Stalling the After-Bath Shake

dogwash5-754520Today was bath day here at DogTipper; the weather is so warm we were able to have the first outdoor dog baths of the season.

Although it’s not so critical with outdoor baths as it is indoors, we wanted to test a tip we’ve read numerous times but never tried: you can prevent (well, stall) your dog from the big shake that you know is coming after the bath by holding his snout.

It worked! This tip is so simple and buys you enough time to grab a towel, move out of the way, or reach for the conditioner if you’re not finished with the bathing.

To stop the post-bath shake, just gently hold your dog’s muzzle. (Although you don’t really see it, the big shakeoff actually begins at the nose and works its way down your dog’s body.) When your dog can’t start the shake with his head, he just waits. Your dog will still shake when you release the snout but this handy tip can help you position him (or you) before it happens.

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  • Great tip!!! I also learned when they are in the bathtub not to wash the head til last. When the head is wet, that’s when they shake it off in the tub. I end up wetter than he does sometimes. LOL
    .-= Carol Bryant´s last blog ..City of Brotherly and Fido Love: Philadelphia =-.

    • Ahh…good tip there!! LOL…I’m always needing a bath worse than the dogs once the whole dog bath experience is done 🙂

  • Pintu

    nice tip!!!