When To Bathe Puppies And How To Do It Properly

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, there are over 36% households in the U.S. that have dogs as their pet. Even in our own home, we have dogs.

Since they are living together with our families and sleep in our beds, it is extremely important to take note of their hygiene. In our house, we have kids so we always make sure that our pets are always clean.

I remember bathing our first puppy, which was very difficult because he got really scared. Some dog owners gave me helpful advises in bathing puppies. But the main question is: When should we start giving puppies a bath?

The Right Time To Bathe Puppies

Puppies are generally cleaned by their mothers by licking their fur so they don’t need to bathe at a very young age. As we can observe, most of the dog shampoos that we can find in the market are for 3 months and older. Thus, it is advisable to bathe puppies after they reach the age of 3 months.

What if you need to clean your puppies?

Dogs are naturally playful so it is not surprising to see them dirty most of the time. Since they are living in our homes, it is important for them to be clean. In this case, you only use a damp cloth or disposable wipes. But if they really do need a bath due to extreme dirt or bad odor, you can bathe them using a damp cloth and a mild shampoo.

How To Properly Bathe Puppies

In a sense, puppies are similar with newborn babies. Thus, it is important to introduce them gently to water and bathing. You need to make sure that they are comfortable with the help of the following: warm room, warm water that is comfortable to use in bathing, fluffy towels, and warm air for drying their fur.

Teach puppies that taking a bath is a good thing. Before bathing them, you need to let get used to the bathing area. Allow them to roam the area and sniff everything they want to. You can even use toys and treats to let them enjoy. It will definitely help your puppies think that the area is safe and secured for them.

Once they feel comfortable in the bathing area, you can slowly introduce them to water. Open the faucet and let the water run so that they can get used to the sound of it. To show them that there is nothing to fear, splash them with a little water. At first, they might get scared and be apprehensive. But once they saw that water can’t harm them, you can easily convince them to take a bath.

Before bathing your puppy, make sure to close the bathing area so that he/she won’t escape. This can be stressful for them so you need to calm them down by using toys or playing with them. Once they are relaxed, you can start filling the tub and put your puppies on it. Lift up your puppy and put his hind legs first in the tub. Make sure that their head is above the water.

Once you start bathing them and they are struggling or keep on getting out of the tub, you need to soothe them. Never manhandle them but guide them gently to the best position for bathing. Take note that you need to move slowly because it will further scare them. Plus, you can talk to your puppies to soothe their fears.

In applying the shampoo, put a small amount into your hands. Make sure that the shampoo is suitable for puppies and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. Avoid getting the shampoo in your puppy’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Don’t forget to shampoo the tail.

In terms of washing your puppy’s head, you should not simply dump water to it because it will make them scared or might cause an ear infection. You should tip the nose up then pour the water behind the skull. Using this method, you will avoid wetting the face and the water will run over the body; away from the nose and eyes. An alternative method is using a very wet washcloth to clean the face.

After thoroughly washing the shampoo off the puppy’s fur, dry him using a towel; leave the head exposed. Rub him a little then let him down together with the towel wrapped around him. Let him shake off his body. No need to worry about messy floor because the towel will absorb the water.

Fully dry your puppy with the help of a hairdryer. Use the ‘air’ setting without the heat. First-time use will scare your puppies because of the sound. Just like in bathing, introduce him in using hairdryer slowly. Here is a video on how to properly bathe puppies.

Keeping your puppies clean is important, especially if they are living in your house. However, it is not necessary for them to take a bath because their mother keeps them clean. In case that they really need a good scrubbing due to bad odor or too much dirt, you can simply use a wet washcloth or even wet wipes. Once they reach the age of 3 months old, giving them a bath won’t be a problem.

If you have any advice, comments, or simply want to share your experience in bathing your puppies, feel free to write it below.