Bathing...

(43 Posts)
twoofakind Thu 04-Apr-13 18:06:43

I have 2 kids and hate the thought of them using the same bath as my Lab, how do you bath your dogs, it would be a lot easier to do it outside with the hose, but not very nice for him....cold water and cold weather...im not mean!

I cant afford to get him washed anywhere, he malts everywhere and I have de- shedded him a few times but oh my, his hairs are even found in my babies nappies!! xx

In the bath. I clean it afterwards so doesn't bother me in the slightest.

I am afraid that I AM mean smile

Our dog gets washed off under the water butt after a walk if he needs it, regardless of temperature. He moans a bit but tough! Most of our friend use the hose pipe outside.

When we do bath him, we use the bath and I clean it afterwards with standard anti bacterial cleaner.

Hope that helps.

He's 5 months btw and I've done this since we had him!

Outside hosepipe and a very thorough drying even in summer.

Warm water in a bucket and warm rinse if she's rolled in something minging in winter.

Never washed her in the bath - she's never been upstairs and not sure how she'd take a strange room with a squizzy warm shower grin If I did ever bath her I'd just give it a really thorough clean afterwards.

It's best not to over-bath Labs as it spoils their waterproofness.

Floralnomad Thu 04-Apr-13 19:46:39

It doesn't cost that much to get them bathed but otherwise a bucket of warm water is fine .

twoofakind Thu 04-Apr-13 20:33:20

Thanks for your help....its hard work getting him in and out of the bath, im only 5'!!

And when your skint and trying to save money it is a lot of money! xx

Slavetothechild Thu 04-Apr-13 21:14:27

We have a huge number of dogs and all bathed in our bath , always have been. Bit of bathroom cleaner and all ok again. Thinking about it the dogs are sometimes cleaner than my kids !!!!! ;)

Slavetothechild Thu 04-Apr-13 21:14:59

Oh and use a bath mat so he doesn't slip

TwllBach Thu 04-Apr-13 21:18:35

Mine goes in the bath. I put a towel down so she doesn't slip and then shower her with the attachment.

Also, I used to lift her in but then I hurt my back and couldn't face it so trained her to jump in and out. Is that an option for you?

twoofakind Thu 04-Apr-13 21:44:19

Yeah, last couple of times Ive bathed him Ive got him to jump in and out....but he almost hits his nose on the side everytime, and I don't want him to hurt himself! Im soft! xx

I've never bathed our springer...it's easier to clean the floor once she's dry!

ruby1234 Fri 05-Apr-13 18:52:34

We bath ours in the bath.

A friend of ours (her DH is a plumber) has an outside HOT tap with a hose on it they use for washing off their dogs.

Must say I am very jealous of this, and next time I have a plumber at home will get one myself.

twoofakind Fri 05-Apr-13 20:56:00

Well I wondered if you could get an hot tap....im jealous too! I don't know a plumber though! sad

xx

gymmummy64 Fri 05-Apr-13 21:36:20

I've read this with great interest and am in awe of all you bathers!

What tricks am I missing? How on earth do you do it? My one and only attempt to bath Gymdog went exactly as I thought it would. He shook several times before the mud was fully off so I had mud all over (and I really mean all over) the bathroom. So we had dirty water on the mirror, on the ceiling, on the bath towels, on the ironing pile, all over the floor... He then decided he'd had enough of bathing and got out of the bath trailing mud and water all over the kitchen floor (downstairs bathroom) and the lounge and soaking me in the process. Whilst I was distracted trying to mop the worst of the water on the kitchen floor (like an ice rink when wet) he got onto the sofa. Nice. I have never attempted to bath him since.

so what did I do wrong? My bathing routine was as follows: I eventually persuaded him to stand in the empty bath (hard), put the shower on tepid and started to rub down his muddy and whiffy areas with the water and my hands - legs, tummy and back of the neck. I was gentle, I was nice, I talked to him a lot. I had a big fluffy towel ready to wrap him lovingly in, but we never got that far.

Maybe you're all going to tell me you don't bath muddy dogs, just smelly ones, but I still wouldn't want doggy water all over every single surface in the bathroom. How do you stop the shake??

gymmummy64 Fri 05-Apr-13 21:38:29

I missed out that my dog is labrador sized

TwllBach Fri 05-Apr-13 21:46:10

grin
I think it helps that my bathroom is the size of a postage stamp and the walls and floor are tiled.

I remove all towels/toilet roll/bath mats before she gets in the bath to avoid them getting splattered.

She gets in and stands on the hand towel. The first time she didn't have anything to stand on and panicked because she couldn't stand/walk without slipping sad I use the shower attachment to get her wet, then shampoo, then rinse.

Then I spread the big dog towel on the floor for her to jump out on to and sort of use it to shield myself and the bathroom from the worst of the doggy shake grin then I rub her down thoroughly.

If she's really lucky, DP will dry her with the hair dryer. It's either that or she will plonk herself in front of a radiator for a while.

I only bath a stinky filthy dog.

Run bath medium full of warmish water. Entice dog upstairs.

Plonk dog in bath and wash immediately

Get dog to jump out, throw a large towel over it and duck while they have a good shake

Rub dog dry as much as they will put up with

Send dog back downstairs to shake all over the rest of the house.

gymmummy64 Fri 05-Apr-13 21:53:21

Twll shampoo??? good grief this is way beyond anything I had aimed for! My bathroom is sort of commemorative stamp sized so not big at all.

Soooo, how big is your dog? envy

TwllBach Fri 05-Apr-13 21:54:19

Ooooh moaning I wish I could give mine a proper bath in water as opposed to a shower but she's petrifed of getting her dainty little paws wet.

gymmummy64 Fri 05-Apr-13 22:01:02

Moaning I need way more details! How do you 'plonk'? Is your dog small? With a medium bath, how much of your dog is covered? To be honest <naive> I had always thought putting my dog in a bath meant one with no water rather than one with water.... Is this my mistake?!

NotMostPeople Fri 05-Apr-13 22:03:14

Outside hot tap. It's the best thing ever.

I have only had to do it twice as luckily his wiry terrier hair is usually clean by the time you get home even if really muddy. It just drops off.

But I do similar to moaning. Put water in bath and lob him in and shampoo whilst he is stood in the water. I fill it so it is about 2/3 up his legs.

Slavetothechild Fri 05-Apr-13 23:57:12

Mine are all shampooed twice and then conditioned. They then have to be brushed out and blow dried !!!!!! Each one done every two weeks smile they are trained as babies though so it makes it easier

I have a small dog, a terrier mutt around 8/9kg, and a border collie. Same procedure for both. Lift them in. I'm only five ft and a fag end, I couldn't manage any bigger than the collie TBH.

Main tips are to shut the bathroom door.

Have the bath run already. I may have been known to use the bath water that the children have just been washed in, on occasion.

Have the shampoo to hand. And a jug to tip the water over them with.

Get the dog very wet, shampoo and rinse. Go back and wash the dirtiest bits again. Rinse some more.

Expect them to leap out if you take your hands off them at any point.

A medium bath is about how much water I would put in for the children, as opposed to a massive bath of of boiling hot water for me grin

Then just clean the bath as usual with flash or similar after they are out.

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