Dog Groomer Tips for Bathing a Puppy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Puppies are a lot of fun but they are also a lot of work! When I let my dogs outside to go potty on a rainy day my puppy Brojo finds every puddle and rolls his whole body in it before I can get him back inside. When he has finished covering himself with mud, being sure to cover every inch of his body,  I have to get him into the bathtub right away.

After 6 months of observing the adorable craziness Brojo has brought to my life and over 10 years as a dog groomer, I know these tips for Bathing a Puppy will help save you time and frustration.


  1. If your pet is scared of water, go slow. Even if they don’t achieve the squeaky clean fur you were hoping for it’s better to introduce your pet to the bathing routine slowly. If they are terrified of water, try pouring a few cups of warm water onto their back at a time while praising them. Try again in a few days and each time try to get a little further through the routine.
  2. Close the bathroom door, if possible use a shower or bathtub that has a sliding door. The last thing you need is an escaped soapy pet running through your house making a huge mess!
  3. Never use human soaps on your pets. Most of the products available for our hair is loaded with ingredients that will strip the natural oils right out of your pet and could cause a bad reaction.
  4. Talk to your veterinarian about specific needs for your pet but the rule of thumb for a normal pet is bathing about once a month.
  5. Give your pet a treat after the bath, this will help associate bathing with a happy experience.

When I bathe my puppy Brojo, I am so thankful to have a sliding glass door on my shower. If it weren’t for this door, I know he would jump right out of the tub and leave a soapy paw print trail all around my house.

If you are planning on renovating your bathroom or just adding the luxury and convenience of a sliding glass door be sure to check out the Sterling Prevail sliding door.


  •  It has a flexible track, which is comfortable, easy to clean, and a smart addition to any showering space.
  • Great for bathing kids, washing dogs, lolling in the bath with your feet up, etc. (All the stuff you can’t do with a hard shower track.)
  • Sterling Prevail shower doors with the ComforTrack technology are available for BOTH bath doors and shower doors.

You can find out more information about this great product by visiting Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology.

What are your bath time routines or tips? Share with us in the comments section, we would love to hear them!

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  1. Good tips. A detachable hose showerhead is a must for rinsing dogs.

  2. This is a very handsome dog, he sure is lucky to have you and vice versa! You sounds so in love with him, melts my heart.

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