Leo’s Battle of the Bath

Leo hates baths. I’m not kidding. Leo, the (supposed) water dog, hates baths, pools, and the ocean. However, he loves standing in the torrential downpour of Florida rain. I guess it helps him think about where he wants to pee next. Anyways, getting Leo into the bathtub isn’t too difficult. Keeping him in the bath is the real problem, which makes it a two-person job—especially as he grows stronger and heavier. The weirdest part is that he will fight to get into the shower when one of us is in it. Would he try to jump out if I let him in? I’m not sure, but I’m not willing to find that one out.

We try not to give Leo baths too often because I’ve read that too many baths strip the coat of natural oils and messes with the skin’s pH balance. He also doesn’t get dirty too often. Usually, if he gets some dirt on him or something else, I’ll spot clean with a baby wipe.

When it comes to an actual bath, the Leo Battle consists of almost successful attempts at getting away and powerful body shakes, both of which end up with us and the surrounding area soaked. I’m still not sure if I should get a poncho for bath time or just wear my bathing suit. When he is sitting still, Leo will then stare up at us with the most betrayed look on his face, more so than if I fake throw the ball or when he’s sitting on the cold tabletop at the vet’s office!

As soon as bath time is over and I’m done towel drying him, Leo shifts into overdrive and crazily rubs himself on the carpet. It’s then that I know I’m forgiven and am back to having a happy pup on my hands.

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6 Comments

  1. OOH Leo you just made my Friday. :), Please keep posting

  2. I just love this!!! Thanks to you and bathing beauty Leo for sharing ❤. My pittie mix Sugar is likeminded about bath time. A lot of kisses on the wet snoutie and singing nonsensical songs during, eases the betrayal for her lol.

  3. Annemarie LaredoJuly 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Nan, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Sugar sounds like a good girl 🙂

  4. Russ MikolajczykJuly 14, 2018 at 2:03 am

    I know exactly what you are going through. Now, consider the same thing with a 100+ lb Akita/Lab Mix!
    McKinley never did grow out of it, and I still remember the Dog Shampoo suds running down the shower/tub walls, me, and part of the bathroom outside the tub. Not to mention the huge puddle I was standing in on the bathroom floor.

    Turned out to be far easier to just do it outside, using a garden hose.
    Clip the chain onto his collar and stand on it so he couldn’t get away and start rolling in the grass.
    And we still love them anyway, don’t we?🤔😁

  5. LOL. Oh, Leo! So cute. I have read that putting a little peanut butter on the shower for them to lick can work by distracting. My dogs would never be distracted and would know it is a trick. Our best item is for the dogs is a removable showered that gets right down on them and focuses the water. It takes me less than 5 minutes to both shampoo and condition, with a good rinse. The shorted the better!

  6. Royal treatment shampoo for dogs on HSN it’s tear free! I use the honey 🍯 oatmeal! Also get a gentle shower sprayer to hook to your shower, Moen has one for $30 at Menards and Lowe’s has a AquaDance 6 Setting Hand Shower. Microfiber cloths work well too.

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