Bathing a Puppy
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After a while, the new puppy smell may become a stinky puppy smell, and you will have to start thinking about giving your puppy a bath. There are a few things you should know before bathing a puppy. First, your puppy should be at least eight weeks old, and you should use a shampoo that is formulated for puppies’ delicate skin. Secondly, you should ease your puppy into the idea of bath time, as many dogs do not like to stand or sit in the tub. Giving your puppy time to adjust will likely make all future baths much easier. Finally, be sure your puppy is thoroughly rinsed while avoiding getting soap in her eyes and ears.
There will likely come a time in every puppy’s life when it is time for a bath. While many dogs enjoy playing in the water, bath time is much different and many owners find it difficult bathing a puppy, or grown dog for that matter. Because puppies have such delicate skin, you should not bathe a puppy younger than eight weeks old and should limit baths to once every 4 weeks until the puppy gets older. It’s important that you use shampoo that is made specifically for puppies because it is designed to be gentle on their skin. You may also consider using puppy wipes to keep your puppy smelling fresh between baths.
Your dog may be uncomfortable getting bathed at first. You should establish a routine to help your dog feel better about taking a bath. It will make bath time much easier if you allow your dog to get used to sitting in the tub with water. Slowly pour water over your dog and let her get accustomed to that. You may not be able to fully bathe your dog in one sitting. It may take several attempts to acclimate your puppy to this part of the grooming process.
When you are able to fully wash your dog, there are a few tips to consider. First, make sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach. For most people, this means having a towel, puppy shampoo, and a cup or bucket for rinsing nearby. When washing your puppy, it is important to avoid getting soap and water in her eyes and ears. Her face may be cleaned with a soft cloth, while her ears should be cared for with cotton balls if necessary.
Grooming is an important routine to many pet owners, and it is likely you will want to bathe your puppy at some point in the future. Bathing a puppy can be an easy part of your puppy’s care providing you set the state for it to be a success. Make sure your puppy is old enough for a bath, and be sure to use a shampoo that is gentle on her skin. Your puppy’s first bath may be rather short as you help her get acclimated to sitting in the tub. Be sure you have everything necessary nearby to make bath time easier.