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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-25-2019, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Bathing Pup

When it comes to my 3 month old pup i use just warm water, though I'm told not to bathe her at all! Thoughts?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 01:53 AM
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I got my puppy at 12 weeks of age, so 3 months roughly, and she stunk to high heaven so I gave her a bath. I gave her another, with a flea and tick shampoo, at about 5 or 6 months and it actually seemed to make her itch a lot more! She's 2 1/2 yrs old now, and outside of swimming, she's only had 2 baths since. I think bathing a puppy every month or two is okay, if need be, but more than that isn't good as it removes their natural oils and "can" cause itching or other skin issues.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 09:43 AM
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I like to teach my puppies that bath time is not a big deal because introducing a full grown large breed dog to their first bathing experience is not fun. I am a groomer and have had to do this multiple times and it is often stressful for the dog when it doesn't have to be if owners had spent a little time teaching them as puppies. IMO bathing is part of socializing a puppy and teaching them about existing in our world. My puppies are taught to get into the tub and remain in it until released, and introduced to a HV dryer.



There are lots of natural and gentle shampoos on the market. Just get one formulated for dogs. I see a lot of people recommend dish soap or baby shampoo and those can dry out the skin and coat since they are not formulated for the ph level of a dog's skin.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2019, 12:10 AM
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I think it’s good to get used to the pup to a bath even if it means some extra baths. It’s good to always use a conditioner when using a shampoo and you can even use shampoos with natural ingredients or make your own shampoo. Soon they may be to for your tub lol!


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