Kaycie went to the groomer today. Second time in her whole life to ever have a bath, and she's just over a year old. Her nails REALLY needed to be done. I have just kept putting it off, and off because she hates for me to clip them. Admittedly, she has nipped at me before because I've just kept on trying and trying to clip them. I am a chicken, and definitely scared that I'm going to cut to close too the quick, or that she might actually decide to bite me if I keep trying.
I knew it was war before I even dropped her off. But glad that they were the bad guys, and not me. When they finally called for me to pick her up I asked if she good (knowing the answer before I heard it).
Her exact words were, "Well she freaked out when I turned on the water, and I couldn't blow dry her, and the nails, well the nails.....I filed them as best as I could." I felt a little guilty, and bad for both the person doing the duty, and for my baby.
I got there and picked her up and she told me "She was BAD BAD BAD for the Bath." And she had no clue how to put the gentle leader back on her. (another story)
I feel horrible. I have a dog that pulls no matter WHAT I do to teach otherwise, she hates for me to clip her toe nails, and is afraid of water. I should have taught her better, and it's embarrassing. HELP! I'm a bad parent, and my labrakid's BAD TOO!
I've got two that are stars. Love to take a bath and nails are a total non-issue. My third, Chauncy, who looks just like Kaycie by the way, is a nightmare. I handled her paws a lot as a puppy, did all the stuff you're supposed to do, but it didn't make any difference. I do baths and nails for my older two at home but always take Chauncy to the groomers. Let somebody else deal with her. She nipped when doing nails as a puppy but not anymore. Now she just flops on her back and waves her feet wildly in the air. She looks like a Daddy Long Legs.
I used to ask how she was and got all embarassed. Now I don't ask, I just pay and go.
I'm composed of 85% kick-ass and 15% crippling self-doubt.
When Puff was a pup and occasionally needed a bath, it was like World War III getting her into the tub. Then I had a happy idea. Maybe it was because her toenails wouldn't dig into the porcelain? So I bought the largest size RubberMaid bathtub mat and that did the trick.
(I also use a WaterPik shower head on a long hose PLUS a nylon mesh strainer to keep dog hair from clogging the drain.)
Now when I want Puff in the tub, I just tell her to hop in and she does.
She does like to shake as soon as she gets out but I quickly have her hop up on some towels on the bed and towel her dry -- she LOVES that.
As for filing, trimming nails, she likes that as well as she did her first bath. So I have Puff do some retrieving, fetching on the sidewalk and that helps do the job -- not completely but it sure helps.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
The only thing that's wierd is that since she has been home she hasn't stopped whining. I tried playing with her best friend next door, water, going poop, food, treats, and even playing fetch with the new ball from our SP (which she loves). And nothing, she just layed there sulking. She never just chills out lol. She's not like my baby today. I dont know if it's because she got her feelings hurt, or if there's another underlying cause. I have a huge fear of leaving my dog alone with strange people. I always think that they are not treating her well. AAAAAAAAAH!
To give you an idea, Caleb climbs in the tub as soon as he realizes I'm getting the bathroom ready for his bath. He's even gotten in the tub on non-bath days, and ended up under the drying rack I keep in there. As for nails, he used to fight me tooth and nail when he was little. One day I decided to just take him in the bathroom so he had less room to get away from me in. Wonders of all wonders, as soon as I closed the door, he sat against it in the corner and handed me one of his front paws, and turned his head away like he couldn't watch. When I was done with that one, he did the same thing with the other one. He just sits there while I do the back ones, too.
She will drink all of my bath water and drop EVERY single toy in the tub if i'm in it, but if i'm not in there, she wants nothing to do with the bathroom....unless the toilet seat is up, and then she's all about the "good drinking water".
I crawled into the kennel with her...which is even LESS room than our tiny bathroom. I guess i'm just scared that the more I corner her, the more she wants to snap back. Like saying "Hello! Whaddo I gotta do so you get the point?"
I had the groomer do Cinnamon's toe nails a couple of year ago and then bought a dremel tool. We get her on her back on the couch one a week and she gets premium treat (usually a piece of meat broke into minute pieces) and one of my parents feeds her and rubs her belly while I dremel the toe nails. Frequently she gets both parents so belly rubs and treats at the same time. She thinks she is in doggie heaven.
I gave up on the bath tub and just have her jump in the pool shampoo her when she gets out and the spray her with the hose to rinse. Then inside after a good shake for a nice marrow bone on her bed while she dries. Here in the deserts of AZ I can usually find a warm enough day most weeks to do this even in the winter.
Rider will jump into the tub any day of the week if I ask him to, but he doesn't get baths. Nails on the other hand, I have to lay on him to trim and dremmel them. Rookie about due for a trimming...we'll see how the chub scout does, and even though he's crawled under the deck and been muddy a myriad of times already, he's not gotten a bath either.
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Bathtub:Originally Posted by My Lil Lab Kaycie
Definitely like was said earlier...if you do not have it already, get a rubber bath mat and put it there so she can get some purchase. Also the stand up shower head is a good idea. You also might try putting her in the tub before the water goes in, that way she can see and feel the bottom (there was a segment on a dog show on this once where the dog was flipping out in the tub and that is what was recommended). Of course when she does go in, lots of praise and treats and pampering.
Maybe the dog is picking up on your fears and hesitation. Thing is, she needs to understand that you are going to clip her nails...no debate. Nipping you is NEVER an option. Start handling her paws and then start clipping them.
With both exercises, make sure you are not playing into their fears by reassuring them when they flip. When they flip like that, do not tolerate it or at least ignore it. When they are nice and calm and submissive, then praise the day lights out of them.]
This works for me and before I got my dog I was told he was a terror for getting his nails done. Now I hear him snoring when I do
Dunno. Mine have never had a bath.
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