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Genius Toy Keeps Dog Standing Still, Bath Time Has Never Been Easier

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Dogs are one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind. They’re loyal, loving, huggable, and downright good (most of the time).

But as they’ve been domesticated and become permanent indoor installations, dog owners have run into a problem. That ominous “dog” smell.

No matter how much you gussy up your little froo-froo dog, and no matter how many pink bows you put in its hair, it’s still a dog at heart. And dogs are animals with a penchant for getting into stinky things and steeping in the stench.

Even if your dog is relatively well-behaved, like people, they just start to smell after a bit. So we bathe them — but that opens up a Pandora’s box of problems all on its own.

While some dogs love bath time, many hate it. They’ll hide when they hear water running. They’ll splay all four legs and try to resist being put in a tub.

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If you’re blessed to have a pooch who doesn’t mind water, be thankful. You won’t have to experience the cajoling or dragging necessary to get your dog into the tub.

If you have a resistant bather, you’ve probably tried every trick in the book. Securing them with a leash to keep them from moving, keeping a hand on their collar at all times, or just locking the door to the bathroom and accepting that you are about to create a watery war zone.

But some clever people have come up with a simple life hack to help your recalcitrant pup actually look forward to tub time.

Some owners have already figured out the basics, unceremoniously slathering peanut butter against the wall of the tub to keep their dog busy while they get all soaped up.

But Rob and Megan Hoover have come up with a more refined version, and the results are impressive.

The Hoovers have designed an ingenious contraption to contain the peanut butter so you don’t end up having to hose down the entire tub.

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It’s called a “Bath Buddy,” and it’s a paw-shaped silicone mat that attaches to any flat, slick surface with a suction cup.

You simply spread peanut butter on the Bath Buddy, stick it at dog-level height, and they’ll stay glued to the peanut butter until they lap it all up.

Of course, depending on your dog and how much of a chow hound they are, you may have a very short span of time during which your dog holds still — but for those who are at their wits’ end, it’s certainly worth a try!

It will not, however, protect you from the smug shake at the end of bath time, when your dog ends up dry and you end up soaked in a matter of seconds.

Would this product work for your dog? Have you tried any other methods that are dog and owner-friendly?

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking