While some dogs may love to get baths my large husky does not. We have tried outdoor and indoor baths and have finally gotten a routine that works for the both of us. If you are bathing a large dog try these ideas:
Opt for an Indoor Bath
My dog likes to move around a lot at bath time. If you are like me and have a hard time keeping your dog still, inside your bathtub or shower is probably going to be your best bet. Put a non-slip mat inside and be sure to close the bathroom door behind you.
Invest in a Handheld Sprayer
The handheld sprayer that I finally sprung for has made bath time much easier. With a sprayer you are not spending as much time trying to reach different areas of the body to wash and it takes much less effort too.
Lay Items out First
Before you bring your dog in have a towel or bath mat on the floor to soak of any water that spills, have the shampoo you are going to use nearby, and have a towel ready to go. Make sure to change your clothes into one that are okay to get a little dirty.
Bathing and Drying
Your dog may be willing to get into the tub without much difficulty. My dog doesn’t go easily so I usually toss a small treat in and he will jump after it. Once you get your dog into the tub completely wet their fur and then lather shampoo on avoiding the eyes, noise, and mouth areas. Rinse the soap off, let him shake the water off in the tub, and dry him with a towel. Until he is completely dry keep him indoors to keep his freshly washed fur clean and reward him for a job well done.
The ASPCA website is a great resource for getting tips on bathing your dog such as selecting a shampoo and bathing alternatives. They also have a section about training your dog to get in and out of the tub and when you may need to seek help from a veterinarian.