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When Can You Give A Puppy A Bath?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Sep 16 ·

Every dog is different when it comes to grooming and bathing needs. But when can you give a puppy a bath? Sometimes you can do it at home yourself, and other times it’s easy to bring them to a professional groomer. But when can you bathe a puppy for the first time? First, let’s talk about bathing your new furry friend safely.

when can you give a puppy a bath?

When can you give a puppy a bath for the first time?

The short answer is six weeks old or sometimes even as young as four weeks old. However, it’s recommended that you wait until the puppy is at least two months of age. Why? Because there are risks involved in bathing your pup at such a young age.

Water inhalation

Dogs can get water in their lungs at any age, but it’s more common in younger puppies. This is one of the reasons why it’s better to wait until your pooch is at least two months old. After that, your dog will be a little bigger to stand in the bathtub by themselves. However, you should never leave your pup unattended in the tub.

Should you bathe your puppy regularly?

As humans, we shower regularly. However, that’s not the case for all dogs. There are various coat types. For example, there are long, medium, or short coats. Some are smooth, wavy, silky, wiry, rough, or dense. Also, some dogs have a single-layer coat while others have double coats. Finally, some coats are weather-resistant or waterproof. 

Depending on your dog’s coat type, you don’t need to bathe them regularly. You can get away with bathing your pooch once a month or even once every two months. But, of course, if your doggo gets into something they weren’t supposed to – such as digging in the garden or rolling in mud puddles or poop – then you’ll want to bathe them to get rid of the stench.

Alternatively, it might be easier to bring them to professional groomers. Then, they’ll be able to tell you how often they should get their coat cleans and bathed. It will be at an extra cost, of course, but it will save you some time in the long run.

when can you give a puppy a bath?

Regularly bathing your puppy.

However, you can regularly bathe your pooch when they’re young to keep them healthy and clean. This will help their coat and skin, plus get them used to bathe. Remember, every dog is different, but you can bathe your pooch once a month until they’re six months old and then once or twice per year as an adult.

What do you need to give a puppy a bath?

First, you’ll want to get high-quality shampoo and conditioner that’s safe for pets. There are a lot of different kinds out there, from regular to sensitive skin. In addition, there are different types of soap for different coats. So, again, be sure you know what coat type your dog has. If you’re unsure, you can talk to a groomer or your veterinarian.

Shampoo and conditioner also come in many scents. But keep in mind that your dog might not like the scent. Sometimes, after getting a bath, they’ll roll around in the grass. This is their way of getting rid of the shampoo small.

In addition, you’ll want special rags or washcloths for your doggo. Finally, they’ll need a brush, nail clippers, ear cleaners, and their own towel. Again, you can head to your local pet store and search the grooming aisles to see what you need. 

How do you get your puppy used to bathing?

Since we can bathe our puppies as early as two months old, it’s best to start slow. They’re still young and learning. In addition, not all dogs are a fan of the water.

So, you’ll want to start slow and steady. First, introduce the bathroom (or where ever you bathe your pup) as a safe space. Next, get them used to the room. Then, you can train them to hop into the tub without water. Sometimes, you can immediately put water in the tub if your dog enjoys the water. However, be sure not to fill the tub all the way. Depending on the size of your doggo, you can fill the tub no more than halfway.

When your pup is used to being in the tub with water, you can slowly introduce the shampoo and conditioner. Always remember to be gentle, avoid the face, and rinse thoroughly.

when can you give a puppy a bath?

Get into a bath routine

So, when can you give a puppy a bath? When you regularly bathe your pup, they not only get used to the process, but there are plenty of other benefits as well.

For example, regular bathing helps keep bad bacteria off of them, keeps their skin healthy and coat clean, and reduces odor.

Not to mention, it’s a great bonding moment for both you and your doggo.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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