Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Nina, the picture you paint has me having a good giggle! Ok, start with one dog at a time. dont call the dog to you as that can really mess up your recall cue - rather go to the dog, put on the collar and lead and walk it to the area you want to wash it, away from the other dogs. Have a plastic bath and a lot of treats. You are going to break this down in a way that it will become acceptable to the dog. Firstly, to calm the dog, do long stroken all over the body from head to tails and long strokes along the ear. The ear contains over 200 acupressure points and the tip of the ear can stop a dog (human etc) going into shock and really calms them down. Then start with just having the dog stand next to the bucket and offer it treats, praising all the while. When the dog is happy with that, then put your hand in the water and your hand close to the dog and keep on treating and praising. Next step is to take a smaller container and put a little water on the dog, treating and praising all the time. The odds are you will not achieve this in one session, but will need to build it up over a few days. You keep on working in this manner until you can wet the dog all over. Doing it this way it is very easy to change the dogs perception of the expereience. I would start with the dog that is currently the best behaved, which will build your confidence, then start on the other two. Good luck and let me know how you progress and if you need any help.Thanks Scotty
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