Their first puppy bath

Bathing puppies might seem like a daunting prospect, but with a little care and attention you can get them used to the experience. Follow our tips for giving them their first bath and enjoy a great, stress-free time together.

You will need

• Table
• Towel
• Suitable puppy brush
• Hair dryer
• Dog bath or other suitable container
• Puppy shampoo
• A treat

Your Puppy’s First Bath

Putting a towel on the table will help ensure the puppy doesn’t slip off and will also absorb excess water.

Begin by brushing the puppy before proceeding to bath it, as this will calm it down. Simple movements with an appropriate brush will remove dirt from the coat.

In the meantime, turn the hair dryer on near to the table so as to get the puppy used to the noise of the appliance.

The idea is to get the puppy used to this situation while making this a nurturing and joyful experience for it.

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Steps for bathing a puppy

1) When your puppy arrives home for the first time, it is beneficial to give them a bath in order to let them start their new experience fresh and clean.
2) To start bathing a puppy, place them on a table that has been specifically designated for the job. In placing the puppy in this elevated, unfamiliar spot, you will help them understand that you are not playing. This will help you handle it safely and comfortably.
3) Putting a towel on the table will help ensure your puppy doesn’t slip off. It will also absorb excess water.
4) Begin by gently brushing your puppy before proceeding to bathe them, as this will calm them down. Simple movements with an appropriate brush will also remove dirt from their coat.
5) In the meantime, also turn the hair dryer on. Leave it near the table to help your puppy get used to the noise of the appliance. The idea is to get your puppy used to this situation while making this a nurturing and joyful experience for it.
6) Proceed to then place your puppy in a decent sized container or dog/puppy bath, which should be inside the bathtub.
7) Using the shower head, soak your puppy in warm water, always making sure that it is not too hot or cold.
8) Prepare the puppy shampoo by mixing it with water. Using a soft sponge, spread the shampoo evenly on its fur, taking care to avoid its eyes.
9) Gently scrubbing your puppy will not only wash and massage them, but will also get them used to being handled.
10) It is important to rinse the fur of all shampoo once you have finished bathing your puppy.
11) Moving on to drying! When they come out of the bath, they will automatically want to shake themselves. Your bathroom might get a bit wet, but it’s their instinctive way of getting rid of most of the water. When they have done this, start with a vigorous round with the towel.
12) While you are drying them, rest on your stomach and keep them still with one hand to ensure they feel safe.
13) With the hair dryer, apply warm air to the fur, starting from the tail in order to not scare them. Try and avoid blowing air directly on their nose and ears.
14) Make sure your puppy is thoroughly dry, particularly the back and under the legs.
15) Once you have finished bathing your puppy and drying them off, place your puppy on the table again for a couple of seconds and brush and stroke them.
16) Last but not least, give your puppy a biscuit as a reward!