
The "boys" go to the groomers, cause she's got the big tub...they are water walkers. We take one every other month, and they get all the attention in the world. Love that shampoo. They each get their nails clipped once a month...and they hate that, wish she'd do polish, but I bet that would be asking too much.
Kioko, until very recently (like...day before yesterday) was bathed almost daily because of her crate accidents. She takes baths very calmly, though I doubt she actually LIKES them. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
We intend to bathe her about 4-6 times per year under normal circumstances.
We bathe Starla when she gets smelly which is about every month or so and usually after a visit to my mom's in the country. (She always finds SOMETHING nasty to roll in). We were dreading bath experiences when we first got her because of all of the horror stories we had heard about dogs and bathing, but she loves it. She knows what Bathtime? means and when we take off her collar and turn the faucet off, she knows she can jump right in.
I bath Hailey about once every two weeks or more depending on her various activities. We have a fully enclosed shower (that can turn into a steam shower system). I just put her in, scrub her down, and rinse with the hand wand. She seems to love all the attention -- the enclosure works well when she does the crazy shaking bit.
Mind you, whenever I go take a shower and she sees the door opening, she books it like crazy!
I have arthritis in my knees so bending over the tub is very painful. We finally found a wonderful gal who grooms dogs. We have a schedule, unless stinkiness changes it, to have each boy bathed every other month. We were told that too much bathing can irritate their skin, and cause it to become dry. She does a great job, clips their toe nails and a cookie all for $5.00! It's great! And they love the ride over, the special attention, and of course the cookie.
Speaking of grooming... I have this peticure (Dremel style) tool that I use on Hailey's nails. The breeder where I got her from had this Dremel that was variable low speed and worked a heck of a lot better than this unit I have. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
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