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Help! Need step by step to bathing 1st time.

My husband and I purchased 2 puppies ( they are brothers and we couldn't separated them) few weeks ago. They have been so much fun and have really been making us laugh all the time. I have been able to comb them daily. They are very good about nail trims and ear and eye wiping too. Now I want to bathe them myself. I purchased a good shampoo and conditioner (Plum Silky). I hope someone out there can give me some step by step instructions. I know I must comb them prior to the bath but what's next? Do I rub the shampoo in or just spray and rinse? Do I comb afterwards or do I blow dry first? I feel like a first time mom again after raising 3 kids!! I would really appreciate all tips you veteran havanese moms have. Thanks. Oh by the way they are only 5 months old and still have their puppy coats.
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Here is a link to a video that will show you the process. It is from Nathan's site. Scroll down and it's on the left under Grooming 101. http://www.havanesebreed.com/subscribe/
it's a very good video.
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Welcome Yaya. I am laughing, it does feel like new babies. You will do fine just watch their eyes and inside of their ears. I blow some before I brush. It mostly depends on what kind of hair. You need to go slow introducing them to the blow dryer and its noise.

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Welcome to the forum! You must go to the Introduce Yourself 2 thread and.....introduce yourself and your puppies! Wow, two! I raised three kids too, and it did feel exactly like bringing home a new infant. I was totally unprepared for that.

A lot of us, when the puppies are small (and maybe even some when they are larger), bathe in the kitchen sink. Yes, definitely comb them out first. Have your diluted Plum Silky (great shampoo, by the way) ready. Some dilute in a squire bottle; I dilute mine in a plastic glass. Wet the dog - I used to use the little sprayer thing on the sink. You don't want to get water in the ears. I hold the ears down when spraying the water. Some use cotton balls - Augie would just shake them out. Squirt some of the diluted shampoo mixture on him and gently massage it into his hair. Rinse. Rinse. Rinse again. Want to be sure to get all the shampoo out. Depending on how dirty the dog is, I sometimes do a second round of shampoo. Otherwise, after rinsing well, pour on the diluted conditioner. Again, rinse well, unless you are using a leave-in type conditioner. Gently towel the puppy. I put a towel on my lap, while I am sitting in a chair, and hold Augie on my lap and run my fingers through his hair while blowing him dry (and I just use an old human hair dryer). Or I will use a 'pick' (for human hair) and run that through him while I am drying as it has its teeth wider apart and doesn't tangle in his hair as badly as he is in full coat. Others have a more professional-type set-up. I just try not to let the dryer blow too-hot air on him.

Oops - I see I am late to the party again. We cross posted, it appears. I should probably go watch the video and find out all that I am doing wrong!!

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I try to watch out and not get much water on a young puppys head. My vet said to put 1/2 ball of cotton in the ears but I guess I don't put in in right because it falls out.
I use more of a wash cloth on face and head. I did this in tell Maddie was about 5mo old.
We want wet baby pictures! and all fluffed up ones too!

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Be prepared to get wet! Warm water to wash/rinse. I use the inside of my wrist, just slightly warm. Don't forget to let the water run for a good while, so the temperature does not change on you.

I use the kitchen sink with bathing. I do not scrub the fur around as if to tangle it, try to clean going in the direction of the hair growth. I tend to shampoo the boys at least 3 times, they get pretty dirty. I am always spraying the body as much as I can, so they do not get cold.

With a puppy, probably one shampoo would be enough. When you have rinsed very well, apply conditioner to the body, while conditioner working, clean the muzzle and under the eyes and ear leather. Rinse well.

DO NOT GET WATER IN THE NOSE WHEN THEY ARE HOLDING THEIR HEADS STRAIGHT UP.

Apply the water when their head is down and you can rinse off the mouth and muzzle and face.

They will look like drowned rats when all wet. Wrap the pup up in big towel and towel dry as much water that can be patted or rubbed gently. Hold the pup in a big towel for a good 5 minutes to soak off the water and to keep him warm.

Have fun drying him! You will get wet again! Practice makes perfect. What kind of dryer are you using? I use warm high speed (Human Dryer) and constantly touching the hair to make sure it is not too hot....and while touching the Hav, I am fluffying the hair to dry.

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Linda - good reminder about not getting water into the nose! When their beard gets longer, I generally hold onto that to keep the head still so I can better guide the water on the face, beard and neck area. I try to spray the face as little as possible too, but I do like to wash and rinse the mustache and beard when it gets longer and tends to soil more. And I recall those first puppy baths where I think I was as wet as Augie was by the time we were finished. This is bringing back memories.

A word of warning - be prepared for the Crazy Runs or Run Like He-- (RLH's) through the house after a bath!! Augie goes absolutely berserk (and most others on here have reported the same) when he is released from his towel!

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Holy cow this sounds complicated! But I watched the video and read all your tips. I have my supplies so I doing the bath as soon as I post this. I will let you all know how it goes. Wish me luck and thanks for all the advice. You guys are great!
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