Pet Washing Tip: Why to Avoid Bathing Your Dog in the Bathtub

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If your pup enjoys a splash in the mud when you’re out on a walk, or they tipped over your spaghetti dinner, and it landed right on them, an impromptu bath may be your only option. While bathing your dog in the bathtub isn’t inherently harmful, there are certain factors that may make it less ideal than other techniques. Let’s take a look at some reasons why you might want to rethink bathing your pup in the tub and consider booking them for a pet wash at the groomers.


Unfortunately, bathtubs aren’t designed for dogs, so they don’t come with steps to move in and out of easily and safely. Whether you have a big dog or a smaller one, getting a wet pup out of the tub is never easy or mess-free.

Size and Space

Bathtubs can be small and confining, especially for larger dogs. This may make it difficult for you and your pet to move comfortably during bathing. Imagine the soapy splash from their wet and wagging tail slapping the sides of the bath while you’re busy!

Slippery Surface

While some pups may love a good splash, a wet dog in a bathtub may not be the best idea. The surface of a bathtub can be slippery, which could lead to injury for both you and your dog. And, if your dog can’t stand steady during their bath, they may be more focused on getting out than being cleaned.

Stress and Anxiety

Bathtime can be an uncomfortable experience for dogs, and having to be confined in a bathtub may add to their anxiety. This can make the bathing process more challenging and less enjoyable for both of you.

Temperature and Water Pressure

When you’re rinsing your pup, it may be challenging to maintain a consistent water temperature in the bathtub. Sudden changes in temperature can be uncomfortable for your dog, especially if they aren’t yet accustomed to being bathed. And, though you may enjoy strong water pressure for your showers, your dog may not and could find the noise and force of the water scary.

Hair Clogging

If you’ve ever had to unclog your drain, you’ll understand how unpleasant it can be to remove backed-up hair. In the same way our hair can clog the pipes, dog hair can also accumulate in the drain and cause clogs.

Alternative Options: Professional Grooming for Your Dog

Searching the internet for professional dog bathing near me? petbar has you covered with a range of options for every type of pup and its owner. For some dogs, professional grooming services may be a better option as groomers are experienced in handling dogs during baths and can provide a more comfortable environment with positive reinforcement and plenty of patience.

Full-Service Wash

Bathtime might not be your favorite way to spend time with your dog, and understandably so. We offer a full-service dog wash which includes:

  • Bathing: A thorough wash using appropriate dog shampoos, conditioners, and grooming products.
  • Brushing and Detangling: Our bathers use hair-specific brushes on your dog’s coat to remove loose hair and tangles. This helps in maintaining a healthy coat and reduces shedding, especially on your favorite couch.
  • Nail Trimming: Trimming a dog’s nails is an essential part of grooming to prevent discomfort and potential health issues.
  • Ear Cleaning: Gently cleaning a dog’s ears can help prevent infections and promote overall ear health.
  • Teeth Brushing: Our services include teeth brushing to maintain oral hygiene and prevent smelly face licks!
  • Drying: After the bath, dogs are dried thoroughly to avoid discomfort and keep them from getting cold when they leave.
  • Styling and Trimming: Depending on your dog’s breed and your preference, some grooming services include styling and trimming to give the dog a neat and polished appearance.
  • Additional Services: We also offer specialized services like anal gland expression, flea and tick treatments, oatmeal baths and spa facials, and more. 

Self-Service Wash

If you and your pup get along just fine during bathtime, and you want to enjoy bonding with suds and splashes, you can still visit our petbar boutique and make use of our self-service pet wash stations. The best part? You can wash and go and leave the cleanup to us! Our self-service option includes: 

  • Non-Slippery Ramps: Our non-slippery ramps are designed to ensure the safety of both pets and their owners. These ramps provide a secure surface for dogs to walk on as they enter and exit the bathing area, minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries.
  • Top-of-the-Line Tubs: Our high-quality tubs are designed with durability and ease of use in mind. They have adjustable heights and simple drainage systems. These tubs accommodate dogs of various sizes and help you avoid back pain from bending over too long!
  • Premium Products: We use specialized products such as dog shampoos, conditioners, and grooming tools. Our premium products contribute to your pup’s healthier coat, skin, and overall well-being.

Bathtime never has to be stressful when you have petbar at your service. We’re dedicated to keeping dogs healthy, happy, and squeaky clean while giving them the best care possible!

Reach out today to book a pet washing service or learn more about our other amazing products!