Johnnie’s Inaugural Scrub

There are a couple things you really have to do with a dog you spring from a shelter, and giving them a bath is on the top of that list for us at PLF. To her dismay, Johnnie was no exception.


Mark decided he wanted to try and make it her decision to get in the tub (unlike the fate of many others who simply get picked up and plopped in). We tried for about ten minutes using one of her favorite antlers, to no avail. So she was plopped in as well. She surrendered to the suds almost immediately after we got her in there.



But, like most of our foster pups, Johnnie Cash reaped the reward of a good shake off and towel dry down afterwards. She pretended like she didn’t like that part either, but I know she was soaking up the attention.  All in all she was a model pup for her first bath time!


Photo by foster dad.

Photo by foster dad.

Photo by foster dad.

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Bath Time “Training”

Otis needed a bath, and Otis needed to do some confidence exercises. Naturally the practical solution was to combine the two into one bathing-training session! I actually shouldn’t give myself that much credit because I wasn’t planning on using bath time as a learning experience – but when we got into the bathroom I realized it was as good a chance as ever to fit in some “new experiences can be fun” training.

In fact, Otis prompted it when he didn’t resist getting into the bath right away (I guess I just have a bad track record when it comes to fosters that don’t appreciate water).  I jumped at the chance to ask him into the tub with lots of encouragement and praise. To my surprise, he hopped right in! So then I asked him to come out. He hopped right out! In, out, in, out. He was ready to do it all day.

He was much more comfortable before the water started though. Once I got the shower snake running, he turned into a little bit more of a scaredy pup, but he was still a trooper. “Mom, I really want to get out. Can I please? Pretty please? Ugh. Fine. I’ll stay. But I won’t like it.” After surviving a round of soaping, rinsing, and conditioning, it was on to his next favorite part: drying off! The shower snake was gone, and it was nothing but exciting attention from fostermama.

And of course it wouldn’t be a good spa day without relaxing in a robe after your bath. . .

The result was a fresh smelling, sparkly clean and happy pup! Which was good, because he had a very special visit to prepare for the next day.

Scrub a Dub Dub: Bath Time for Otie

Otis had a ton of fun on our weekend adventures. There is a weird thing about having fun: it often leads to a not-so-good smelling dog. Otis made it clear that he was no exception to this phenomenon, and he spent all of Saturday night and Sunday morning spreading his lovely mud, creek, and plant perfumes all over the house. The last straw was when we went to take Easter pictures and couldn’t even get within two feet of him.

It was time for a bath.

You can imagine that Honey B’Otis, the king of making sad faces, portrayed his bath time a little worse than it actually was. Don’t let him fool you – he was a champ in the tub, and by the time rinsing came around he was even wagging a little bit.

The best part, as always, was the towel drying. I think everyone is a little relieved when you make it through bath time with close to zero traumatizing events.

At the end of it all, Otis did celebratory zoomies and then even received the fosterdad seal of approval (there are few things that Mark dislikes more in this world than snuggling with a smelly dog). With how much Otis loves running through the woods, rolling in the grass, and swimming in the creek, it sure is good he tolerates bath time so well.

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