Untangling Fears

One owner’s grooming experience and our useful tips will help you primp your pooch.

What’s one to do when one can’t bathe his or her dog? For nearly seven years after I’d rescued Gracie, a German Shepherd-Border Collie mix, I’d only been able to bathe her twice. Both times were studies in human-dog wrestling with neither of us winning.

A typical bath leaves my bathroom splattered with mud and suds. I am drenched and exhausted from the ordeal, and it ends with Gracie panting, shaking, and scraping at the door to escape the water.

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