10 Handy Tips for Bathing Your Puppy

10 Handy Tips for Bathing Your Puppy

To bathe your puppy, you have to consider their breed in addition to other aspects. Also, you must learn how regularly they have to be bathed and how to go about bathing them.

Now, you should know that puppies do not need to bathe often. This is because they need their natural oils for the upkeep of the soft and silky texture of their coats. And by bathing them often, the oils are stripped off.
The general recommendation is to bathe your pup only when you perceive them to be horribly dirty or smelly. Even so, intervals between dogs baths varies from one dog breed to another. Also, the time of the year to bathe them alters. Well, in the cases of long-haired dogs, their hair gets tangled if they do not bathe for long, so you must bathe them as per their needs.
Additionally, here are a couple of tips that pet owners may find handy when bathing their puppies.

Bathing your Puppy: Handy Tips

1. Start to bathe your puppy when they are young. By doing so, they get used to the idea of a bath early on.

2. Keeping in mind your dog’s size and the time of the year, select a suitable place for giving them their baths. For smaller-sized dogs and pups, you can use a washtub or the sink. However, to bathe bigger-sized dogs, using a washtub is a prudent choice. Also, you can bathe your puppy using a hose if the weather outside is warm.

3. Puppies tend to slip in the bathtub. Now, to avoid them from slipping, place a rubber mat at the bottom of the tub. This way, they feel more secure and cannot slip easily.

4. Gather all the things you need to bathe your puppies beforehand. Then, you do not have to leave your pup to find the requisites. Make sure that you keep the towels, shampoos, and other things, within your hand’s reach during their baths.

5. Only use lukewarm water for bathing your pup –and never extremely hot or cold water. More so, apply only dog shampoos when bathing them. The tear-less shampoos are good options in the range of dog shampoos.

6. As much as possible, do not let shampoo get into your dog’s ears or eyes. And if they get shampoo in these sensitive areas, rinse using water thoroughly. Tough make sure doesn’t enter their ears.

7. Always rinse your dog’s head last. Then, they are not inclined to shake off mid-way during their baths. Ensure to rinse your dog’s body properly, too. Otherwise, the traces of shampoo cause them discomfort.

8. During wintertime, keep your puppy indoors until they are dry. You can, also, dry them using a blow dryer on warm or cool mode for drying them. Remember ‘hot’ mode can burn their coats so better to avoid.

9. Dogs tend to shake off for removing excess water on their coats. However, to limit their shaking, you can hold their head still. Also, you can avoid water on the walls due to your pup’s shaking by tossing a towel over their heads after bathing them. Besides, you can train your puppy to shake on command. Then, you can avoid getting unduly wet too.

10. After you have finished bathing your dog, through gestures, tell them to be still. If they continue shaking, guide them to remain in place. Subsequently, recommence to tell them to stay. Follow by telling them to shake and shower praises in the meanwhile, too.


Bathing your puppy constitutes their grooming process. And as a pet owner, you must make sure to adhere to the prescribed guidelines for the overall hygiene of your darling pets.

Moreover, when you are bathing them, check for any lumps or rough patches. If you find anything untoward, discuss the situation with your family vet.