Dad’s Joke About Trying to Bathe a Golden Retriever Is All Too Relatable

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For many pets, bath time is one of the worst things that they have to endure. Some people find it easier to just take their pet to the groomer and let them deal with the chaos, while others prefer to DIY at home. Teddy is a beautiful Golden Retriever who, according to his dad, loves the pool but hates all other kinds of water, including the bath.

Teddy's dad posted a short video (it's only 8 seconds long) on Wednesday, June 12th of what it's like to try to get Teddy in the shower for bath time. Not only does he make his dad carry him, but he also puts his paws out to avoid being put in the shower! Make sure your sound is on because the clip that accompanies the video fits the scene perfectly!

Yep, totally relatable! It's funny how many dogs hate getting a bath but if they see a pool, they'll make a mad dash right for it! I wasn't the only one who knows the feeling. People left more than 600 comments about Teddy's funny video. @Bailee pointed out, "Teddy was holding on for dear life LOL!" @Traci shared, "His face! It’s unbothered vibes and slow feet reactions because he knows he is not getting bathed and bored at the same time while in arm jail. Iconic!"

Related: Golden Retriever Makes Mad Dash for Pool Directly After 2-Hour Bathing Session

Golden Retrievers and Their Love for Water

Just like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers also love water...well except when it comes to taking a bath! Goldens are high energy dogs always looking for something to do, and if they spot water, they usually head straight for it!

The Smart Canine explains, "Golden Retrievers are excellent swimmers because they were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl from bodies of water. Not only do they retain the instincts to fetch, but also the instincts to swim. As such, Golden Retrievers were developed with all the physical traits and qualities that make them highly capable and efficient swimmers." PetMD lists them as #5 on their Top 10 swimming dog breeds list, along with Labradors, Newfoundlands, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

When it comes to a Golden's coat, they actually have a use for it in the water, as it helps to repel water. Golden Retrievers have an undercoat that has a wool-like feel to it that helps keep them warm. This allows them to swim in cold water for longer periods of time. They also have a topcoat, known as “guard hairs” that is water-repellent and helps to keep their skin dry.

Goldens are prone to getting 'swimmer's ear' when they are in the water for too long. Their long ear flaps can trap water in their ears, resulting in an ear infection. If your dog is constantly shaking its head or scratching or rubbing their ears, it's possible they're feeling the water in their ears. To help prevent this from happening, make sure to thoroughly dry their ears well after swimming.

It's also important to keep your dog safe by monitoring them while they are in the water just like you would children. And don't forget to dry those ears afterwards!

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