Emma came to me in rather a smelly state. She had lived her life mostly outdoors, and it showed...errr, smelled. Bad. So I decided a bath was in order. No problem, right? Labs like water. This should be easy.
My first clue came when I gave each of the other dogs a rawhide to munch on while I was busy with Emma, and lured Emma to the bathroom with her rawhide. As soon as we started to enter the bathroom, she dropped the rawhide and tried to run away. At this point there was no water present, no towels, nothing to indicate a bath was coming. But the sight of the empty bathtub was enough to make her give up her treat and send her running for cover.
We started off easy. She huddled at one end of the tub, and I turned on the water at the other end. I got her a little bit wet, and the mud just ran off of her. Then she figured out how to use her nose to open the sliding door and jumped out of the tub. And shook herself - and muddy water - all over the bathroom.
So now I have a slightly cleaner dog that is a failure as a lab. She won't fetch, and she doesn't like water. Hopefully someone out there will want a slightly smelly Labrador Failure.