- Best Dog Bathing Tool?
- What can I use to bath my Dog that won’t hurt my hands?
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Using the AquaPaw bathing tool is The easiest way I have found to bath a Dog…if like me, you have Arthritis /Painful Hands, then you may find yourself asking why you didn’t have this product months ago!
So many Dog owners & pet owners in general, struggle when it comes to bathing their beloved companion, that they can end up spending hundreds of pounds each year taking them to groomers, to get a straight forward bath/shower and dry their coats.
Don’t get me wrong, certain breeds of Dog, and Cats, do require professional grooming services, however, us owners really ought to be able to do a straight forward bath/shower right?
So why does bathing my Dog become such a battle?
Well, I think we fall head over heels for the soft sorrowful eyes so much, we forget that they have just “conditioned” us.
Yep, that’s right, we give in too easily. “Oh, Fido doesn’t want to go out in the rain…never mind, we can go when it stops…” “Oh, Fido doesn’t have to get down off the couch, he’s comfy…leave him there…”, “Fido isn’t growling, he’s just telling me he doesn’t like something…”
Do you see where I am going with this?
We’ve all done it at some point.
This is why bathing our Dog becomes such a battle.
We know we should set the standard when our pets are tiny, when we bring them home we should start as we mean to go on, instead of the age old excuse of “he’s only a puppy, its fine…” “Don’t worry about bathing him; he’s going to the beach… In the sea, that will clean him…”
By not being consistent enough when they are young, we are basically letting them dictate whether or not they are going to be bathed!
Now, I can look at this from two points of view really:
From a Dog owner point of view
From a Dog Trainer point of view
Like the majority of Dog Trainers, I was a Dog owner first.
Right from a young age my family home included a Dog. After I left home and had a family of my own, I had multiple Dogs at a time.
However, when I think about it, when it came to the Dogs needing a bath (generally due to rolling in the unpleasant out-comings of farm animals), there was never any “Come on Fido bath time” being yelled, and definitely never any kind of baby talk to the Dogs. It was a straight forward process of
- Sort the garden hose pipe
- Hold Dogs collar
- Clip on the lead
- Wet the Dog use a bit of Dog shampoo (if we had any, otherwise is was soap)
- And to quote a famous Hairstylist, “Rinse and Repeat”
That was all there was to it! Simple.
And the Dogs never growled, they accepted the fact that they were having it done, no “what if’s or maybe’s”.
The Dogs were then towel dried and left in the garden to dry off. Never a thought about using a hairdryer to dry the Dog … wowser, my parents would have gone berserk with using electricity for the “Dog”!
So you see, everything seemed very matter of fact. “This is what is happening to you Fido, not up for discussion”. And it was the same when it came to grooming our Dogs. We didn’t have nor need a pocket full of Dog treats. The task was done, end of.
And when I now look at it all from a Dog Trainer’s point of view, yes, I am still methodical with my own Dog’s. However, when I hear the stories of owners who’s Dog’s would rather bite them, than be bathed, that is unnerving and downright dangerous.
Yet when I talk to those owners, there is always a common denominator, and that is how they treat their Dog like a human/child. (Instead of treating it like a Dog.)
Many people call it “humanisation”. However, the correct term is “anthropomorphise”. It is causing behavioural issues with those Dogs, but the Dogs are merely reacting to how they have been raised. It’s a symptom of their environment, nature versus nurture.
What advice is there for bathing a puppy?
I offer this advice to take away from this: (paraphrased from a fantastic Pet Dog Trainer in the USA, whom I think more of us should be like with our Dogs)
“Remember, that when you purchase a puppy, you are not raising a puppy. You are raising a DOG.”
Only accept behaviour from a puppy that you would be happy to expect from an adult Dog. It’s not cute or fun to have a 50kg German shepherd try to bite you when you try to bath it, so don’t let a puppy mouth you when you try to bath it. I’m sure you get the gist of it
It’s not very often a new Dog grooming/bathing product comes onto the market that I get excited about.
However, I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have got excited with this one. It is a game changer in regard to bathing pets.
In all my Dog owning life, I can honestly say I have never had a problem with my Dogs when it comes to them needing to be bathed. However, none of them have had sensitive skin issues either! Up until recently.
So, that it’s self gave me a challenge, trying to keep my Dogs skin from being too itchy, and trying to make sure that my Dog doesn’t get any kind of yeast issues.
So after addressing the issues internally, with diet etc, I was then looking for an easier way to address the sensitive skin externally. My Dog was OK IN a bath but it was not practical given our bathroom and the size of my Dog… (Very big).
And the other challenge I was finding, was that when trying to use the hose on my Dog, the shower type adapter for the garden just made the water come out way too fast for my sensitive Dog and it actually felt like a bit like a power shower. Good for us, just not for my Dog.
(It’s worth adding here, that my other Dog, a Sprocker, loves any kind of bath….even if it was coming straight from a hydrant, he would be there, waiting for the water)
What is the easy way to bath your Dog?
So while searching the internet for a possible adapter for the garden hose, I was thrilled to bits to find what I can only describe as a HUGE BREAKTHROUGH in Dog Bathing/Grooming.
THIS is the easy way to Bath your Dog!
Let me introduce you all (if you don’t already know …) to the Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool.
This beauty is a whole new game changer when it comes to bathing/showering Dogs/pets.
Why? Let me explain to you what makes the AquaPaw special, in my opinion:
What are the best points about the AquaPaw?
My top 10 selling points for the AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool
1) It is so easy to use (even with my small sized hands
2) It is easy to regulate the water flow
3) It has a brilliant on/off switch in the palm of your hand
4) Multiple tap adaptors
5) Feels like a rubber Dog Grooming brush
6) Doesn’t startle the Dog
7) Has plenty of hose to it
8) Very Sturdy
9) The strap on the back of your hand is easy to adjust
I could carry on listing the AquaPaw plus points.
What are the negative points of the AquaPaw?
To be bluntly honest, I can’t find any negative points about the AquaPaw. I have had mine for over 6 months now, and in that time it has had plenty of usage, I can tell you. In fact I am purchasing another one to have as a standby, as I couldn’t imagine not using one to bath my Dogs now!
It’s not very often I can’t find any negative things to say about Dog products, especially within the Grooming sector, however this product has come out on top for me and my Dog. So I say a big thank you to AquaPaw for creating this.
What can I use to bath my Dog that won’t hurt my hands?
Another reason I like the AquaPaw is because it doesn’t take much dexterity to use it.
You don’t need to use much force in order to activate the on/off switch, so if like me you happen to have sore joints around your fingers etc, you would still be able to use it with ease.
I strongly recommend giving this Pet Bathing Tool a try. Being able to turn the water off, with a clench of your fist on the bathing tool, so you can add shampoo etc to your pet, without wasting water, without getting soaked to the skin yourself, is just brilliant.
Take a look at our videos to see why I won’t use any other product!
Here is just a small selection of more of my favourite Dog Products
Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative. Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner that I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links (please refer to my full disclosure throughout my website) therefore if you do use them, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself. However, these products are a selection of the products I use with my own Dogs and I have no problem at all in recommending them to likeminded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.
Tough Dog Toy – KONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much as I can put my Dogs food in it and freeze it, it becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)
DINGO GEAR Bite Sleeve – DINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog absolutely loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.
Tough Dog Muzzle – Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff, but, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.
Dog Grooming/Bathing – The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. If you have difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dog/s, or if you have dexterity issues with your hands (like me, I have arthritis), then this product can make it much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.
Dog Cage – Ellie – Bo Dog Cage I know the use of Dog cages/crates is always likely to be a contentious one in the Dog owning world, however I do believe it’s a personal choice, and there are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use. First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in, and that is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage, It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. I recently purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand. The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic. For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time, in terms of foldable portable Dog cages go, and they fitted my Dogs at that time and my vehicles with ease. I used to tether them to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles so they were secure, and they didn’t move. they may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view, especially if they are going in a vehicle. ( Although there are specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, I am simply talking about foldable cages here, in this Dogblog) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you, I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!
Health Supplement – Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet and I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet. However, regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there are some vitamins and minerals that are just a tad harder to find than others, and that is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut, recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock, natural source of B group vitamins which are essential for growth and healthy nervous and digestive system.. there are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my Dogs condition, especially one which is on long term sterodial medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)
Tick Remover – O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease. TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do! So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use, it tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick that is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.
Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – One of the main selling points for me with this Flea and Tick spray is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients. I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now and none of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.) The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog, however it calms down very quickly and it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all and the odour doesn’t appear to affect my Dog in any way. I apply it especially before my Dog is to have off leash exercise as it’s a guarantee that my Dog will at the least brush past bracken or be around where Deer or livestock have been. (*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s as I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)
Dog Agility & Hoopers – Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!
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