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Why do Dogs go Crazy after a Bath? (Solved & Explained)

Why do dogs go crazy after a bath? Most dogs hate the bath but one of the top reasons why dogs always go crazy after a bath is because they are happy that it is over.

One of the biggest reasons why dogs go bonkers, running and rolling around after a bath is because they are happy that it is over, after all, who wants to stay in a dirty bath anyway?

After a bath, dogs usually go crazy because it is such a quick method for them to release their pent-up energy.


Dogs can also become anxious, nervous, or even agitated from a long soak. All dogs experience different levels of this stress depending on their own personalities and circumstances. This is a natural reaction, so there really is no reason why dog owners should be alarmed by this.

However, for your dog, this can actually become a problem as well. If you want to help reduce the amount of anxiety in your pet then you should make the experience of having a bath a pleasant one.

When he or she is bathed and it is over, there is always going to be some anxiety related behavior that occurs, even if it is just a small thing. The key to dealing with this is to give your dog the best possible bath.

Post-Bath Zoomies

After a bath most dogs usually go crazy because it is a quick way to release pent-up stress. Post-bath zoomies are more than just relief from your bath. They are a great way to relax your pet and get them ready to go to bed.

They don’t like the smell of Shampoo

When your dog has a bath he will also smell much better. This is especially important if you have small dogs. Since their scent will be washed away they will smell less like a dog.

You will not have to run after them every time they sniff the ground or sniff another dog. With some breeds like Golden Retrievers and Australian Shepherds you can wash them off with water.

Uncomfortable with Water

There are many reasons why a dog may have to go crazy after bath time. This includes anything from being uncomfortable with the water to just wanting to get rid of all of their bathing products.

There are so many reasons for why your dog may go nuts after a bath that your pet probably does not even know how to tell you what is going on.


One of the reasons why some dogs go crazy after a bath and become anxious is due to the smell of their paws when they have been bathed. To help to remove this odor, you can try giving your dog a bath.

One of the things that I have found to be helpful in removing the odor from my dog’s feet is using baking soda. This will help to remove the odor from your dogs’ feet. It will also remove any moisture that may have been left behind from the soak.

If you feel that these steps are not enough to get rid of your dogs’ odor then you may need to use baking soda mixed with water in order to treat and cure the dog’s nails. Baking soda is actually a deodorizer, which means that it will help to unclog the pores on the dog’s paws.

This can be a great way to help keep the smell from occurring again. If you have more severe dog odor problems than you may also have to use an anti-bacterial soap to get rid of this odor. This is a much more expensive solution, but you can still do it at home.

While these steps might be hard to do at first, you will soon notice that your dog will be much happier after the bath and the anxiety will be much reduced. As your dog gets used to having a nice bath he or she will be much more relaxed and will actually like it.

By keeping your dog clean and healthy you will be doing them a favor and preventing them from going crazy after a bath!

Dog Washing Tips

Dogs love getting wet, but one thing that really gets your dog crazy is having to get out of the bath after a bath. While this may seem like an unnecessary hassle, it is something that many dog owners find they have to deal with. You can help stop this from happening though by learning how to use a bathtub properly. Here’s some advice on how to do just that.

Tip #1

First off, you should never pour the water directly into your bathtub. This will cause problems and it may also cause the water to splash all over your bathroom flooring. Instead, simply put a hand under the tub and then slowly pour the water in, keeping a steady hand and never letting go until the tub fills to the halfway point.

Tip #2

Another tip you can use is to never use scalding hot water on your dog’s paws. If your dog has fur in their paws, this may be a problem and it may actually burn them. To avoid this, make sure you use lukewarm water to bathe your pet instead.

Tip #3

After your dog is properly soaked in the bath, you should always rinse them off carefully. A good way to do this is to hold your hand around their feet and use the sprayer on them. You may even want to cover their legs with a towel so as not to let any water touches their skin. Make sure the hose is also kept low to the floor because if it is too high it will be more difficult to rinse off.

Tip #4

Finally, you should also dry your dog’s feet after each bath. There are many products available on the market today that you can use to make sure they are dry enough for you to use them again. Some people even recommend putting a towel over their feet when drying them so as not to allow any water to stick to their skin.

These tips can help make sure that your dog’s skin is always looking its best. And they will prevent the embarrassing thing that many dog owners have to deal with: having to wash out your dog’s bathing tub.

Use Lukewarm water

The first tip to keep in mind when bathing your dog is that you should only use lukewarm water. This is much easier to handle for your dog than if you used hot water. So, once you have done this, you shouldn’t spend any time scrubbing your dog in hot water.

Work from the top down

If you need to do some scrubbing around their neck, do it on the right side of their head, not the left. You want to work from the top down, rather than from the bottom.

Use a sponge

Use a sponge or towel to gently clean around your dog’s paws and face area. Don’t scrub too hard, just a gentle wiping to remove any dirt, oil, and excess urine. After you’ve cleaned their face and paws, you should rinse them with warm water. Then, you should dry their paws by patting them dry.


Finally, you’ll want to wrap your dog’s paws with a damp cloth so that nothing is stuck in their paws. If any is, don’t let it get onto their paws. It will irritate them and make them more uncomfortable.


  • Karin S

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