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How do you wash a dog that does not want to be washed?

The shampoo you are using could be making bath time difficult for you and your dog. Some dogs enjoy bath time, and some do not. The question is how do you wash a dog that does not want to be washed?

We recommend setting up a reward system and using bathing products, including shampoos- that do not irritate or damage the skin. Overreliance on antimicrobial shampoos is problematic in that it can irritate the dog, increase the risk of Cushing syndrome, and make dogs not want to bathe. 

Remember, just like us, dogs remember unpleasant experiences. Meaning, it is necessary to make shampooing your dog an activity that the animal looks forward to.

How do you do it?

CBD shampoos for dogs: quick take -how to wash a dog that does not want to be washed. 

  • Using CBD shampoos for dogs may help build positive associations.
  •  CBD shampoos are gentle on skin and can relieve inflammatory ailments and itchiness. 
  • Some dogs are naturally predisposed to fear water. 
  • It is natural for dogs to roll around in dirt or grass after a bath (dogs prefer natural scents).
  • Excessive scratching or discomfort after shampooing may indicate harsh/irritating chemicals or ingredients in the shampoo. 

We recommend adding CBD shampoos for dogs as part of your routine, forming positive associations with water soap, and not using force. 

Below is how.

Why do dogs hate baths?

Using the wrong shampoo, method, or a bad experience is enough for some dogs to experience anxiety or stress during baths. 

It is easier to build positive associations with water and baths when they are younger. 

What is the best way to introduce a dog to water or shampoo?

Start them early. 8 weeks after birth is the best time to introduce dogs to water.

 Why not earlier? 

Younger dogs cannot effectively regulate body temperature, meaning introducing them to baths too early may cause the dog to form negative associations. Instead of washing them, you may wipe them down with a clean warm towel or use water that slightly above the pup’s bodily temperature. Just make sure that the pup is comfortable.

The first time you shampoo your dog has to go right. Meaning, you should:

  • Be patient. The dog is probably scared of the new experience. So, avoid using force as it may cause a reaction, including scratching or biting. 
  • Use water that is slightly above the dog’s body temperature. If the water is too hot or too cold, the dog may develop a fear of water. 
  • You must avoid products that cause irritation, pain, or discomfort. 

For older dogs, you may have to rule out a reason for their behavior towards baths. 

Reasons a dog may fear baths include:

  • Fear. 
  • Pain or irritation.
  • Past experiences. 

Additionally, some dog breeds, including greyhounds, pugs, and chihuahuas, are naturally predisposed to fear water. 

All that considered, below is how to wash a dog that does not want to bathe. 

Use CBD Dog shampoo

Dog shampoos serve functions beyond cleaning. They are also useful in the prevention or removal of parasites, can be used to treat or prevent ailments and allergic reactions and to balance skin PH. 

However, some shampoos do more harm than good. Meaning, it is necessary to pick the right shampoo.

Why use CBD shampoos for dogs? 

Dogs see the world through scent. If your dog associates a scent with negative experiences, it is likely to suffer stress or anxiety whenever it encounters that scent. 

The benefit of using CBD shampoos for dogs include:

CBD is gentle on the skin and fur

Unlike antimicrobial shampoos, CBD shampoos kill bacteria and remove parasites without harming the skin. That contributes to a pleasant bathing experience. 

CBD shampoos are also medicinal and can thus relieve multiple ailments improving the experience. 

In short:

  • CBD shampoos will not irritate the skin or exacerbate existing conditions. 
  • CBD hydrates the skin and fur, reducing the risk of dryness and infection. 
  • Cannabidiol shampoos are refreshing and help soothe muscles when massaged. 

Create a reward system

If your dog fears water, punishing or forcing it into water will only strengthen the fear. To make your dog want to bathe, you may incentify it. How?

The options include:

Make bathing time a group activity

You being in the water with your dog makes it see it as a normal activity. This may help lessen the fear of water and make the dog easier to manage while washing. 

However, dog shampoo can be irritating to humans. 

We recommend indulging in water-related activities with your dog, including swimming, to normalize water interactions.

If you have a water-loving dog, you may use it to encourage others. 

In general, the idea is to make bath time a pleasant experience. We recommend:

  • Refocus the dog’s attention. The dog’s favorite toy or treat could be enough.
  • Avoid slippery surfaces. Lack of traction may cause the dog to panic. We recommend a comfortable, non-slippery surface. It could be easier to bathe a dog outside or in an area the animal is used to. 

Help manage and prevent stress during baths

Weird noises, shampoo bubbles, water, hoes, and your actions could be stressing your dog during baths.

You know that your dog is in distress during a bath if:

  • It shakes excessively.
  • Whines or cries.
  • Becomes aggressive.

CBD oil is a powerful anxiolytic, meaning massaging it will trigger stress relief. However, according to veterinarians, you must also:

  • Choose the right location. Some prefer indoor baths, and others outdoor baths. Natural scents including grass can help calm the animal.
  • Avoid noisy equipment, including faucets or hoes, if the dog is not used to it/avoid overstimulating the dog’s senses. 
  • Use CBD shampoo or a gentle shampoo. You may add a few drops of CBD oil to a shampoo of your choosing.

When to see a professional

Some dogs are unable to get over their fear of baths or water. Fear can turn into aggression or accidents.

For such dogs, it is easier to let a professional handle it. 

Watching a professional wash your dog gives you first-hand experience on practices that you may reuse. Remember, dogs have personalities, meaning what works for mine may not work for yours.

Grooming tips from professionals.

  • Use food or treats to coax the dog into the bath.
  • Do not apply shampoo directly to the dog. Instead, dilute in water or as instructed by the manufacturer.
  • Shampoo twice to remove buildup and clean skin.
  • Rinse well to avoid residue or scum.