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to shower my dog when she is muddy?

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TrinityRhino Tue 18-Feb-14 22:14:53

as in the actual shower

KickassCoalition Tue 18-Feb-14 22:16:17

No, I put mine in. All mess contained in the cubicle, chuck a bit of shampoo on and it's done grin

MrsMoon76 Tue 18-Feb-14 22:32:57

Course not. Our guy gets a good wash with baby shampoo. He usually needs two shampoo and about 5 bath towels wrapped around him afterwards. Oh, and treats to make up for the shower.

KickassCoalition Tue 18-Feb-14 22:34:07

Luckily my stink bag pooch thinks the shower is a treat in itself the soft sod smile

TrinityRhino Tue 18-Feb-14 22:34:59

I was told today that it was stupid and will damage the shower tray (claws)

dogs should be hosed down outside apparently

or on s cold day spobged down wuth warm water...outside

TrinityRhino Tue 18-Feb-14 22:35:27

wow cant typegrin

MrsMoon76 Tue 18-Feb-14 22:36:46

Rubbish. The tray won't be damaged and your doggy will smell lovely.

Jolleigh Tue 18-Feb-14 22:39:16

Hose them down outside? It'd be really cold!

We shower our cocker spaniel when he's dirty. Claws won't hurt the shower tray.

lilola Tue 18-Feb-14 23:12:08

Put a couple of towels down in the shower to protect the tray, no problem!

TrinityRhino Wed 19-Feb-14 00:05:30

I like your thinking about the towels grin

TwelveLeggedWalk Wed 19-Feb-14 00:17:05

Mine gets hosed down outside. He looks at me like he'd call RSPCA if he had opposable thumbs.

Then the next day I can guarantee he will throw himself neck deep in the sea/lake/flood/whatever freezing cold and muddy water he can find. So limited sympathy basically.

He comes in and lies on the underfloor heating afterwards, he's not too hard done by!

RunRabbit Wed 19-Feb-14 00:20:21

What's with all the dog talk today.

I really really want one now sad

WhileWeSleep Wed 19-Feb-14 00:26:34

We put covers on everything, leave him to dry and brush him off if he has rolled in something grim we sponge him in the kitchen. His coat is in great condition.

He really fears having a bath and this is just easier for both of us. I think I bathe him fully twice a year when he's shedding. If he was more tolerent to the bath it would be more.

He's not at all smelly grin

Philoslothy Wed 19-Feb-14 00:27:14

We do ours in the shower.

thoughtsbecomethings Wed 19-Feb-14 00:29:38

Mine in the kitchen sink.. Small JR!

ShowMeYourTARDIS Wed 19-Feb-14 00:37:10

Mine gets tortured washed outside as necessary. He's terrified of bathrooms and as he's 35kg of solid muscle I can't exactly get him in the tub. I wish I could though, it would make things sooo much easier!

Marrow Wed 19-Feb-14 00:40:20

No YANBU. My dog goes in the bath and I use the overhead shower. I use a bathmat that is just used for doggy baths to protect it from his claws.

pigsDOfly Wed 19-Feb-14 01:05:42

I'm really fortunate and have a small 'Teflon' dog and very rarely have to bath her. I always wipe her paws with a towel when we get home and if she's muddy I wipe her down, wait for it to dry and brush it out. She's very fluffy and loves rolling in mud but it just doesn't seem to stick to her. And she always smells really clean.

I know someone who takes their large dog into the shower with them, never damaged the shower tray and they've been doing it for years.

Sceptimum Wed 19-Feb-14 07:56:15

We brush off the worst and then shower ours. He gets treats so he likes it now - he tries to hide in there now when we go to put him out!

VeryStressedMum Wed 19-Feb-14 08:01:46

I would hose her legs down outside first as she's not walking on my carpet covered in mud, but I'd shower her in the cubicle as I don't gave a shower attachment in the bath. But I'd actually have to get in with her and shut the doors to shower her properly! Otherwise the door has to be open she's trying to get out of the open door and water is flying everywhere. She's a big dog.
I would wash myself and the shower enclosure afterwards.

francesdrake Wed 19-Feb-14 08:06:19

We turned our downstairs loo into a wet room, and installed a shower with a really powerful spray hand attachment, mainly to avoid trailing two huge, mud-encrusted dogs through the house then having to haul them in the bath. Every day this godforsaken muddy winter I've mentally thanked the builders for suggesting it. Best house money I've ever spent.

Coumarin Wed 19-Feb-14 08:09:10

Marrow Where did you but your doggy bath mat? Never seen one before.

Ours goes in the bath with the attachment used to rinse him off.

fieldfare Wed 19-Feb-14 08:11:24

He gets shut in the kitchen until at least his paws are dry and then I call him upstairs. He's happy to jump into the bath and stands there patiently while I scrub and lather him with baby shampoo. Then he gets wrapped in some big towels and I light the fire in the lounge for him and he gets a treat. He's a 40kg dog, there's no way I could lift him in!

I think showering your dog is perfectly fine, he won't damage the tray. I'd do the same but the dog is too damn big to fit in the cubicle!

Coumarin Wed 19-Feb-14 08:12:30

blush Marrow Oh. You mean a normal bath mat that you keep just for dog baths. No idea what I was expecting. grin

BrownSauceSandwich Wed 19-Feb-14 08:14:21

We plonk them in the bath and use the shower attachment on them. One is shampooed frequently (every two-three weeks) with prescription shampoo for his dodgy skin. Other only gets shampooed about twice a year, because it's not great for her coat.

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