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Q: Rescue Pit Bull Afraid of Water

July 29, 2009 | By Lana D. | 5 answers | Expired: 1862 days ago

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Lana D.

We have a pit bull for a year (she's 1yr. & 8 months old now) she was rescued from a fighting home of pits.
She is afraid of water.
We have tried the tub, warm water being poured on her, a hose, and now even a pool in the back yard.
When you go near her she runs and if you try to hold her she bites-even with the dog towellettes or a towel. She weighs about 125lbs. and is strong!
She really needs a good bath as she is in the house and on the furniture.
I was going to take her to a groomer but I was told I would be liable if she bites them, and I know she will.
It takes 5 people in the vets office to hold her with medication and a muzzle to get her shots and her nails cut.
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Thank you All,
That is exactly what we have been doing, I will get in the tub or pool (Baby pool) and throw toys in she will put her paws in but when you try to put any water/towel/wipe near her she starts growling (and I know she will bite as she grabbed me when I was trying to put sun lotion on her) You can pet her but cannot have anything in your hand- when we do the frontline someone else has to play with her and I squeeze and run. She is so paranoid of water she wouldn't get out of the truck to come in the house for 15 minutes and just kept barking at the rain. The vet gave us medication to give her before she goes there and it makes her drowsy but she is more assertive on that medication.
I know she was very abused, but she has come so far in the year we had her, she is our giant hugging bear.
Thank you again and we will keep trying!

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Aug 02, 2009

okay so my dog is afrid o' water but she can't swim its all because one time we went to the beach she went in to the water and sliped under she was terrifed this is one big piece o' addvice DO NOT MAKE HER/HIM SWIM just take it one day at a time let her/him just dip its feet in tot he water and then you go down in to the water and odds are she will go with you!

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Jillian
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Jul 30, 2009

never heard of that one before, but i would imagine you'd treat it like any other irrational fear. and that is by desensitizing her to it before really introducing it to her. run water. let her get use to the sound. fill up the bathtub, get in, and call her. she doesn't have to get near the water, but just has to see you in it. throw her a few treats while you're in there and tell her how good she is for even being there. find any excuse to gently play w/water. don't show excitement about it, but be calm and content like it's nothing. take her for brisk walks around the pool. start w/a long walk around the neighborhood, then walk her through the house, out back, one lap and take her inside. do this a few times and then have someone playing in the pool when you take her out there. anything you can think of to make water seem like nothing and let her forget why it's scary. if you can, take her for a fast-paced walk through puddles. don't give her time to get nervous, just go.
usually, fears that intense take a long time to correct. i think they make a dry shampoo for dogs, use that in the meantime, but take this water thing slowly. baby steps.

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PrinceFrederickMarz
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Jul 30, 2009

Maybe you should introduce her to water little by little. Start of with it in a cup, let him see it as something that isnt harmful, then rub it on her with a finger, then slowly move up that way.

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Trish B.
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Jul 30, 2009

goes to the vet. was what i was trying write dont why it did not come out the first time>

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Trish B.
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Jul 30, 2009

That is a beautiful dog!. How often does she drink? can you get a calimg agent to put in her water before she goes to the or gets a bath ?

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