If you have a dog tub you might be thinking that size would solve all the issues you may encounter using the tub. I wish it was that easy. While it’s true that you need a large size wash tub to accommodate bigger breeds of dogs, don’t think that a large size will make all your problems go away.
In most cases, the big issue with dog wash tubs in general is the dog’s behavior. If it was just a matter of getting the right equipment ready, then most people wouldn’t have a problem washing their canine companions. There really wouldn’t be much of an issue as long as they buy a large enough piece of equipment.
Unfortunately, just because your dog is a certain size, it doesn’t necessarily mean it would behave like a dog of that size. A lot of people think that if they have a large breed dog then they would necessarily have to deal with the dog spraying water all over the place or drying itself and splattering water. While this does happen from time to time, if you properly train your pet the problem pretty much takes care of itself.
The biggest problem with large pieces of dog washing equipment like a large wash tub is the dog’s temperament. Training can only go so far. Even if you have a small pet, if the dog simply has the wrong personality, you may have a big problem on your hands. The flip side is also true. Just because you have a big dog, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be a hassle washing your pet. Pay more attention to your pet’s personality.
Now, I don’t want to paint a picture that if your pet is of a certain temperament then you really have no hope. I’m not saying that at all. There is always room for improvement and there is always a solution. You can always walk around your pet’s personality. For example, if you have a pet that is very hard to wash at certain times of the day, keep shifting your wash schedule until your pet is more compliant.
Is this a slam dunk? Is this going to work across the board? Absolutely not. Still, by being open minded to moving things around and scheduling your way around the problem instead of simply putting your arms up in the air and giving up, you stand a better chance of addressing the issue.
Again, it’s not really the size of your equipment that is the issue. The bigger problems with dog tubs is the personality of the occupant. A lot of owners think that if they have a pet that’s of a certain breed then temperament issues go away. Well, not so fast. While there is quite a bit of correlation between breeds and temperaments, this is not set in stone. There are of course many pets of a certain breed that do not behave like the typical member of that breed.
Don’t use breed as a shorthand for ease of bathing and maintenance. I wish it was that easy. I wish that you only need to look at the breed of the dog for all your clean up and dog bathing problems to go away. I wish it was just a matter of picking the right equipment and matching it with the right breed of dog and all your headaches dissolve.
It doesn’t work that way. You have to almost look at it from a case to case basis. Work with your dog. Your dog doesn’t want to have a bad time. Your dog doesn’t want to give you a bad time. By simply allowing yourself to give your dog the proper space and time for proper bathing, chances are, you will solve the problem once and for all. It’s only a matter of time.
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