It happens every time. These two little words - BATH TIME - strike fear in the hearts of "Micky" and "Buffy" and (literally) sends them scurrying for the hills! Try coaxing a shivering 20kg bundle of Blue Heeler out from under the bed and then carrying it (dead weight) to the waiting bucket and hose in the backyard. It is no easy feat. Multiply it by 2 and you can understand why Bath Time in the Valley takes on epic proportions. How is it that dogs HATE having a bath and yet - take them to the river or the beach and you have to DRAG them out of the water? I cannot understand the canine psyche. You would think they would love nothing better than a cool, refreshing douse of water on a hot day and then a gentle, calming massage with ti-tree shampoo. Sounds good to me. But not these two!
So in my search to find a practical solution to our "Bath Time" woes - I stumbled across this helpful little doggie tip :
Make bathing a positive experience!
"Talk to your dog while you are bathing her! Provide treats for her when she is sitting calmly and doing what you would like her to do. Sing to your dogs while bathing them! You want to associate cleanliness with fun times and great rewards! Even if you are soaking wet by the end of the process, the whole ordeal shouldn’t be a stressful one for you or your dog."
Ah.....it's all clear to me now. All I need to do is come up with a good song.... a few treats and hey presto!:
Can't wait to give it a go this weekend!!