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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:41 PM
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How do you coax a 100-pound Rottweiler into a bathtub?
This is serious. Usually, in the warmer weather, I turn the hose on her outside. But it has been too cool now for that. I have been brushing her, but she is definitely starting to smell like a doggie. I tried throwing a treat into the bathtub, but that didn't work. And than I tried to drag her into the tub, but she is stronger than me, so that didn't work either.

I was thinking about taking her to PetsMart which is just down the road. But they will muzzle her and that will traumatize her, plus she freaks out when anyone other than me takes her leash

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my dog into the tub?


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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:43 PM
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1. VERY carefully!
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:43 PM
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2. Chloroform
:)
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:44 PM
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3. Get in the tub with her..
make it a game.. you will have to bathe "with" her.. We used to bathe our labs in the shower with a hand held showerhead.. It was easy..

Have a towel ready before they get out and shake :)
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:50 PM
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6. hand held shower head, together in the tub.
or give up on the tub and find some warm lakes and rivers, or get buckets!!

:-)
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:46 PM
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4. Buy one of those small blowup swimming pools
at Walmart. Surely they're in stock with spring and summer coming. Set it up in the living room or other areaa that has enough room. Run the hose in from outside with an attached sprayer. (the water will probably be cold).

Now, how to empty it without getting water everywhere.... I'm sure you can figure it out!
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:49 PM
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5. That's a good idea. May try that.
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:51 PM
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7. FOOD.
I don't know too much about Rotties and water--do they like water?
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 07:01 PM
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11. Not my Rottie.
Even if there is a slight sprinkle outside, she refuses to go out. i mean, she has held it for up to three days.
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Corgigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:51 PM
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8. Jerky Treats
the whole bag.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:52 PM
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9. B A C O N
:)
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absyntheNsugar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 06:57 PM
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10. in a word...meat
I've never met a dog that wouldn't do anything for meat.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 07:11 PM
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12. Well, I just might try that.
Since I am a vegetarian, I don't have any meat on hand, but I'll have to go buy some hamburger tomorrow. She is not a vegetarian doggie, cause I feed her canned and dry food. But that just might work. I guess if I throw a pound of hamburger into the tub, she won't be able to resist it.

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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 08:32 PM
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14. Cheese is a good training snack, too.
We used American cheese. My 95 lb collie/shepherd mix absolutely loved it. :)
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 08:27 PM
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13. Make sure the water isn't too cold or too hot.
Keeping the water warm will make it less uncomfortable for your dog.

Slowly acclimate her to the bathroom. Take her in the shower, but don't bathe her at first. Just give a treat and teach her to stand as calmly as she can. Then, introduce small amounts of warm water and show her that it's not threatening.

You might also try baby shampoo or something that doesn't sting the eyes or any scratches.

If things get too stinky, you could try deodorant wipes.
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