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I wasn't sure where to post this question, but since Scarlett is a puppy, I figured I would post it here.

I am really new to owning a dog, and my husband is as well, so there are some of these little details that we aren't sure about.

My question is: when can we give our puppy a bath? She is 2 months old now. We think that she is in need of a bath - she has a little smell, and her bum and feet need a cleaning.

Thanks for your help!
 

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inca had to be bathed at 8weeks old on they day we got her, she had an accident in the car and made a mess of herself.

delta got her back legs rinced off every couple of days as she always got pee on her legs for the first couple of months.

i think you will also finde that most breeders bath their puppies before they go home. they also need cleening when on the puppy mush food when weening on to solids.

so you could bath her tomorrow if you like. she most likly wont be happy, but be patendent. let her calm down so she will stand. and dont let her out the bath if she is trying to get out. that will just teach her to keep trying.

oh and i think we will all want to see some bath time photos.
 

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I'm wondering about the same thing. Chloe went for a run in the snow, but ended up in the dirt instead. She got a bath! How do you dry them? Just with towels? It was taking forever so I used a hair dryer on her. Am I nuts? And should I brush her??
 

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Thank you all for the replies! I think we might try bathing her one day this week. She seems to be settling well so far, so I will see how tomorrow goes. Even if I just get some parts of her cleaned off for now - like her bum and legs/paws. Anyway, thanks for your help, and if I get some good bath time pictures, I will definitely post them for you!
 

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I would suggest that a very gentle way to bath a puppy at this young age is to just wash her from neck down. They don't always like having the water and then air from a dryer aroud their ears and face. So you could choose to leave her head dry for the first couple of baths.
 

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You might find your pup loves the bath. I've bathed Nacho a week after we got him and he was a real water baby.
It may help if you get in the bath with them too - i did that the first time round in a shorts and t-shirt... i was soaked afterwards but it kept pup more calm!! He's even got used to the hair dryer afterwards! It maybe a coincidence for me but i think the earlier I got him used to it the better. Make sure it's lovely and warm... Nacho HATES a cool to warm bath!


Good luck.
 

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Get yourself a Aquasorb Towel from Pets at Home. you just press it against the coat and it absorbs an amazing amount of water. Both Poppy and Rosie were bathed within a couple of day of bringing them home, we did as Julia has suggested and didn't wash their head for a few baths.
 

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Thanks for all of the replies. We are going to give her a bath, and will keep the water away from her head for now as you suggested. I will definitely get the camera out and take some pictures of the process - I am sure it will be an adventure!
 

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Bathing your pup should be fine. Just make sure you use a gentle puppy shampoo and rinse well. Soap left on the skin can make them itchy. I bathe my dogs in our stand up shower so I can stand in there with them. I have a shower head with a long hose that can be removed from its holder, so it's easy to direct the water where it needs to go.

I'd get your pup used to bathing and drying from an early age - much easier on you and the puppy!
 

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Thank you for the replies everyone. We gave her a bath the other night, but I didn't wash her head. We had some puppy shampoo from when we got her, so I used that. She was such a good little puppy in the bath! She let me wash her body, and her legs, and paws with no fuss. After a couple of minutes she started to get a little bit cold, so she wanted out, but she let me finish washing her. She didn't care for being blow dried lol so I used a towel to dry her, and then I wrapped her up in her blanket and we snuggled a bit. It was a great experience, and I look forward to her next bath! I did take some pictures, and I will post them soon - she looked so tiny!
 

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Get yourself a Aquasorb Towel from Pets at Home. you just press it against the coat and it absorbs an amazing amount of water. Both Poppy and Rosie were bathed within a couple of day of bringing them home, we did as Julia has suggested and didn't wash their head for a few baths.
That's exactly what I was going to recommend. They're brilliant - like a big Chamois leather.

If you're willing to spend a bit a blaster dryer is brilliant. I got mine for £110 on Ebay. It seems a lot but it's only the price of 4-5 professional grooms.
 

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Can anyone recommend how often you should bath a puppy? We haven't needed to bath Riley yet and he is 11 weeks, he has only been out walking for 2 days but did get quite muddy legs etc but once he was dry and brushes through he looked fine again, he is apricot too so very likely to show the dirt!
I understood bathing too often wasn't good for the coat and could cause ezcema etc, so was only going to do when absolutely necessary but am now wondering if I should start early to become a regular thing??

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As I said I would, I'm posting some pictures of Scarlett when we bathed her.









Drying off


And all snuggled up to keep warm


And for anyone interested in seeing more pics of my baby, I will post some on the picture board!
 

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well done,she looks so cute all snuggled up
Thanks :)

awww! So cute. Make me really excited to get mine! How are things going now that you've had her for a few weeks?
Thank you! Things are going beautifully! She is such a great little puppy. She has had few accidents, is learning everything quickly, sleeps well at night, and is really just bringing joy to our lives! Soon enough you will have your new baby!
 
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