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.

Vaccination and Deworming Your Dogs

Vaccination and Deworming Your Dogs

Both deworming and vaccination are important for dogs – they are part of preventive medicine. Also, preventing dogs from illness is advantageous for both dog and owner. As such, dogs remain healthy and the owner does not have to incur medical expenses for their treatment.

To know more about vaccinating and deworming your pet dog up to 16 weeks old, refer to the following details.

For 8-week old Puppies

As your pet dog reaches 8 weeks, make sure to take them for their first 5-in-1 vaccine (also, referred to as the distemper/parvo combination vaccine). As a pet owner, you can administer the vaccine with the help of needles, or else, consult your vet.

You must deworm your dog from 6-8 weeks onward, as well. Dewormers help to get rid of intestinal parasites (including hookworms and roundworms) in dogs.

However, you can start deworming your dog early on from 2 weeks of age too. This is when your dog has been surviving in contaminated environments – such as kennels or other properties having many dogs.

Following the first dewormer, the dogs should be dewormed every month until they are 4 months old. Then, you can deworm them according to the risk perception.

For 12-week old Puppies

If your pet dog has been administered the first 5-in-1 vaccine, then they need a booster vaccine when they are 12 weeks old. Also, consider administering booster Parvo vaccines every 3-4 weeks and continue until they are 16 weeks old.

More so, your puppy should be vaccinated for kennel cough or bordatella (depending on their breed and risk factors) when they are 12 weeks old.

Also, administer follow-up dewormers for eliminating brown ticks, skin mites, roundworms, and parasite-carrying fleas that your dog may be suffering from.

For 16-week old Puppies

Now is the time to take your dog for the third 5-in-1 vaccine as well as the second bordatella one (if required). Also, when your pup turns 16 weeks old, they are old enough to get their first 1-year rabies vaccination.

Additionally, examine your puppy’s fecal matter to detect any intestinal parasites. Accordingly, you can ascertain whether to administer them with the third-round dewormer.

Deworming Dogs: A Brief

Deworming dogs helps to get rid of worms, parasites that are present in their intestines or stomach. Now, dogs consume dirt, trash, and poop – and that makes them susceptible to pests. Moreover, they can pass along the unwanted guests to their companions, owners, and playmates.

Also, worms in young puppies can make them ill. This is because the pests thrive on the food that the pups consume and, also, suck their blood; the puppies become weak as a result.

Vaccination for Dogs: A Brief

Vaccinating dogs makes them immune to specific bacterial or viral elements. Dogs are administered the 5-in-1 vaccines for their protection. Through this vaccination, dogs are protected against Parvovirus, two types of Adenovirus (referred to as A, A2 / H), Canine Distemper Virus, and Parainfluenza or Bordatella.

Note that the Rabies vaccine is given separately and when the dogs are around 3-4 months. This is important because puppies contain antibodies that they absorb from their mother’s milk. However, the antibodies go away when the pup reaches 3-4 months. Administering the Rabies vaccine before the stipulated period can make the antibodies inactive; hence, you must avoid doing so.

Even so, administering the pups the Rabies vaccine before they are 3-4 months is advisable only if the dog’s mother has not been vaccinated for rabies. Note that Rabies is a fatal illness that affects the dog’s brain.

Further, some diseases for which dogs are vaccinated cannot be medically cured. Take the example of distemper in dogs that affect their nervous system. This is similar to Polio that affects humans.

Besides, Parvo virus causes symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. This illness is treatable, though in severe cases, the treatment expenses can mount.

In a nutshell, you can save yourself and your dog from a lot of trouble by deworming and vaccinating them periodically.Note: Please do your research and consult your vet before Deworming or Vaccination and do not solely follow the above article as every dog is different.

Note: Please do your research and consult your vet before Deworming or Vaccination and do not solely follow the above article as every dog is different.