#5: Bad Bath Habits
Along with all those skunks, summer comes with a lot of mud and crud that pets dig into and get themselves dirty. If your pooch has the propensity to snap at you in the bathtub, Green suggests making a humane muzzle with a pair of old pantyhose. Cut off a leg of the hose, and wrap it snugly around the animal's mouth, but not so tight that he can't open his mouth a little. Because pantyhose stretch, the animal can breathe but not open his mouth wide enough to bite. To make bathing a little easier on your pet in general, apply a drop or two of olive oil to both eyes to keep them from getting irritated by shampoo, and put cotton balls in both ears to keep water and shampoo out. If your pet just puts up too much of a fight to make bath time worthwhile, try a dry shampoo. Flour, baking soda, oats, and corn starch all absorb grease, dirt, and odors. Just sprinkle whichever you have onto your pet's coat, rub it in, and brush the coat clean.