See how the Groomers Harness Tub Products work!
One thing that I have learned is that dogs get very nervous in the tub. One thing that upsets them is the slippery surface in the tub.
They also do not like the sound their nails make when they try to get away.
To solve this problem, I use a PawMat in the tub. They are easy to disinfect, and can be hung up to dry.
Another issue in the tub is trying to keep the dog in place, even with a neck loop or collar. Because the dog is on its hind legs launching itself towards the edge of the tub, the dog ends up putting a lot of pressure on its trachea and neck.
Training is difficult if you are spending all of your time trying to control the dogs. If I can keep my hands free from holding the dogs back, I can keep my hands soft.
Having the dog secure means that my stress is reduced, and if I am calm, the dogs will be calm. Once the dog is trained, you will find that no restraint is needed.
The Groomers Harness is extremely helpful for training the dog in the tub. To wash a dog, we need our hands free. Trying to keep a wet soapy dog in the tub can be a challenge. The harness helps the dogs to learn where their feet should be. It teaches them muscle memory.
The Groomers Harness with the Tub Anchor is what you need.
You will need a way to attach the Tub Anchor and the Harness. This is what I use.
Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions:
In my salon, I use a tub platform for small dogs:
I use the groomers Harness Tether as an Anchor on the Platform. This can also be used on a fold up grooming table like the one seen below.
Another issue that I have found in the tub is noise phobia caused by the use of High Velocity dryers in the tub. The decibels are are very high on these dryers, but within the walls of the tub is is excruciating for a dog, whose hearing is much greater that a humans. Many dogs who panic during the bath have experienced this at some point in their life. I prefer to wrap the dog in a very absorbent Turkish cotton towel. It's a very comfortable, kind experience. Think of them as you would think of yourself.
No Tub? Only a walk in shower, can't get on your knees? Consider using a fold up grooming table in the shower! I use one like this at home, because my garden tub is not an option! I cover it up with a shower curtain then put a PawMat on top of the shower curtain to protect the table.