How to Clean a 1 Month Old Puppy

Easy
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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