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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Bathe a Puppy

How to Bathe a Puppy
by: Grace Temple

At first, new puppies are cuddly and smell sweet. But once a few days have passed, the new puppy smell turns to stinky puppy smell. This means it’s time for a puppy bath. Before bathing a puppy, you should make sure that your puppy is eight weeks old or older. You should help your puppy adjust to bath time. Having your puppy sit or stand in the tub may help. If their first puppy bath is a pleasant experience, future baths will be much easier. Before the bath is over, you should make sure that your puppy is completely rinsed. Getting soap in her ears or in her eyes will ruin a first bath.

Although most dogs do enjoy playing in water, they often do not enjoy bath time. Many puppies have very delicate skin and shampoo can irritate them. It is important to use a dog shampoo that is specially formulated for puppies and their sensitive skin. Before bathing a puppy, it is recommended that the puppy be eight weeks old or older. You should only bathe a puppy once a month. An option to get you through weeks without baths is to use puppy wipes, which help you get rid of dirt while giving your puppy a fresh scent.

Breaking in your dog to enjoy baths is important. Your dog will certainly be uncomfortable at first, but if you establish a set routine your dog will feel more comfortable with baths. One suggestion is to allow the dog to sit in a water-filled tub. Pour very small amounts of water on your dog. This will help your dog acclimate to the feeling and temperature of the water. It is very likely that you will not be able to complete a bath your first attempt. You may need to try several times to get your puppy accustomed to the routine.

Before you begin bathing your puppy, make sure you have all the items you will need close at hand. Gather the puppy shampoo, a towel and something to hold water for rinsing. The latter item will help you not get water or soap in your puppy’s eyes or ears. You should also keep cotton balls and a soft cloth nearby. The cotton balls are perfect for cleaning your puppy’s ears. The soft cloth is used to clean your puppy’s face.

Bathing a puppy can become an easy part of a dog owner’s grooming process. It just takes time to create a routine that works for you and your puppy. The first bath is critical for establishing success in the future. The most important thing to remember is to use gentle shampoo on a puppy that is at least eight weeks old or older. Keep the first bath short and focus more on making the puppy comfortable instead of getting him squeaky clean. To make your life easier, have everything you need at your fingertips before you start on your puppy bath adventure.

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