Canine Companion: It May Be Crazy, Giving Your Dog A Bath

Hey, guys. This week I have really been contemplating what I want to write about. There are so many fun, interesting questions all of you send in. How did I pick the topic for this week? Well, by giving my dog a bath.

That’s right. I found the story of the week during my doggy’s bath time. Why do you think this is?

If you give your dog a bath, what happens? Craziness, Right?

My dog, Boots, is completely calm during bath time. He’s relaxing. Enjoying the scrubbing about to fall asleep because he’s so comfortable.

The moment the water is out of the tub and I dry him off, he is gone. That’s what I want to talk about this week.

Seriously. This isn’t limited to my dog. And, if you have a dog, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Most dogs get a huge burst of energy after bath time. Let’s explore the reasons.

Reason 1: Relief

Let’s face it, some dogs absolutely despise bath time. But he’s absolutely disgusting from rolling in that dead animal outside. He seriously smells like the carcass you see rotting away on the side of the road. We don’t want that in our house.

The dogs who hate bath time are stressed the entire time thinking ‘get me the heck out of here.’ When bath time is finally over with, your dog is pumped. Yay. Time to get out. Let’s go explore. Let’s go play. Thank goodness I survived that tragedy. Right?

Reason 2: She Smells Funny to Herself

Of course, we love that our dog no longer smells like a rotting animal. That fresh shampoo smell is so much better… to us! To our dog, it’s not exactly the smell she was aiming for. She liked that rotting carcass smell. Why would you take that smell off?

Now your dog smells like a yucky, weird clean dog. Let’s get rid of that smell by rolling all over the floor and sprinting around like a lunatic to get rid of that scent. Come on, maybe running fast will get it off.

Reason 3: Ugh, I Need to Dry

Now that your dog is out of the bathtub, he wants to dry off. Of course, he does that all too well-known crazy shake splashing water literally all over you and the bathroom. If you’re lucky, you’re able to dry her off with the towel at least a little bit before that happens.

Even after her wonderful towel-dry experience, she still doesn’t feel dry enough. So, now what? Time to rub that water off using other fabric. The carpet. The furniture. Or, maybe even by running back outside into the dirt. What she doesn’t know though, rolling in the dirt usually means it’s time for another bath.

Reason 4: FRAP, The Science

Here we dive into a scientific reason for this behavior. It’s called FRAP. I mean, it’s not really FRAP, that’s an abbreviation. FRAP stands for Frenetic Random Activity Periods. Basically, FRAP is when a dog just randomly goes crazy with happiness and excitement. And, your dog doesn’t need to take a bath to experience this phenomenon. It could happen with any activity at any time.

Nearly every dog experiences FRAP. Luckily, it’s generally a ‘scheduled’ excitement. Have you noticed your dog get an extra spurt of energy? Maybe when you wake up for her early morning walk? Or her night time walk?


Anyway, here’s a tip for you. If possible, get some energy out with your dog before bath time. This will help her stay calm in the bath if she isn’t a bath fan. And, it will reduce the craziness following the bath so you aren’t chasing her down to dry her off.

That’s all for today. Have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time.