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October 1, 2015

Dog Baths Made Easy

Getting dogs dirty is easy.  It comes quite naturally to them, especially when kicking up sand at the beach Getting dogs clean is not so easy. I feel like Penny brings a few gallons of Lake Michigan and a few dozen bucketfuls of sand home
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It comes quite naturally to them, especially when kicking up sand at the beach

Getting dogs clean is not so easy.

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I feel like Penny brings a few gallons of Lake Michigan and a few dozen bucketfuls of sand home with her after every beach trip

I’ve always bathed my dogs at home in my shower. This worked when Eko was a puppy. It still worked pretty well when he was full grown. It kind of worked when puppy Penny joined us in the tub. It did not work well at all once Penny grew to her current size.

Bathing the pups became a game of Twister where I contorted myself to try to get everyone clean. I finally decided to buy an extension hose from Amazon to see if I could make things easier for all parties.

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Setup was quick, easy and the hose is detachable when not in use

I can’t stress how much I need to file this purchase in the “Why didn’t I buy this five years ago!?” category. The hose helps get the pups cleaner in a shorter amount of time and it conserves water/my sanity. It’s indisputably the better way to bathe.

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Although the pups don’t seem to be any fonder of the process!

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Penny tried to puppy-dog-eyes her way out of the bath

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Which turned into the same “How could you do this to me?” eyes that Eko gave me

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But what Eko and Penny certainly enjoyed was how much shorter bathtime was with the hose. They also appreciated the hose kept water from spraying in their eyes

If you bathe your pups at home I highly recommend looking into a detachable hose for your showerhead. They’re pretty inexpensive and they make it so much easier to efficiently and thoroughly clean your dog.

Comments for Dog Baths Made Easy

  1. it’s a great idea and Easy agreed for the shorter bathtime… but as long as water is included there, it ill be a challenge in our house :o(

  2. Victoria says:

    we actually bought a new shower head that came with a long attached spray nozzle and yeah made life so much easier (except for the huge dog in the tub not loving bath time -that never changes)

  3. dashlilly says:

    Yep, when I bought mine I had the same feeling — are you kidding me? Why didn’t I buy this years ago??? I am lucky that Dash hops right in but Lilly… well, she takes some coaxing. Great post!

  4. nerdgrl (Kim S.) says:

    Amara loves to come in to the shower with me AFTER I’ve showered. It’s not like she doesn’t have access to water any time she wants from her water dish, but there must be something oh so much better about licking the water up in the shower. Don’t ask me; she’s a nut! We’ve only given her one bath so far and we did it the same way we did with Steffi…in the tub with my husband after he’s at the end of HIS bath. So, obviously, no pictures will EVER be taken of the process! Amara is about as keen about the process as Steffi was. Mini schnauzers are not known for their love of water.

  5. Emmadog says:

    Mom put in the hose thing in the guest bath last year as we always get our baths there. It is much better, but we are still not real thrilled!

  6. Kismet says:

    All dogs get it in the shower and we had that built in.

  7. stephumina says:

    I have had one of these since I was a kid and I cant imagine bathing a dog without one 🙁 once Nala outgrew the laundry sink it was a neccessity. I would love it though if I could find one with higher pressure to really get the muck and sand out of their skin like the ones and the diy dog washes.

  8. paws2smile says:

    I bought the same one you have! Ha! I bought it a few years ago and YES it certainly makes things easier. 🙂

  9. A friend told me about waterless dog shampoo, and I found lots of them when I googled it. It’s for between baths or post-surgeries – wish I’d known about it after Daisy’s surgeries and during her back recovery! Our shower head is the detachable type and we can change the flow width and intensity, so it works well for Daisy. She still hates baths, but it’s easier for us anyway! 😉

  10. Booooooo for baths!!! Yaaaaaay for that super adorable last picture! *ear licks* Noodle

  11. Cupcake says:

    Shorter bath time sounds good to me. Ditto if Mom could leave out the part where I stand there covered with anti-itch, doggie-conditioner for 5 minutes. That is the longest 5 minutes of my life!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  12. Jo Rhodes says:

    We have a shower head on a hose. My boys Sam and Dean are always very polite about the bath time feelings. It’s always, “No, thank you. Look how cute we are ! There’s no need for this.” It descends in into ” I CANNOT love you!!” It takes a lot extra treats (thanks for the Zukes) and belly rubs to be forgiven.
    Much love to Eko and Penny

  13. fredrieka says:

    Momwithoutpaws just makes me go into the shower with her, she has a hand held shower massage thingy, I still hate it but it is faster for her..

  14. For being a rather dim dog, Sam has calculated just how far away he needs to stand in the tub to avoid the sprayer. My battles involve moving his dead weight only 10-15 times during the process. Be thankful Eko and Penny don’t have curly hair to hang on to soapy suds like Velcro-the process takes so much longer rinsing out than sudsing up. Then there’s the cleaning up process after the bath-oye;)

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