You can wash it as early as 2 months. Between the fourth and seventh month of its existence, the puppy loses its “baby” fleece to take its final hair.
Wash through shampoo should not be too common: once every two months is ideal. The “lotions without rinsing” will allow you to a quick restoration of your pet.
For details, you can follow these step
Check the temperature.
Dogs are sensitive to hot water, just like us. So check the water temperature before putting your dog in the bath. It should not be too hot. If the water is too cold, your dog may catch a cold, which is particularly dangerous for puppies.
- If you are bathing your dog in a bathtub or sink, fill it with warm water to the tip of your dog’s hock.
Wet your dog’s body with water.
- It is not advisable to wash your dog’s head or mouth. Water could get into his ears or shampoo might come in contact with his eyes. Wash it, then, to its withers. Be sure to wet your fur. This can take some time for thick fur dogs.
- If you have a garden hose or a detachable shower head, use it to wet your dog. Make sure the water pressure is not too high, as this may scare the water.
- If you use a bucket or cup to wet it, avoid wetting your head.
There are knobs with hoses that you can attach to your shower or tap. The American pet protection company recommends the “Rinse Ace Pet Shower Deluxe”.
Put on shampoo.
If your dog’s fur is very thick or long, you will first need to mix the shampoo with water in a goblet. This will help you get the shampoo into your fur.
For short-haired dogs, simply put some shampoo on their fur. Then massage your dog to spread the shampoo.
- You should not use a washcloth or sponge to apply the shampoo. In fact, it is better to use your hands to penetrate the shampoo. Thus, you will have the opportunity to check that there is nothing unusual about your dog’s skin, such as bumps or inflammations.
- Do not put shampoo on the head or the face of your dog. If your mouth is dirty, use a wet washcloth to gently remove dirt.
- If your dog has a very long hair, massage the shampoo in the direction of the shoot. This will avoid nodes.
Wash your dog’s body.
Put the shampoo in everywhere, except its head. Do not forget the armpits, belly, tail, groin, and legs.
- Let the shampoo work as long as necessary. Some shampoos contain a mild flea treatment and must, therefore, act a little to be effective.
Wash your dog’s mouth.
If your mouth is dirty, use a wet washcloth to remove dirt. Do not clean the inside of your ears with the washcloth, you may introduce too much water and cause an ear infection.
- Some dogs have a skin infection on their chin, called “furunculosis,” which resembles small red pimples. If your dog suffers from it, you should consult a veterinarian for it to show you how to clean his chin properly. The veterinarian may advise you to even a shampoo or a disinfecting cream.
- If your dog has a lot of folds, use the washcloth to clean between the folds.
Dry your dog.
You can buy an extra absorbent micro fiber towel, this will make your work easier. But a normal towel will also do the trick.
Put the towel on the back of your dog and tap to dry it. Do not rub with the towel, you may know if your dog has long hairs. Remember that, instinctively, your dog will want to shake, get ready to get wet.
- You can use a hair dryer to dry your dog’s fur. But do not forget to set the temperature on minimum to avoid burning it. Never direct the hair dryer to your dog’s mouth.
Brush your dog’s fur.
If your dog has a long or thick hair, you will have to brush it as long as it is still wet to avoid knots. You can use a detangler to make your job easier.
Give your dog a treat.
For him to continue to see the bath as a positive experience, give him a treat whenever you wash him. Praise him, tell him he is a good dog. So your dog will learn that bathing is not something to dread but a pleasant time with treats and congratulations from his master.
- If your dog is particularly nervous during the bath, you can give it a treat while you wash it.
- Never put water or soap in your dog’s nose, mouth, ears or eyes.
- Talk to your dog to comfort him.
- If it’s hot, give your dog a bath in a paddling pool.
- Small dogs can easily be washed in a sink.
- You’re going to be wet! So do not wear your favorite outfit to bath your dog. Put on old jeans and an old t-shirt.
- Clean your legs thoroughly to remove any dirt and avoid infection.
- If your dog has redness or any other sign of an allergic reaction, immediately call your veterinarian.
- Do not color your dog’s hairs. This can cause very serious health problems.