How Often Should You Bathe Your Puppy?
Updated: Jun 11, 2022
Keeping your puppy clean and groomed is important for their health. Puppies are prone to getting dirty and may require regular bathing to prevent skin irritations or infections. When should you start bathing your puppy and how often should you bath them? We’ll walk you through all the steps and give you tips to make bathtime pleasant for you both.
Step-by-step Guide to Bathing Your Puppy
You can start bathing your puppy once they are around seven to eight weeks old. We recommend only bathing them once a month or if they become visibly dirty or noticeably smelly.
Gather your supplies and start the bath with warm water, filling the tub or sink to about half your puppy’s standing height.
Start slow. Slowly introduce them to water and then to shampoo.
Brush your puppy’s fur before bathtime, especially if they have longer fur. This will help get rid of or prevent any mats.
Rinse off your puppy.
Rinse off your puppy well. Any leftover suds can irritate your puppy’s skin.
Dry your puppy off well with a towel.
We also recommend cleaning your puppy’s ears during this time.
Most importantly, always supervise your puppy during bathtime.
Training Your Puppy To Like the Bath
Bathtime can be stressful for your puppy, especially their first bath. To help make it an enjoyable experience for both of you, make your puppy feel comfortable by getting them used to the environment. Spend a few days before their first bath exploring the tub, bathroom, etc.
When the day for a bath comes, provide treats, offer praise, and even consider getting bath toys. The more comfortable they feel, the better bath time will be.
Our Puppy Bathtime Recommendations
To get the most out of your puppy’s bathtime, look for a high-quality shampoo and conditioner. We recommend Pawtree’s 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner to make bathing your puppy quick and effective. This hypoallergenic and pH-balanced bathtime combination is safe to use regularly and will leave your puppy’s fur and skin looking clean and healthy. Click below to order today!