Making Bathing Fun: How To End Your Power Struggles At Bath Time Using A Dunk Tank

Kids and dogs have two things in common--they are both messy and they both are a wrestling match when it comes to bathing. (You might have a dog that loves bathing, but many will try to jump out of the tub before you are done.) If you are frustrated to the "nth" degree at bath time with your kids or your pets, here is a fun thing to try: dunk tanks. Here is how to end your bathing power struggles at bath time using this fun, old carnival game.

Finding a Dunk Tank for Sale

Church carnivals might utilize dunk tanks. They might also sell the ones they have if they want to buy new ones, or at least point you in the direction where you can buy one or have one made. Old fair grounds often hold auctions to sell off equipment they have not used in a while, and you might find a dunk tank for sale there. Wherever you eventually find your dunk tank, be sure you have help to haul it away and unload it once you get it home. The tank should be installed on your property close to a water source so that it is easy to fill and easy to clean.

Coaxing the Kids to Use It

Show your kids how a dunk tank works. You could do this with the use of online videos, or you could just demonstrate it yourself. Since your older kids (i.e., ages seven or eight and up) will think it is a game and want to participate, they will not notice the bubble bath you put in the tank, nor will they care that you have shampooed their hair when they climb out of the tank for another round. (Make sure your children can swim, are not afraid of water, and are old enough to do this. Babies and toddlers will still have to bathe in the house.) Since everyone has to take turns, it is similar in that regard to bathing your kids in the house, with the exception that outside they will need to wear swimsuits or you will have to have a very enclosed yard for privacy.

Coaxing Dogs to Use It

Your dogs may willingly jump in thinking that this is a pool or pond just for them. Once they swim to the edge of the tank, you can soap them up and let them jump in again. You could even use a hose with a sprayer nozzle to rinse.