how old do puppys have to be to be given a bath

Asked by Member 633953 on May 17th 2008 Tagged bath in Grooming
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Most dogs would rather skip bath time, but bathing plays an important role in the health of your dog's coat and skin, helping to keep your dog clean and free of dirt and parasites. And of course, there's the added benefit of making your pooch more pleasant to be around.

here are some guidelines:

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8-9 months, is how long i wait!

Member 599887 answered on 5/17/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Well, you can give them a bath when they are little, gentle and in water shallow for them so that they can't drown.

Member 371549 answered on 5/17/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Our pups both got baths when they were around 14 weeks. We just made sure we used a very mild and gentle shampoo made specifically for puppies so we wouldnt dry out their skin. And we were sure to not bathe them too often either.

Layla answered on 5/17/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


It depends on the puppy. Usually about 11-16 weeks old.
you shouldn't bathe your puppy for the first time unless you need to. Because as we know, puppies can get filthy! They roll in poop and dirt- they get drooled on by their elders and often like to dumpster-dive!

If you think your puppy needs a bath because he or she smells/looks atrocious (do NOt mistaken this for regular "puppy smell!") make sure to use the most gentle puppy shampoo you can find. avoid Hartz brand EVERYTHING- their products are notorious for causing nuerological damage and death in animals. use shallow, warm water and have an assistant with you. The puppy will probably be scared at first, so have your assistant distract her with super-yummy treats while you gently bathe her.
Good luck! Make sure to make bathtime fun for her- or she will never cooperate again.

Member 409208 answered on 5/17/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Mia had her first bath the morning after I brought her home at 11 weeks. She was none the worse for wear and was much more pleasant to be around. She truly was born in a barn and smelled like it. 15 pups playing in a huge area of the barn in the winter was a sight to see.

Lily answered on 5/17/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


8 weeks generally but if they are infested with fleas and their gums are white you need to give them a flea bath (AS SO AS POSSIBLE DON"T DELAY) and take them to the vet which the vet may give them a transfusion or maybe give vitamin K but if you catch it in time and they are just infested and the gums are not white just a tad off then wash the pups in a puppy flea soap and use a flea comb. Make sure you get all feas off and make sure you have them where they can't get reinfested oh and do the bitch to if not you will have pups reinfested again. You are not to do pups before 8 weeks of age but there is exceptions to every rule. Make sure you use puppy flea soap and keep them warm after you give them a bath if they are not infested with anything DONN'T BATH THEM till the 8 weeks come up. If you use adult flea soap you could kill them.

Starbutt answered on 5/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I started giving my puppy a bath once a week from the day i got her (8 weeks old). It is very important to start right away or else they will not like getting a bath! Making this a familiar routine right away has allowed my dog to love getting baths. In fact, she just jumps right into the bath tub! Just make sure to be extremely gentle and get the "tear free" puppy shampoo.

Lily answered on 5/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer