She's not keen on having a shower or bath either - I put it down to husband drenching her with the hosepipe (and thus freezing cold water) when she was less than a year old. We did try washing her in the bath when she was young (our shower is an over the bath one) - she hated it and fought tooth and nail to get out, so we didn't try again. She's always gone to the groomers ever since, the local agricultural college has a dog grooming section with a proper salon, trained and highly experienced staff and eager students, young and older, who all love dogs and want to be groomers. It only costs £10 (an absolute bargain) for her to be thoroughly brushed, washed and dried and have her nails clipped. She's not awfully keen on going, although the 2 staff love her and say she's as good as gold, and she's always very pleased to see us when we collect her.
We generally take Betty every 6 weeks, so during lockdown she's now missed 2 sessions, as obviously the college is closed right now. She is decidedly smelly and dusty, so this morning we decided we must wash her. We did it in the garden, tied her to the washing line and used warm water and doggy shampoo and then towelling her off afterwards. She didn't like it much but we did it quickly and without fuss, talking to her calmly and reassuring her. She was surprisingly well behaved and we didn't even get that wet! Afterwards she ran round the garden shaking herself vigorously, I gave her a couple of treats and then she sat down beside me, pressing herself right up against my leg. She's now laid out on her blanket on the sofa, sleeping it off.
It feels quite muggy right now, cloudy with sun coming and going, forecast to get much colder and windier later on this afternoon. I wonder what Boris will have to say this evening in his update to the nation....mind you, he's only on for 10 minutes so it won't be a lot!