Leo is my dog and my ever-present companion. You may have seen photos as he is my favorite subject. In any case, from time to time Leo needs a good bath after frolicking in the yard, especially in the mud. Why he likes the outdoors after it rains, who knows? Why he loves to runaround in the sprinklers, don’t ask why. I suppose there is something irresistible about water, even if it does not apply to a bath. That is not his favorite pastime.
No, Leo is not thrilled about getting doused in the house. So I have often resorted to a shampooing on the patio with the garden hose. That suits him just fine, but he doesn’t always have a choice. When it is too cold out there for me, I move the entire enterprise inside. If my hands are frozen, they can’t give him that gentle massage that it is cleaning ritual specialty. If I am shivering, it does him no good.
So indoors is the place to be on bath day. I don’t really welcome them either. Getting Leo to agree to a washing is a chore. You have to work at it. There is a lot of coddling and coaxing going on plus a dog treat or two. When he finally gets settled in the guest room tub, I am ready to proceed. You can never really get a dog rinsed thoroughly with a normal faucet so I have installed a detachable handheld shower head. It is that European style fixture that is a bit odd in construction, but does the job just fine.
There are pros and cons with this method however. Let’s have a look. First of all there is less control over the flailing thing since it does not have a permanent mounting. It hooks onto a receptacle of sorts (not the sturdiest), and sometimes when finished, you miss and it falls to the bottom of the tub. If Leo positions himself just right, the neck will stretch and the showerhead will reach the pup straight on. If he goes to the far end of the tub, it will not. You have to deal with it! One other little problem is flyaway spray if the head is not cleaned often.
On the good side, the device is great for rinsing soap from his fur and it is adjustable for degree of spray and amount of water flow. You can get these detachable devices in different finishes to match your other fixtures for the appropriate degree of décor. They also come in styles from modern to old world to suit your fancy. They can cost as little or as much as you want to spend. For Leo, I will fork over any amount to give him a nice experience.
If you want to enjoy bath time with your pet, I recommend detachable showerheads since they can be installed easily and also removed when they are no longer needed. You obviously can’t put a pooch in an actual shower, so going this route will ensure optimum cleanliness and a pretty good time.