Bathing your dog is never an easy task. But there is one thing you can do that can make the bathing session go better—have a positive attitude. The idea of bathing your dog can seem dreadful, as you are reminded of the last time you tried bathing her, when she leapt out of the tub in fear and soaked the house in soapy water. The key is to remain calm and in control. When it is time to bathe your dog, simply walk up to her, put the leash around her neck, and bring her to the bath, as if this is simply a matter of business. Approaching the bath with your dog in this way will show your dog that there is nothing to worry about. Don’t think about all the negative possibilities the bathing session could entail—think of all the positive things it involves: your dog will be clean and fresh-smelling; she will shed less fur around the house; it is a moment for you and your dog to bond through physical affection. Also, during the bathing process, you can check your dog’s body for any lumps or bumps that may need the attention of your veterinarian. With the right attitude, you can make the bathing experience a positive one. If you show that you are not afraid, your dog will not be afraid either, and the bathing session will be a breeze. Then, you will both be able to enjoy the good, clean-smelling freshness of your dog.

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