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First bath, any suggestions?

Hi, this is Pablo's mom again. Pablo just came home today and we noticed that he's a bit smelly, he has not had a bath yet, so we are planning on giving him his first bath tomorrow.

I know I should put cotton balls in his ears, and we are going to pick up a puppy shampoo tomorrow. Any other suggestions? Do you think I need a conditioner too or is just shampoo ok for a puppy?

And most importantly, how can I make this fun and help him stay calm? I want his first bath to be a pleasant experience, I don't want to traumatize him in any way so he'll hate baths in the future. I tried combing him today and he had a hard time staying still, didn't seem to enjoy it, so I'm wondering how he will do with his bath tomorrow, any suggestions?

Any advice would be appreciated (or links if this was already answered)!

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 05:52 AM
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Hi -
That puppy is so adorable!! If you go to the "search" section of this forum and type in "shampoo", "conditioner" or "Baths" you will probably find some suggestions. There is also a grooming section on the forum that has great posts about puppy baths! That is how I found the best info. I'm pretty new here as well and still learning tons of tips from everyone!

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Ted hates his bath but he will just have to get used to it. Part of all of our lives to have a bath or shower. The only thing I havent got him used to is a dryer. It scares the crap out of him. Since the summer has been soo hot, I just towel dry him. Remember to brush, before the bath. Brushing is something you work on. I brush Ted almost every day with lots of treats and try to make the sessions longer each time. Puppies don't have a lot of patience so we have too have it for them

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Congratulations! Pablo is adorable. I have no suggestions, I don't get my new puppy until September 22nd. Good luck with the first bath.
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I love your puppy pictures, so incredibly cute. How about throwing a ball into the bath? Or, something that might float around to divert his attention?
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Great advice. I am new too so I appreciate any and all tips.
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Good for when you are doing the back end maybe, but not when you are doing their face and chest. You need them looking at you. I just make sure I have everything set up and try and make it as quick as possible for him. Really, we aren't hurting them so they will learn to tolerate it the more they get bathed. I'm pretty sure that one of the old threads has a video of a woman bathing her Hav. It is excellent

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good luck with the bath!! every dog is different, he may not mind it at all *fingers crossed*. Mine isnt a fan of it... she's nervous and I do wish I would have bathed her more frequently as a little pup. The younger they are the quicker they adapt to things ... it just becomes more of a challenge the older they get, but they do get there and she is getting better with the baths.... treats/toys dont work for her in the tub, even her favourite treats, but it may work for some dogs.


this is what I do:
- Brush before hand
- Keep a mat or towel down in the tub/sink so they have a good grip
- Have all your bathing supplies out and ready (caps off bottles, towels out, I use a small container to rinse the water off her head/face because I find it's easier than the sprayer)
- do the body 1st (it's easier!)
- Dry with a hair dryer (even a little bit in the summer). As a little pup I would put the dryer on around Gabby everyday to get her use to it (bring her in the room when I i was drying my hair so she got use to the sound), then once she was comfortable with that I started putting it on her (just a little), to get her use to it... and boy does she love it now!
- Brush again
- Be prepared for one frisky pup!

let us know how it goes!!

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I found the cotton balls in the ear is just IMPOSSIBLE, they constantly fall out. I just use a special ear drying out liquid in her ears after the bath.

Try to use a conditioner for sure. And invest in a GOOD metal comb to comb down to the skin... feel free to ask us any questions as you go along, we're almost always here!!

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Another tip is to make sure the house is relatively warm. Not a big deal at this time of year, unless you run your C very strong, but in the winter, I found that cranking the heat up a few degrees until Kodi was out of the bath an wrapped in dry towels made him much less shivery and unhappy with the whole procedure.


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