September 22, 2010

Bathing a Puppy

Filed under: Dog Grooming — Dr. Amber Reed @ 8:41 am

canine healthy coat Bathing your puppy is one of many important aspects of dog grooming and the maintenance of good pet health. Making sure you are giving your puppy good pet healthcare will ensure your pup can avoid skin problems such as parasites, lumps, fleas, or other problems.

how to give a puppy a bathWhile puppies less than 8 weeks old should never be bathed except with plain warm water, older puppies can and should be introduced to a bathing routine that includes shampoo.  Remember that younger puppies cannot be bathed with flea and tick shampoos until around 3 months of age but there are few other bathing rules that restrict you from cleaning your puppy.

When you begin bathing your puppy, you want to give him time to adjust to this new activity.  Many young puppies will be happy to splash around in the bath, but in many cases bathing a puppy may require more patience than you had expected.  You can start by slowly familiarizing your puppy with the bath.  When bathing a puppy, start by luring him into the tub with a treat.  When he is comfortable in the bath, you can start wiping him down with a wet towel.  Gradually introduce warm water and make the bathing experience fun for your puppy.  Eventually, bathing your puppy will become a regular routine that is simple to execute.

Once your puppy is familiar and comfortable with the bathtub, you’ll need to prepare for bathing your puppy.  Comb and brush your puppy’s hair before the bath to remove mats and tangles.  Prepare several old towels on the floor of the bath to minimize splash cleanup.  In addition, you’ll need to choose a gentle bath shampoo that can be worked into your puppy’s coat for around 5 to 10 minutes.  Bathing a puppy should not be too challenging and to minimize bathroom cleanup, it is recommended that you drain the tub while the puppy is in the bath so you can rinse him with clean water and dry him while he is in the bath.

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