Cute, playful and full of energy, a new puppy brings so much joy to the home but is also a big responsibility. When it comes to bathing, your new puppy should be bathed no more than once a month unless it is absolutely necessary. If your curious pup is prone to jumping in mud or something smelly, an interim wash every now and again is fine.
While it is important to bathe a puppy as part of their overall health care, finding the right balance is essential. Puppies and adult dogs have natural oils that protect their coat, and bathing too often tends to remove these essential oils and can lead to dry coat and skin problems. On the flip side, inadequate bathing may lead to health problems and a smelly dog. When deciding how often to bathe your puppy, it can be helpful to consider factors like different breeds, lifestyles and skin conditions. In this article, we discuss the right time to start bathing a puppy, individual considerations, and how to bathe your precious pooch.
The best time to start bathing a puppy is at around eight weeks of age. Prior to this time, puppies cannot regulate their body temperature and may become too hot or cold when bathing. If the puppy were still with its mother, she would lick it to clean any dirt off, just like a cat does. If your puppy needs cleaning before eight weeks, wiping them down with a warm, wet cloth to remove any dirt will suffice. Avoid the puppy needing a bath too soon by keeping it somewhere clean and removing any food or waste before it becomes smelly. If your puppy does roll in poop and needs a bath, be sensible and make sure they stay warm and dry off quickly to avoid any drastic temperature changes.
While the general consensus is that puppies should not be bathed more than once a month, it is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. There are other variables that will affect how often you should bathe your puppy.
Make bath time enjoyable for both you and your puppy by being perfectly prepared, particularly if this is the puppy’s first bath. Having all the bathing equipment in one location in a safe and reachable area will set the tone for a relaxed and organised bathing experience. Make sure you are organising the area in a quiet and calm manner so as not to alarm your puppy. Here is a checklist of what you might need for your puppy’s bath.
Once you are all set up with the bath, towels and supplies, it is time to bathe your puppy. Follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure bathtime is a positive and successful experience for you and your puppy.
Puppies tend to be boisterous and playful, which makes it difficult to check out their skin and general health. While bathing your puppy, take the opportunity to check these things out.
How often your puppy is bathed depends on their breed, coat, lifestyle and age. No matter what their bathing routine is, here are a few ways to keep your puppy’s coat looking good in between baths.
Bathing a puppy does not have to be a stressful time as long as you understand when a puppy needs a bath and how to do it. On average, puppies should be bathed around once a month, but breed, coat and lifestyle contribute to the perfect bathing schedule for each dog. In this article, we have taken the guesswork out of bathing a puppy with a step-by-step guide to bathing and a list of handy tips and things to look out for when bathing your precious pup.