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.
Dog Groomer Tips for Bathing a Puppy
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.
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!
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.
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.
Give your pet a treat after the bath, this will help associate bathing with a happy experience.
This could also be implemented during or before bath time to get your puppy interested in water in a positive way. Sometimes a little bribe can go a long way in your pet’s outlook on certain uncomfortable situations, like their first bath.
When I bathe my puppy, 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.
The Best Setup for Bathing a Puppy
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.)
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More Helpful Tips for Dog
There is no better time to make a bucket list for dogs than when you first bring them home. Make a list of things that you want to do with your pet to create lifelong memories.
After reading these dog groomers’ tips for bathing a puppy, make your new puppy a homemade treat with this Four Ingredient Dog Treats Recipe.
If your dog has sensitive skin, read up on these tips for washing a dog with sensitive skin.
Take plenty of pictures of your puppy when you first bring them home because that time is going to fly by and before you know it, they will be fully grown. Hopefully, these tips have helped them develop into water lovers who make giving a puppy a bath easy and fun for everyone involved.
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