In fact, only one unpleasant washing experience can have a negative impact on your dog and teach them to fear showers. Baths might make your dog feel unsafe if he is scalded by hot water, slips and falls in the tub, gets water up his nose, or gets stinging shampoo in his eyes.
Even negative experiences with other grooming procedures, such as having their nails clipped too short, can build negative associations with bath time if they occur frequently.
Tonka the Malamute like being in the water, but not in baths. Simply ask his mother! Every time he receives one, he makes it extremely plain. Tonka became dirty today while swimming in the pool, so he needed a wash to clean up. So Mom did what she needed to do, but it’s questionable whether the crazed Malamute will ever forgive her!
Mom tries to explain with her disgruntled dog, but he won’t even return her stare! “When I bathe him, this is what I get.” She says, “I get the cold shoulder.” “And those melancholy howls.”
“Aren’t you glad you’re finally clean?” No? Not even a smidgeon of happiness? Yes, I am. You have a much nicer odor now!” Have you ever seen a dog behave in this manner? What a tenacious and dramatic dog! Way too amusing and adorable.