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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2014, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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My 6 months old dog is absolutely frighten of water, it won't let me wet it. I tried to slowly wet it with warm water, use a cup and pour over it body slowly, avoiding the head but still very difficult. It won't stay still, always try to get out of the sink and avoid water. It never allow me to do my job easily, many times it took me 2 hours long just to get the job done. It come to the point that force is the only solution because it smells really bad and dirty, which I cannot tolerate. What kind of tricks or method you guys used for your dog so it can be comfortable with water?

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I can only compare to how I overcome Charlie's hatred of the nail cutters. In the beginning it took two of us, with my hubby holding a treat to his nose while I just tapped the nail cutters on his nails. Then we progressed to clipping one nail and giving him a couple of treats then stopping. Then 2 nails and a few treats and so on. We're now at the stage where I can cut all the nails on one of his back feet then treat, then the other back foot. However front feet is still one nail one treat (he's no fool).

So I can only suggest you go very slowly. Find the treats he loves and just start with him standing in the empty sink / bath and give him some treats so he associates it with good things. Once he's over this stage (may take a few days) then progress to him standing in the sink with maybe just one inch of water in it and lots of treats. Go very slowly, gradually increasing the volume of water over many days and lots of praise and treats. Hopefully he'll associate it with good things and get used to it that way.

Just my thoughts but others on here have much more experience.
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I think Ruth has given you some good ideas. I would also suggest that you take him to a groomer, and tell them how afraid he is,. If you pick a good groomer, they will be gentle, but they also have the tools and the skill to get the job done fast and well. A Havanese should NEVER stink! If he smells, he has gone way too long between baths.

You can't go back in time now, but for other people with new puppies reading this, I'd suggest weekly baths from the time you get your puppy home. The more often you do it, as long as you are gentle, the faster they will get used to it. Few dogs LIKE geting bathed, but with some training, they learn to tolerate it.


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Ruth and Karen are right, particularly the part about getting your dog accustomed to it. Perhaps the sink is too confining and the bathtub would be less stressful? Good luck!
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Chloe is pretty good with her baths. She just doesn't keep still. I'm afraid with the nail cutting thing, I leave that to the groomer. When she had her first groom they said she did really well.


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I would suggest taken him to groomer then a few days later give another try but only to the back legs… Wait a few more days and do his back… Wait a few more days and do his front paws…. you get the picture, just so he can get use to being in the water for a few minutes at time and gradually make it last longer and longer. You’re going have to be patient with him. He is still a puppy. Just like Ruth said have treats and make it into a party – praise him for being so brave. Eventually he will get use to it or at least tolerate it. I know going to the groomer can get expensive so that can be your motivation to be patient with him, it will save you tons of money.

I know for my guys every time I groom them, bath them, file/grind their nails after I’m done, I say “Okay All Done” and they know is over and they get a treat and all four get treats for being quiet and not getting in the way of whoever is being groom. LOL

Get a high-valve treat, my guys LOVE liverwurst; that’s what I use when I got them to get use to the nail grinder – Vino is the only one that is still squeamish but he tolerates with my husband loving on him and distracting him while I trim down his nails. Don’t get discourage – they all struggle at first…..Good Luck!

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