How to Clean a 1 Month Old Puppy

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10 - 15 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

Your cute little puppy has made it through so much learning and growing in his first month. He is strong enough to run and make little jumps by now. He’s playing more than ever. And he’s even eating solid foods. Eating puppy kibble alone is enough to make him dirty as he plays with his meals and gets it in his coat. You may have been spot cleaning small areas of your puppy the past few weeks and are wondering just when you can give him a bath. If you don’t have to bathe him just yet, wait a bit longer. But if you must, you can submerge him in warm water for a very quick bath before wrapping, drying, and taking him back to warmth. 

Dog's Perspective

Have your bath all ready to go before introducing your one-month-old puppy to the water. He might be nervous and scared of the loud sounds running water makes. Also, feel free to continue with spot cleaning. At one-month-old, you are also giving him one small treat after he’s tolerated such a new experience.

The First Bath Method

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Warm room
A bathroom might be the easiest place to bathe your one-month-old puppy. But you do not need to place him in a large tub. You can use the bathroom sink since he’s probably still pretty small, even if he’s going to be a giant pup one day. Make the room warm by running a hot shower while setting up the sink. Keep the door closed.
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Bring pup in
Once the sink has a bit of warm water in and the bathroom is nice and warm, bring your puppy in.
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Soft cloth
You can set your puppy in the warm water and gently get him wet with a soft cloth, or you can set him on a towel on the counter and use the warm water to dip your cloth in. If there is no reason to submerge him, keeping him on a warm towel is perfect for these first few baths.
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Wipe down
Use the cloth to wipe down your month old puppy from head to tail. Start with his face, then move to his neck and body before finishing off with his potty areas. You do not need to use shampoo at this point, but if you feel you must, use a puppy tear-free shampoo. Do not use human soap or shampoo on any of your dogs.
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Dry
Use a separate towel to dry your puppy. Keep him in the warm bathroom until he is mostly dry. Wrap your pup in a blanket or dry towel before leaving the warmth of the bathroom. He will be cold once you open the door.
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Keep warm
Your month-old puppy is just now starting to regulate his own body temperature. But he is practicing and might not be able to get warm once he’s wet and cold all the same time. This is especially true if your puppy is a small or tiny breed. Keep him wrapped and warm before returning him to his warm bedding, mother, and littermates.
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The Wipe Off Method

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Dry soft cloth
Use a dry cloth to wipe down your one-month-old puppy. This will get off any dirt or food debris not stuck in the fur.
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Warm wet cloth
Wet a soft cloth with warm water. Squeeze out any excess water and ensure the cloth is warm but not too hot.
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Wipe down face
Use the warm cloth to wipe down your puppy’s face. If he’s eating puppy kibble now, you may need to wipe his mouth and chin, especially if he has longer facial fur.
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Body
Rinse the cloth in warm water and squeeze out the excess leaving you with a soft, damp warm cloth again. Wipe down your puppy’s body.
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Dry
Use a fluffy warm towel to dry your one-month-old puppy. He is doing a better job regulating his body temperature at this point in his life, but he should not be left wet to air dry just yet. Dry him with a warm towel before taking him back to his littermates and bedding.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Even though your puppy is one month old now, he's still a little puppy. He's still quite fragile though stronger, and he's still learning to regulate his body temperature, so he needs to stay warm at all times.
  • You can submerge your puppy in a bath at about one-month-old. But consider whether or not you actually have to do this before you give him his first bath in warm bath water.
  • If you have a small breed or a tiny breed, one month might not be quite old enough for water submersion. He's still pretty tiny, so keep him warm and make good choices for him.
  • If your one-month-old puppy is still with his mother, she will probably wean him fairly soon. This means you can have him away from her more often without her worrying and without him being terrified.
  • Anytime you're getting your one-month-old puppy wet, consider warming the room first. A bathroom can be warmed by running a hot shower and steaming up the room and then going inside with your puppy with the door closed.
  • Remember to always keep your one-month-old puppy wrapped or swaddled after cleaning him before returning him to his bedding area with his mother and litter.

Conclusion

If you are the puppy parent who will be pampering your pooch quite often, remember you will have many years to do that. With brushing, grooming, pedicures, and spa treatments, you'll have lots of time to pamper your pooch. When your little guy is only a month old, take care of him and only clean him when it's absolutely necessary.

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zeus
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zeus
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8 Weeks

is it to soon to have him groom

Darlene Stott
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Hi Debra, congrats on your puppy! The most important thing to consider when taking Zeus to the groomer for the first time is his vaccines. Check with your veterinarian to make sure that they are all up to date before you go. The groomer should be introduced to your puppy for the first time around 8 to 10 weeks of age, although the first visit will be very brief. It's really just a "get to know you" kind of visit. The next visit will be about 2 weeks later and will involve a basic groom and a trim of the nail tips. Then, a few weeks later a full session of grooming can take place as Zeus will be comfortable with the groomer and will look forward to the hugs and treats!

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Blue
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Can I bath my puppy in Joy or what should I use?

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Hi Tonja, Blue is adorable! Being such a young pup, I wouldn't think that he would need a full bath just yet. If you are wanting to get him used to the tub, just add a tiny bit of warm water and let him get used the sensation and the environment. Gently pour the water over his body using a plastic cup. Be sure to keep him warm, though and snuggle him in a towel directly afterward. I do not recommend using Joy on a dog of any age; go to a reputable pet supply store and inquire about a mild shampoo specifically for dogs. You can also go to your veterinarian clinic. They will have products that will be safe for use on little Blue. Enjoy your cute puppy!

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Whisky
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My puppy is 45 days old. I spotted 2 ticks on him. Can I wash him with dry shampoo? Or what else can I do?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
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Hello, I would take Whisky to the vet right away. The vet can safely remove the ticks and make sure that all pieces are gone and none are left behind under the skin. The vet can identify the ticks to confirm if the ticks carry disease. Whisky will feel better once the ticks are removed. It is the safest way! And do not use any products on Whisky - he is too young. Please contact the vet. All the best!

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am i allow to shower my dog without using a towel just using my hands and stuff ?

Darlene Stott
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Hello and thank you for the question. Because Melo is so young, I would recommend pet wipes to start. Melo can't be that dirty already - and bathing Huskies often is not necessary. When older, showering your dog on the occasion should be fine as long as Melo is not frightened. Sometimes a bath is less intimidating. In either case but especially in the shower, be careful not to get the dog shampoo in the eyes. (Use a vet-approved dog shampoo.) Always towel dry thoroughly. Good luck and have fun with your puppy!

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Buchanan
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1 Month

Bucky fell asleep in his stool, and I wanted to shower him but I don’t want him to get sick. Does the towel cleaning method work in this situation?

Darlene Stott
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What an adorable pup! Thank you for the picture. Yes, the towel method works and is probably preferable so that Bucky doesn't catch a chill. It's very important, as you know, to towel dry your dog thoroughly to avoid a chill. I agree that he is too young for the shower just yet, so using a wet cloth and a towel (doing so in a warm and cozy room) is best. Good luck and enjoy your little pup!

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Simba is not with his mother anymore and has been with us for 3 days. His poop turned green with a little blood, indicating a bacterial infection in the stomach.
I think I should rinse his fur and body with water to clean him and make him feel better
Any advice??

Darlene Stott
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Hello, Simba is very young as you know. I wouldn't wait - I would call the veterinarian to have him checked. When pups are so young they can become seriously ill quickly, turning into an emergency situation. I am not a vet, so please call them. I'm not sure that Simba is old enough to be weaned from his mother's milk and that may be the problem. Don't delay and all the best to little Simba!

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