What you will need for your pup’s first bath
Let’s just start with a shopping list. Here are the puppy bath time must-haves.
- Suitable puppy brush
- Dog bath or other suitable container
- Puppy shampoo
- A treat
Steps to bathe a puppy
When your puppy first comes home, it will be beneficial to take a bath so he can start his new experience fresh and clean. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to bathe your puppy without unnecessary complications:
1. Put the puppy on a table
The table must be specific to the job. Placing the puppy in this elevated, unfamiliar spot will help him understand that you are not playing. This will help you manage bath time safely and comfortably. Put a towel on the table to keep your puppy from slipping. It will also absorb excess water.
2. Gently brush your puppy
Before you continue bathing, brush your puppy slowly as this will calm him down. Simple movements with a suitable brush will also remove dirt from their fur. Brush your dog to remove mats, knots, and debris.
3. Turn on the hair dryer
Leave the dryer near the table to help your puppy get used to the sound of the device. The idea is to get your puppy used to this situation and make this a nurturing and joyful experience.
4. Put your puppy in the bathtub
Put your pup in a decent container or dog / puppy bath that should be in the bathtub.
5. Soak the puppy in warm water
Use the shower head to submerge your puppy in warm water, always making sure that it is not too hot or too cold. Use lukewarm water whether you are indoors or outdoors and let it run until it reaches your dog’s knee height. Do not overfill the tub as this could panic your dog.
6. Prepare the shampoo
Prepare the puppy shampoo by mixing it with water. Spread the shampoo evenly over the fur with a soft sponge, paying attention to the eyes. During the puppy bath, use a pitcher or shower spray to moisturize the fur and apply a small amount of shampoo. Always read the label as some shampoos require dilution while medicated shampoos may need to sit for a few minutes to activate. Lather all over her body, including the tail, underside, and neck, taking special care to avoid eyes and ears.
7. Gently start scrubbing
Scrubbing will not only wash and massage the puppy, it will also get used to handling it.
It is important to rinse the fur of all shampoos after you are done bathing your pup. When you’re ready to rinse, operate the shower nozzle with one hand or pour warm, clean water into the pitcher and hold a flannel with the other hand to protect your eyes and ears. If your dog has loose facial skin or long droopy ears, walk between the folds of skin with baby wipes or a damp flannel without excess water and definitely without soap. You may need to do this regularly, even daily, with a damp cloth.
Continue to dry! When they get out of the bath, your puppy will want to shake itself automatically. Your bathroom may get a little wet, but it’s your instinctive way of getting rid of most of the water. When you’ve done this, start with a vigorous lap of the towel. While you dry them, place them on your stomach and hold them steady with one hand to make sure they feel safe.
Use the hair dryer to apply warm air to the fur, starting at the tail, so as not to scare them. Avoid blowing air directly onto your nose and ears. Make sure your puppy is thoroughly dry, especially in the back and under the legs
When you’ve bathed and dried off your puppy, place him back on the table for a few seconds and brush and pet him.
11. Treat time!
Last but not least, give your pup a biscuit as a treat!
Tips for bathing puppies:
- Make sure the dryer isn’t too close to your skin, isn’t pointed in your eyes, and keep the airflow warm but not hot.
- When dogs get wet, their natural response is to roll and rub their heads, necks, and bodies on any available ground, including grass. To prevent them from getting dirty once they’ve just been cleaned, put some dog towels on the bathroom floor or lawn and encourage your pup to use these instead.
- Small and thin breeds get cold easily. Therefore, keep your puppy in a warm room until he is completely dry.
- It is very important to rinse off the shampoo and / or conditioner thoroughly as residue can make the coat itch or dry.
- Clean the inner ears with a special dog ear cleaner (available at pet stores or your veterinarian), but never insert anything into the ear canals such as cotton or cotton swabs.
- If your dog is showing signs of nervousness, especially if it is its first bath, offer him plenty of praise and reassurance throughout.
Here’s how to get your puppy used to the hair dryer
If your puppy coat is very long or thick it can take a surprisingly long time to dry, so you may want to use a hairdryer. Hairdryers can be pretty scary for a dog, so calm them down and reward good behavior.
If your pup likely needs to dry his hair but is not used to it, start introducing it at a young age. To begin with, just use the dryer to make noise in the room before moving it towards the dog with plenty of comforting encouragement.
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