Bath Time

If you have a very young puppy, not at all. until they are five weeks old. After that, it really depends on your dog’s lifestyle, skin and hair. A long or curly coat will obviously collect more nasties than a smooth, short one. But bathing too often can rob the skin and coat of its natural oils, causing it to lose its sheen, or even making it harsh and dry. To keep your dog looking and smelling clean between baths, give them a regular brush and trim.

  1. Go for walkies. Seriously. It’s a great way to tire your dog out!
  2. Brush out any tangles while they are still dry
  3. Pick a venue – ideally a tub or basin with a rubber mat at the bottom to prevent slipping or panicking. And unless it's warm and sunny, do it inside
  4. Gather your dog shampoo, something to pour water and some towels
  5. Give your dog a treat or toy to play with. This helps them associate bath time with fun
  6. Place your dog in the bath and start running the tap on cold to lukewarm
  7. Introduce your dog to the water gently by wetting the feet first, using a jug or shower hose, then gradually wet the rest of their body. Don’t pour water over their head, as it can get into their ears and cause discomfort and even ear problems
  8. Wash the face with a damp cloth and lift up ears to wipe away dirt, wax, and dead skin
  9. Pour shampoo along their back and work it into a lather. Lather everywhere, including belly, and under arms, legs, tail and feet
  10. Be sure to rinse all the shampoo out with clean water or you’ll have a very itchy dog
  11. Now stand back - unless you want a shower when he shakes! Then towel dry him
  12. Don’t let your dog outside immediately – apart from risking a chill, he's bound to roll in the dirt, undoing all your good work!

Only ever use dog or puppy shampoo. Don't use human shampoo or fabric detergent, and never ever apply dyes, colouring agents or household disinfectants - the chemicals can be fatal.

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