This dog is all excited when his owner asks if he wants to go for a walk, but mention the word "bath" and you'll get a whole different response!
Do you ever get the feeling that your dog understands you? Does he seem to know exactly what you're saying when you're talking out loud? Ever find yourself spelling out words in the hope that your dog can't spell, too? There are two particular words that dogs seem to master quite quickly: walk and bath.
The dog in this video clearly understands both of those words - much too well, in fact. Even when his owner keeps her tone even when saying each word, it's clear that the dog recognizes the word "bath" as something to be feared. At least his owner will have no doubt as to where his hiding place is!
Does your dog fear baths like this dog does? There are a number of ways that you can make bathtime easier on both of you. First, don't make a big deal out of the event. Stay casual, try to avoid using the word "bath," and act like it's any other activity.
Take the time to play with your dog before bathing him. Playing will get some of his excess energy out, making him more likely to cooperate with you. When you're finished with playtime, make sure that you have a leash attached to your dog's collar so that he can't try to run off and hide elsewhere in the house.
When you bathe your dog, praise him for everything that he does right. Don't expect perfection, especially if you haven't bathed your dog much before. Try to keep your dog's initial baths short and as pleasant as possible. Always reward him after bathtime is finished, and follow up with plenty of praise.
While your dog may never grow to love being bathed, he can learn to better tolerate the activity.