Guide to washing your puppy

For many puppies giving them their first bath can be a little daunting, so the onus is on you to make it as relaxing as possible for them.

28 Jun 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

The first step in ensuring bath time is an enjoyable experience for your pup is making them feel calm and loved. Give your fur baby a treat and a little cuddle or rub while talking to them in a calm and kind voice.

Using a low irritant shampoo that’s specifically designed for puppies will help ensure a positive bath experience for pup.

The team at Joseph Lyddy Pet Indulgence (also the brains behind Calming 2in1 Conditioning Shampoo) offer the following tips on how to wash your puppy:

Dog in sink

  • Select a location to wash your puppy based on size and time of the year. Ensure you have an area that is confined, such as a bathtub or an area you can tie your puppy that is safe. A laundry sink, bathtub or a shower with a hose is ideal for puppies.
  • You can use a rubber mat in a bathtub to stop your puppy from slipping and help make them feel more secure.
  • Be prepared. Before starting, ensure you have everything you need. Puppy shampoo, towels, collar, lead and treats close by to reward your puppy after the wash.

dog being washed

  • Always ensure the water is lukewarm to keep your puppy from feeling the cold.
  • Wet the puppy’s coat, avoiding their eyes and ears. We recommend washing their head last.
  • Massage the shampoo into coat soothing puppy as you go.
  • Rinse well with lukewarm water to remove all shampoo from the puppy’s coat.

puppy in towel

  • Allow your dog to shake to remove excess water. Towel dry your dog to remove excess water and dry coat. If you want to avoid too much shaking after the wash then placing a towel immediately over the puppy may help reduce shaking.
  • If it is winter or cold outside then we recommend keeping your puppy inside to dry.
  • Reward your puppy with positive reinforcement through a treat or your current training method.

Joseph Lyddy Calming 2in1 Conditioning Shampoo is a low irritant shampoo blended with essential oils such as lavender to create a calming space for your puppy.

NOTE: Washing a pup can sometimes send them a little crazy, so be prepared for some play time until your little puppy calms down.

28 Jun 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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