Getting Started Week 24 - Rub-a-dub-dub, Bath Time!
Bath time can be a wonderful bonding
experience for you and your puppy if you start out right and go slowly.
The goal is for your puppy to love being bathed
so that it is easier and more fun for both of you!
Introduce your puppy to an empty sink or tub. Lure your puppy in and out with a
treat. (Always introduce new things when your puppy is very hungry.) Praise
every little movement closer to getting in and out. Do not force
the issue. Act happy. Use a ball or toy if that helps.
When your puppy catches on, add a cue word like "bath time" and a unique
hand signal for getting in the tub. Give your pup a "dry" bath
first. Go through all the motions - a massage, towel rub without the
When your puppy is relaxed about the bathing area, then turn the water
on and off quickly and give your puppy a treat. Get the idea?
Ease into the experience. While your puppy is being bathed pour out
juicy loving. End every bath time with a very special treat.
If you have difficulties with this exercise or if any other
behaviors, consider calling 1-800-372-3702 to learn about behavior
modification programs that can give you more customized help.
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Rub-a-dub-dub - teaching
puppy to enjoy the tub!