Washing Pup

If you’re going to wash your pup at regular intervals it’s wise to start them off as puppies. It’s like anything else, pups need to get used to the experience. Washing pup can actually become a pleasurable experience for pup.

Because I’m going to be pretty detailed about how I wash pup, I thought it best to provide you with a video that details suggestions about when to start washing puppies. It’s pretty good.

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Now let’s explore why we wash pup. Many dogs, especially those that roam, never get washed their entire life and never smell. Yes, I know, that’s the exception. At the other end of the spectrum are pups who love to roll around in the dirt and mud every chance they get. Puppies also are low to the ground so they get their belly dirtier than adult dogs.

If your pup has bad odor frequently it might be from what you’re feeding pup……like table scraps. Or it could simply be that your pup gets a case of the stink quicker than most pups. I’m sure you know some people like that. No different.

Your main concern is not to hurt your pup inadvertently with water that is too hot, too cold, or sprayed on them with too much force. If you intend to dry pup with a hair dryer make sure the dryer isn’t blowing too hot. Pups have very sensitive skin. Dogs secrete natural oils that helps prevent rashes and dry skin. Interfering with these oils with a harsh shampoo is dangerous to pups.

Never use human shampoos. They are too harsh for pup’s skin. There are shampoos made especially for puppies. Some even have a conditioner built into them. Good choice. For pup’s head I do use a baby shampoo because if it gets in pup’s eyes, it won’t burn.

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I always brush my pup before washing. It removes “stuff”, and allows you to get out any knots or tangles. I’ve found it a good pre-wash practice. Now, I personally don’t bathe pup. I prefer to shower pup. Our bathtub has sliding glass doors.

Here are some of the tools I use when washing pup:

  • Brush, as part of the pre-wash ritual
  • Rubber tub mat, so pup doesn’t slide around
  • Puppy or adult dog shampoo, depending on the pup
  • Cotton balls, to prevent water and soap getting in pup’s ears
  • Towel(s)
  • Bathing Tether – I don’t use one because of where I wash pup but you might

Here are the washing steps I use:

  • Place rubber mat in the tub
  • Brush pup to remove “stuff” and get out knots/tangles
  • Remove pup’s collar or vest
  • Place cotton balls in pup’s ears to help prevent water and soap from entering
  • Connect shower head with hose to tub faucet
  • Turn water on and test the temperature and pressure
  • If you can’t use a shower, use a plastic pitcher of water
  • Wet pup down thoroughly in a head to tail fashion
  • Make sure to keep water out of pup’s ears and eyes
  • Apply shampoo, lathering up from shoulders to tail
  • Shampoo pup’s head last being careful to keep shampoo out of ears and eyes
  • Don’t forget behind pup’s ears, pup’s underbelly, legs and between toes
  • Check temperature and pressure of water once again
  • Rinse pup from head to tail being sure to remove all soap
  • Up around pup‘s head  I use one hand to cover pup’s eyes for additional protection
  • Now I let the water fully drain, then close the tubs sliding door
  • Now I let pup shake, shake, shake
  • Last I towel dry pup
  • If necessary, I will use a dryer on low setting, keeping my hand between pup and the dryer
  • Last step…….remove the cotton balls

There you have it. Washing pup is all done until the next time. Washing frequency will vary. Personally, I wash pup more frequently in the summer than the winter. That’s a personal choice. If my pup was long haired, I would do the shower routine more often.

In service to pups everywhere,

Tom (TR) Ryan

ps: it’s wise to seek the advice of a vet for your pup.

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