One of the most important skills you can teach your new puppy is that while they might not enjoy bath time, that they must cooperate with a minimal amount fuss so that the process is quicker and more pleasant for both of you.
Assemble your tools before bringing puppy onto the scene, have your shampoo, (using a great shampoo will make a huge difference in coat health over your new puppy's lifetime) towels, ear cleaner and cotton balls for cleaning little ears, then go capture your baby canine and reveal your dastardly plot.
A few simple tips to keep things on track.
- Run the tap till you get water temperature slightly warm to the touch, nothing is more unpleasant to a little puppy than cold tap water on sensitive skin. Insert a cotton ball in each ear to keep water out.
- Before applying shampoo, wet puppy thoroughly, keep adding water to dilute shampoo and help it lather.
- Don’t avoid washing little faces, use very diluted shampoo on your puppy’s head but do wash that face and especially the long furnishings on the ears. After lathering rinse face completely, tipping little noses up a bit to keep water out.
- Placing your hand on the back of puppy’s neck will stop her from shaking watery suds all over the place.
- Rinse Rinse Rinse, any shampoo left in the coat will irritate skin. Be especially thorough in the following areas, under the chin, between the front and hind legs, under the tail. It's easy to leave suds if you're not careful.
- Towel dry and use a hair dryer on low setting, (it's very easy to overheat when drying so keep the dryer moving back and forth, don't hold in one place more than a few seconds) holding puppy in your lap, blow her coat completely dry to avoid a chill. Dogs have sensitive skin and warmer body temps that we do, keep dryer cooler that warmer, never leave dryer on unattended puppy as dangerous overheating can occur.
- Make the experience as pleasant as possible and you’ll be rewarded with a puppy who while not loving her bath, will at least submit however reluctantly with good puppy graces.
- A yummy treat for both of you for a job well done!