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.

thegriffon Sat 06-Apr-13 11:25:40

I've never even considered bathing my lab, I think he'd hate warm water. We live near a river and he swims every day, even in freezing weather. He just gets towel dried when we get home. Luckily he never rolls in stinky stuff prefers to eat it instead.

twoofakind Sat 06-Apr-13 11:39:19

Im with gymmummy64....a cant stand the dog shaking after the bath and getting his hairs EVERYWHERE! I know he has to though! I also don't like the thought of the towels the dog has used to go in our washing machine....I still find dog hairs in there even after a thorough clean!!

I think I'm a bit more strict with my dog since having my kids, I don't let him roam the house anymore and he is outside more often than not, I just can't stand his smell or dog hairs.....to be honest I have considered moving him on to someone who will love him like I used to....I just don't have the time for him anymore sad I would miss him and regret it but I have to be cruel to me to be kind to him....I've had him 5 years...xx

Lilcamper Sat 06-Apr-13 18:17:20

To be fair, a lab shouldn't be bathed very often at all, it strips their coat of natural oils and can cause skin problems. The best way to deal with normal mud is to wait for it to dry and brush it out. For smelly stuff, just rinse the area and deodorise with a leave in shampoo.

Lilcamper Sat 06-Apr-13 18:19:07

But by the sounds of it, he would be better off elsewhere, poor lad needs to be part of family life, not excluded from it sad

twoofakind Sun 07-Apr-13 14:46:07

I know he does, but when we try to include him he gets really giddy and knocks the kids over, i think hes better off elsewhere too, unfortunately..x

Please rehome him with some who will include him in the smiley, my Staffy is 8 months and my children are 10 and 5 and used to get knocked over all the time, they have now learnt to move pretty sharp ish but to be fair I just shout her name and she sits dwn, she is 100% part of my family but she s not allowed upstairs or on the sofa, she comes everywhere with us.

By the sounds of your last post you don't want him and it s not fair to just drop him like you have. Poor pooch.

You do have the time you just don't want to.

Smiley? Family* stupid iPad

Lilcamper Sun 07-Apr-13 17:16:07

two I have a very boisterous 16 month old lab and a 6 yo daughter, she knows to stay out of his way if he is excited, but he has been trained to not go oot, it can be done.

I agree, I just sternly say her name and she sits and backs off.

I hate it when people say 'oh I don't have the time anymore' people just think they can drop a dog as and when they please, that is why all the rescue centres are full to the brim.

A dog take constant training and patience and also DC have to learn to respect a dogs space etc.

Lilcamper Sun 07-Apr-13 18:10:01

Op would love this house, I foster rescues that come straight from the pound and get thrown in the bath cause they reek, and yep, I bathe my daughter in the same bath. I don't feel properly dressed unless I am wearing dog hair and we compete at the table for who gets the 'prize' in their meal.

idirdog Sun 07-Apr-13 19:33:36

Best thing I did was to get an outside hot and cold tap. Dogs showered outside in winter or summer in warm water. Easy peasy.

I cannot believe twoofakind posts re your poor dog sad. Lets just hope your DC's don't get too busy if you ever need looking after........

twoofakind Sun 07-Apr-13 21:53:43

Thank you, I appreciate all your comments and some have had some good advice...and I am happy to take criticism too, reading back at my posts, yeah they do sound harsh but im only speaking the truth of how my life with him is now, He is well trained and does sit if I tell him too, and I don't have to scream at him like another post does.
He is a very good behaved dog but gets rather giddy....he doesnt mean to.
And..I would love my kids to be old enough to know to move out of the way, but they're babies!

Signet2012 Sun 07-Apr-13 22:00:35

I bathed signetdog three times in his lifetime.

The first time he bit me and then bit dp. Dived out the bath and wedged himself between the wall and toilet. Covered everything in wet dog splashes and we had to Hust turn the shower on at him to get the suds out. (Luckily tiled floors)

Second time we put a muzzle and three lead/collar efforts on him. - I ended up head first in the bath after he bailed through the middle of my legs and I didn't let go of his leads.

The third time he was older and it took two of us to lift him in. He then flung himself about to the point he was risking injury. Snapped his harness and knocked my sink off its pedestal

After that he mainly stunk until he passed away. blush

Beamur Sun 07-Apr-13 22:04:32

Twoofakind - I was often at my wits end with my dog when DD was little, but it has got easier. I'd considered whether we should rehome her (the dog, not the DD) and we had someone offer to take her, but at that point DP and I realised that whilst we find her very trying, she is our dog and we will do our best to give her a good home and a happy life.
In answer to your question, if said dog has rolled in something dead or smelly (not an infrequent occurrence) I wash her outside with the garden hose. But last week we went to Crosby Beach (lots of very fine silt & mud) and she was utterly filthy all over so it had to be a proper bath.
I keep the shower warm, not hot, and avoid the head until the very last minute and then never wash her ears, a shower mat is essential to prevent panic and slipping and will also protect your bath from scratching. I also put the plug in, so as the bath fills a bit you can wash their underneath without trying to get a shower head underneath them. A second pairs of hands is very useful to pass towels and shampoo (this is where slightly older children are very useful) and keep talking and soothing dog, as soon as you're finished, chuck a towel over them and rub hard.
Then spend ages cleaning the bath!

twoofakind Sun 07-Apr-13 22:05:43

Aww...funny memories of him though! When I bath my dog he is so calm, he just sits there! has a mad shake afterwards, and would go crazy running around the house when we first got him....since the kids though I blow dry him...

twoofakind Sun 07-Apr-13 22:09:35

Beamur....thats what I am thinking to re home him to someone we know for a while....until the kids get older...but I may just keep him and forget about the mess etc...he is part of the family,he was here first!! il just have to be careful when the kids are on the floor near him...x

Beamur Sun 07-Apr-13 22:17:52

Having a baby made me suddenly much more aware of mess/dog hair etc and my dog is especially prone to rolling and such like so I got very stressed for a while about it, but DD is 6 now and I'm much more relaxed (again) about the grime - besides, isn't it supposed to be good for your immune system? DD enjoys the dog too and it has made her less fearful, but aware of how to behave around strange dogs too which is useful. Dog is also very protective of DD too which is nice. We made the decision that there were some rooms we would keep the dog out of, so we never had to worry about what she might be bringing in on her feet - our house is on 3 levels and all the downstairs is hard flooring, so ideal for our dog. She has plenty of room and a nice bed by a radiator, but doesn't come upstairs. We spend a lot of time on the ground floor (I'm there now) so she isn't shut out of family life.
How old is your dog twoofakind?

twoofakind Mon 08-Apr-13 09:30:45

hes 6 in june....I don't let him up stairs, we have a lounge/diner so no extra rooms to keep him in if we need to....his bed in in the lounge with us, so hes not left out.

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