As a new dog parent, you may feel excited and somewhat under pressure to cater to your puppy’s needs efficiently. Not to worry, you’ve got this! One major need your puppy has is grooming, specifically bathing. The way you bathe your dog directly contributes to their health and general wellbeing. There may be a lot of ways to bathe a puppy, but there’s only one right way which will be highlighted in this piece. As you’re probably aware, most puppies do not like bath time. There may be something about getting wet that they may resent which they outgrow as they mature. Nevertheless, all new puppies need baths, some more frequent than others and this piece will give you the rundown on all your new puppy’s bath needs.
Take note of their breeds
Some dogs require baths more frequently than others. While most dogs make do with one bath a month, others may need 3-4 to remain clean. However, this factor is dependent on their breeds. Dogs with oily coats will require more baths than those with water repellant coats. Hence, it’s important to know which category your new puppy falls under so as to know how often to bathe and brush him.
You can do it anywhere, here’s how:
Puppies are small which makes bathing them easier than full-grown dogs. You can fit your puppy in your sink or a laundry tub faster than your grown dog. Hence once you’ve figured out ‘the where’ you’re ready to know ‘the how’.
- Before you start the bath, brush your puppy. This is because you want to detangle any matted hair which could lead to infections if they retain water.
- The temperature of the water is important. Always use lukewarm water as hot water can damage your puppy’s skin.
- Next, lift your puppy and gently place him in the body of water. Allow him to get accustomed to the temperature difference before you start scrubbing.
- New puppies are prone to ear infections so do avoid getting water in his ears. You can achieve this by inserting a cotton ball in your puppy’s ears.
- Use a dog shampoo: Dog shampoos have just the right pH for dogs. Lather accordingly and scrub gently either with a washcloth or a loofah.
- Avoid pouring water directly on your puppy’s face when rinsing. Use a cloth and wipe gently.
- Rinse well and make sure all the lather is out before patting dry with a towel.
- Using a soothing voice, talk to your puppy while bathing him, this will make him less spooked.
- Remember that your puppy is very fragile so you’ll need to be careful.
Remember that your new puppy is new to bath time and be patient with him. This way both parties will get to enjoy the experience. Also, note that PremierPupshas a great selection of different breeds of puppies that are adorable and easy to groom.