Thursday, 24 January 2008
bathing dogs in a hydrobath
Penny just had the first try of her new hydrobath and it was a great success, from a human and canine perspective. Penny loved it because she seemed to enjoy the massage effect of the strong jet of water. However, the main thrill was eating all those treats designed to help her remember that she likes baths. Here she is having a look at the 'cameraperson' to see if there is another nice dog biscuit on offer.
The bath is quite deep and I had to bend more than I expected. I could buy a tray that fits into the bottom and raises the level but then Penny would be able to scramble out, perhaps.
I managed to wash most of her, remembering to hold her ears pressed shut, but I'm still not sure how to do the face area. I was worried that the strong jet would hurt her eyes so I covered them with my hand also but this was the only part she didn't seem to like. I hope some readers who've had more experience than I have might give me some helpful comments!! (I'll ask Jabari's mum, of course, when we go for a walk.)
The fantastic thing about it is that it uses so little water and even that small amount can be run off into the garden. We used about a bucket and a half for the wash and another bucket of water to wash the soap off her.