oh, he does
mean indoor bathing? When he said "he just walks away" i figured outdoor bathing, lol.
You could also use leash indoors in tub, and have it under your knee, or tied to the faucet.
(lol, not sure how big of a dog we are talking about though!!)
I can get my dog to hop in tub, and be very happy about this! I could probably get him to nap in the tub if i tried.
Getting him in the tub was never the hard part, it was keeping
him in the tub. (it's not now, he's resigned to it now
, after learning he does live, even if bathed,
but, it's a whole other thing when the water is turned on, Buddy, like Raider, would probably prefer to leave then, if he had the option to/if the choice ws left up to him.
I just do it, get it over with, it doesn't take that long. If my dog did walk away (mine can't, since we have actual bathtub with sides, and i can sort of block him from jumping out, but he doesn't even try anymore, but he did the first few baths, but not now)
if he did that, then i'd leash him, and kneel on the leash. I just praise him the whole time.
I myself found it very difficult to give food rewards when bathing, i just skipped it. I do rub peanut butter on the wall of tub. My dog has gotten used to baths, but, it's not his favorite thing.
//" Now after he is reliably staying for a couple of seconds, take a cup of luke-warm water and let a couple of drops fall onto the back.
Reward and let out of the tub."//
<---take care you aren't rewarding pulling, attempts to get out, signs the dog IS freaking out, shake-offs, etc,
or dog might think, "Geez, last time i freaked out or pulled away, or shook my fur around---- mom gave me prizes and let me out, wonder why it isn't working now?"
but if your dog has really severe thing about tubs, i would def follow CWolf's plan, is good plan.
also, Raider's dog won't come back to her at that point,
which is her complaint. I can picture, if i let Buddy out, halfway through a bath, as we progressed along these steps,
i might also have trouble luring him back over to the tub
for 2nd half of the bath.
not sure, never tried it,
but, i can picture Buddy doing that, too, ha ha.
my dog just had the normal, typical dog aversion to getting baths, not
anything like a panic attack, etc, Buddy just would have voted to end the bath. but if your dog IS having the severe form of a bath-phobia, i'd follow CWolf's steps.