Although some doggies really dread the occasional bath, starting early may be helpful in getting them used to water at a tender age. Always be sure to bathe your puppies using the appropriate products. They are delicate little creatures, after all.
If you're preparing to bathe a wee puppy less than 3 months old, head to a pet supplies shop to purchase a shampoo formula specifically for—you guessed it—puppies. Puppy shampoos are specially designed to accommodate the sensitive nature of a young dog's fur and skin. Go the extra mile and make sure that the shampoo is labeled as "tearless." Tearless shampoos are mild and won't trigger uncomfortable eye irritation.
Never under any circumstances wash your puppy—or adult dog, for that matter—using a shampoo made for humans. Since canine pH levels are nothing like those of people, human shampoos may simply be too aggressive and overpowering on dogs, especially puppies. Shampoos for people also may lead to skin itching and dryness—the last things you want for your pup. When you're building up a soapy lather, take great care to avoid allowing it to get in your pet's eyes, ears or mouth.
Water temperature is also an important factor to note before bathing a young puppy. Make sure the water is running at a comfortable lukewarm temperature, and then allow it to fill the tub to between 3 and 4 inches or so. Water that is too cool or too hot may be very unpleasant for your doggy, so always opt for lukewarm, regardless of whether your pet is a puppy or a senior.
Slipping is a potential hazard during doggy bathtime, especially when it comes to puppies. Puppies tend to be rather clumsy. Keep your precious pooch from slipping in the tub by laying down either a towel or a rubber bathmat.
Once you're done bathing a puppy, the only thing you need is a clean towel to dry the wet cutie off. Make sure to soak up as much excess H20 as you can. At a pet supplies store you may be able to track down special pet towels that are especially absorbent.