The job of bathing a dog can be tricky at the best of times. They don’t always want to keep still or appreciate the cleansing process. The first instinct of bathing a dog at home is to use the bath tub. It is built for human bathing, so should handle the needs of pets well enough. However, there are some downsides to this approach. Many find that dog baths and dog grooming tubs are much more suitable. Here are some of the pros and cons of each to help you make up your mind.
The Pros of the Human Bathtub
We all know that the bathtub works great for bathing and high volume of water. We use them ourselves on a regular basis, so have confidence in the good plumbing and that there is no risk of leaks. There is also plenty of space in a typical tub for larger dogs, and the shower attachment adds to the ease of use when rinsing them down. The bath tub is also within the waterproof, purpose built bathroom – so it doesn’t mater so much if a little water flies around. It is easy to clean muddy paw prints here too.
The Cons of the Human Bath Tub
The biggest issue here is that these tubs are a little too big for some dogs. It can be difficult to reach in and handle some smaller pets, especially when we have to get down on our hands and knees on the bathroom floor. It doesn’t help that the dog will have to either be lifted in or jump in – neither of which are always that safe. You don’t want the dog getting injured, or any injury to your back.
The Benefits of Choosing a Dog Bath Tub Instead
A dog bath tub is purpose build for the job, which means the perfect capacity and ease of access. Most brands will offer models in different sizes, based on the breeds they are suitable for. They are often more portable too, which means they can be used somewhere that is more appropriate. Perhaps it makes more sense to set up the bath in the kitchen because the dogs are more comfortable there. Many of these dog baths and grooming tubs also have great additional features. These includes restraints for the dog’s safety, splash guards to minimize the mess and shelves for products.
The Cons of Choosing One of These Doggy Grooming Tubs
There are still some potential issues here. You may still have to lift dogs in and out, unless a specialized tub with a ramp, electric lift or other aid. There is also the fact that the plumbing isn’t always as reliable with these options.
There are pros and cons to both options. A well-designed dog bath tub – at the right height and with the right plumbing – does provide a much easier approach for many dog owners. The additional features and capacity are appealing. It all depends on the needs of the dog, the ease of use and the comfort and security of all involved