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2.0k points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

Just a warning for those planning to try this: it relies on your dog loving peanutbutter more than they hate baths. Mine slammed her face into the peanutbutter the moment water touched her. Washing it off took more effort than just keeping her corralled during the shower.

Edit: They may look stupid as hell, but those wands with the extendable hoop and dog shampoo worked wonders for my larger dogs.

level 2

Mine slammed her face into the peanutbutter the moment water touched her

I'm so sorry you had to deal with that mess but holy shit that's hilarious for some reason. Hope she's alright!

level 3

She's good and its hilarious almost every time it happens. She's also known to try jumping, from the floor, over the back of the couch and missing. She may not be bright, but her face is amazing at moving sectionals

level 4

We need puppy tax!!

Also I can relate. My little man is very far from intelligent. He’s dopey and ridiculous and I love him. This peanut butter trick doesn’t work for him either. Hates baths too much

level 4

Every time it happens? I would give up on the peanut butter after a couple of attempts

level 5

Every time she bangs her head into anything at all! She seems to get a little more brain damage each time. I'm considering getting her a helmet

level 6

oh my god one of my dogs is just like this! he hits his head several times a day, and it doesn't even seem to bother him. it's like he doesn't know where his head is. granted he is a big-ish dog.

level 2

My dog didn't even try to go for it. Saw the peanut butter, realized what was happening and took off.

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106 points · 9 months ago

I had a similar experience. I put a glob of peanut butter on a spatula and coaxed her into the bathroom with it. She happily followed me, licking away. I smeared it on the wall of the shower, things clicked in her brain box and she was gone. I ended up carrying her 60 pound, limp body into the bath and she ignored the peanut butter all together. If looks could kill... I'd be murdered slowly and painfully.

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level 5

Same. Peanut butter is so greasy. Blehhhhh

level 2

Yea my pup lunged away from the water and smeared his entire side onto the peanut butter. I haven't tried it since

level 2

Hijacking this comment to say that frequent baths when they’re puppies/ during their socialization period are key. You don’t have to soap them all up every time either. Just pretend to do the whole she-bang then reward them after, make the drytime a playtime or give lots of nom noms.

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24 points · 9 months ago

Every pet I've gotten has been an adult from a shelter, so sadly this isn't an option for me. Actually did try the PB technique, but the poor dog just bowed her head down and cowered the entire time. Treats after the bath have not worked, neither has lots of affection. I think the dog has a phobia and it's tough to work through that with a person nevermind a dog.

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My 80lbs dog was also an adult rescue. He’s very calm once in the tub but trying to get him in there is always a hassle. If he even has an inkling that it’s bath time he runs down the stairs and won’t budge for hours. And his defensive mechanism when he’s scared? Peeing. So most of the time bath day is also clean the house day bc there will be a trail of piss from the bottom of the stairs up to the bathroom. Ugh.

level 4

Just because they're adults doesn't males they can't still be trained.

While working in a shelter I'd have to occasionally bath adult cats. Cats. They hated it until they learned to tolerate it, which can be done for most animals.

level 5

Thankfully I got my cat as a kitten. She loves baths and occasionally tries to jump into my shower.

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4 points · 9 months ago

Maybe we have to start small and get her used to being sprinkled with tiny bits of water at first. I agree she can be trained - we've taught her lots of things. The water situation is the worst one, it's something she's so terrified of that I cannot get her attention in any way when water is near. She even start panicking at the sound of rivers in the distance!

level 6

Funny thing: my dog loves baths, loves swimming, loves anything with water except being sprinkled with it

level 5

Any tips on bathing an adult cat that isn't used to it?

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Yeah, I would put it on Saran wrap and tape it to the wall

level 2

Wand with extendable hoop? Shower wand? Can you elaborate? My dog loves peanut butter but hates baths probably more than enough to ignore peanut butter.

level 3

It's a goofy looking piece of plastic with two crossed pieces. Those pieces fold open or closed to fit whatever size dog. They also have holes along the inside of the "hoops" and a toggle for letting shampoo through. It's one of those "as seen on TV" products but we got ours from Walmart. My big girl needs a bath soon so I could make a vid if you're interested

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I think he's talking about this thing.

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