How to Give Your Dog a Bath

Young dogs, old dogs and in between dogs love to play. Often times, this means going for a roll in the grass or worse yet rolling in the mud. Eventually, your precious little puppy will be not so fresh. In fact, they will be downright stinky. When this happens (about every 3-6 months), then it is time to give your dog a bath.


Cat owners will want to read this article for information on How to Give Your Cat a Bath.

Start Bathing Your Puppy Young

The easiest way to make a puppy bathing experience gentle is by starting your dog young. Older dogs will be more reluctant to get into the tub and stay there. Plus, it is much easier to train a puppy who weighs 6 pounds to stay in a tub than to teach a full grown 50 pound dog.


1) Trim Your Dog’s Nails

Puppy claws can be quite sharp and they can make standing in a tub difficult. Before you give your dog a bath, trim their nails to protect yourself and your pooch.

2) Lock the Bathroom Door

Bring your dog into the bathroom and lock the door. You don’t want any sudden surprises. If someone walks in, you just might find your dog hopping out and shaking. Then you will wind up chasing a wet dog around your home as he or she continues to shake and roll around (probably on your nice clean sheets.)


3) Fill the Tub with Water

The tub needs to have enough water to cover the feet but not high enough to touch the chest. The water needs to be lukewarm to prevent your puppy from getting cold. Test the water like you would for bathing a baby.

4) Shampoo the Dog

Use a plastic cup to scoop water onto your dog. Keep a close watch on the eyes and the ears. You do not want to get any soap in the eyes, nose or ears of your puppy.

  • Dog shampoo is best but baby shampoo works in a pinch
  • If you are giving your dog a flea bath, use flea bath shampoo
  • If you have no flea shampoo, then Dawn works well. Read more about How to Give a Flea Bath with Dawn

Lather from the head down to keep the shampoo from running into the dogs eyes. Then use the tub water to completely rinse off the dog. Leaving dog shampoo on will dry out the skin and the coat of your furry friend.

6) Pat the Dog Dry

Once the bath is done, your dog will want to shake off the excess water. Therefore, stand back and let it happen. After the dog shakes, use a towel to pat dry your precious pup. When you can no longer get any more water off the dog, let the dog loose. Keep in mind, your dog will want to roll to dry off the fur. Therefore, keep the dog away from grass, mud and dirt until it is fully dry.

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