Although your newest member of the family may look like an angel at first, they will soon be a part of everything. There are many ways your furbaby could end up with a sticky, muddy coat. How do you bathe your puppy?
Although it may seem simple, there is no way to keep your little puppers happy when they are wriggling! Some pups love the water, while others may not. You can help your best friend adjust to something that could become a daily occurrence with some planning and some nice touches. It could lead to chaos if you don’t prepare properly.
It is important to learn how to bathe your puppy properly. These are our top tips, as well as a step-by–step guide.
How often should I bathe my dog?
Doggos can clean themselves so you don’t have to bathe them as often. It depends on many factors, including the type of doggo’s coat, how long they have had it, and how much they like it. Doggos don’t behave like humans, so they shouldn’t be bathed every day or once a week. Puppy’s under 3 months of age should not be bathed. Instead, use a warm, damp cloth to clean up any muck. After drying, keep them warm in the house.
For older dogs, you can start with once per month. If they are mucky, or if their fur is long and thick, add extra baths. Switch to a gentle shampoo for your pet if they seem to have dry skin after a bath. Rinse well.
Where can I bathe my dog?
It all depends on your dog’s size, age, and activity level. Your canine companion. If your dog is large or has thick fur, you will need to clean it in the bathroom. Puppies can get very cold quickly so it is best to clean them indoors.
The kitchen sink is a good option for little puppers. If they’ve gotten into something gross, it may be a good idea to take them to the bathroom.
What are the requirements for bathing my dog?
Before you start, make sure you have everything you need. This will make the experience more fun for you and your dog. Here are our recommendations:
Three fluffy, soft towels large enough to wrap around your dog
A fine brush or comb for your puppy.
Gentle shampoo for dogs (not baby shampoo as it is not balanced for the skin of humans)
A flannel, or sponge
Optional: Warm water, nail clippers, and ear/eye wipings
Top tipPractice trimming your puppy’s nails as soon as possible. As your puppy grows, it will be extremely helpful to have a positive experience using the clippers. Start trimming your pup’s nails at six months of age. Your vet or groomer will be able to show you how.
How to properly bathe your puppy
You have all the supplies you need – and your dog! Now it’s time for you to get started. It’s time to start giving treats and praise to your puppers when they behave well and are calm. Although it might not be fun to bathe them, yelling at them for being naughty may make them even more reluctant.
- To remove any knots or other problems that may arise during drying, brush your dog’s fur gently.
- Place one of your towels on the surface that you will be placing your dog on after they have been squeaky clean. Then, place the slip-proof mat in the sink/bath.
- Warm water should be added to the tub. You can test the temperature by dipping one’s elbow into the water, just like you would for a baby bath. Fill the tub until it reaches their elbows.
- Place your pet in the water with calmness and lots of gentle praise. If your pup fusses, such as whining or wriggling, you can pet her and calm her. If your puppy is small, you may have to hold her just above the water and then use your other hand for water to be spooned over her back. You may need to stop your pup from splashing too often if she likes it.
- Get your fluffy friend wet with your hands.
- Use a little shampoo to coat your pet’s hair.
- To wash your dog’s face, dip the flannel in the water. Be sure to avoid the eyes.
- To keep your dog warm, take him out of the bath and wrap him in a towel.
- Rinse the tub of water and drain it.
- Put your dog back in the tub, and then rinse it out with warm water. It can cause irritation if it is not completely removed.
- After shampoo has dried, rub your fingers on her hair to remove any excess water.
- You can place her on the toweled surface that you prepared in step 2. She’ll likely shake at this point so keep a towel close by!
- You can wrap her in a towel to protect her from the elements and she will love it.
How to dry your puppy after a bath
For their first bath, make sure to give your pet a lot of attention! If the towel becomes too wet, you can dry it again. Super-absorbent mitts are also available, which can be used to get to the problem areas such as the area between the puppy fat rolls, their inner legs, and their stomach. These areas should be completely dried.
Do I need a hairdryer for my dog?
No, not really. It’s not recommended by most vets. Because puppies have delicate, thin skin, it’s easier to burn than your hair. However, there are exceptions to this rule. All must be done in a cool setting with the hair dryer moving.
- You may need to dry your pet’s undercoat gently if they are a double-coated breed with longer hair. These breeds might not need to be bathed as often and may not require trimming. Talk to a groomer to see if this is applicable to your pet.
- It might be a good idea to brush your doggo’s fur if they have very long hair, even if they are single-coated. This will ensure that the fur doesn’t get tangled up by overtwelling.
It may be better to take your dog to a professional groomer if they don’t like the sound from the hairdryer. They will have quiet equipment and a lot of experience with dogs.
Once your dog is dry, you can give it another brush or comb. You might find some areas that you didn’t know about. For long-haired breeds, this is an absolute must.
Final touches and post-bath zoomies
Bathing is a great opportunity to check your furry friend for any minor injuries or marks you might not have noticed. You may find that some breeds need help with their ears or eyes, especially if there are lots of wrinkles. Use your wipes now. If you feel comfortable, you can trim their nails right away. It’s easier to do this when they are clean and tidy.
Avoid using fancy shampoos or conditioners on your puppy’s coat. They have sensitive skin. You only need water and puppy shampoo to make your dog look better.
It’s done! Your puppy is now clean and dry. Now it’s time for you to make some space! Many puppies will get the post-bath zoomies, and they’ll race around the house for the next ten minute. You should keep them indoors, otherwise they may end up back in the mud.
You now know how to bathe your puppy properly and how to dry it after a bath. Good luck! Although it won’t always go according the plan, it is a great way to bond with your dog companion.