How to Clean a 6 Week Old Puppy

Easy
10 - 30 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

If your 6-week old puppy is dirty or stinky after living six weeks with his litter mates, it might be time to give him a bath. At six weeks old, he is regulating his body temperature quite well and can handle being submerged in a warm bath. If your puppy only needs some spot cleaning, consider just wiping him down with a warm washcloth or dog wipes. But if he needs a full bath, it is safe at this point to give him a warm bath using oatmeal shampoo or tear-free puppy shampoo. If the weather is cool and your home's heat is on, be sure you are drying him well before you set him free to run around or to be with his litter mates again. 

Dog's Perspective

If your 6-week old puppy is taking his first bath, he might be nervous. You can warm up the bathroom by running hot water and keeping the door closed before bringing him in. Be sure to fill up the tub or the sink with warm water before introducing your puppy to the bath--the sound of running water may scare your little guy. So, be prepared with your bath before you bring the puppy into the bathroom. Keep the door closed and wrap him up tight while you dry him once he's nice and clean. At six weeks old, you can also give him a treat to reward him for good behavior.

The Bath in Tub Method

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Prepare space
Gather everything you need to bathe your six-week-old puppy. You’ll need puppy shampoo, two towels, a brush, and a cup or hand sprayer for rinsing. Place one towel in the bottom of the bathtub to keep your puppy safe. A slip in the tub could cause an injury.
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Brush
Start by brushing your pup before his bath. This will help remove any knots or tangles before bathing.
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Add water
Fill the tub with warm water and close the door to keep the bathroom warm and toasty. You’ll need to keep your puppy warm.
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Wash
With your six-week-old puppy in the warm water, begin to wash him with a small amount of puppy shampoo, washing small areas at a time in circular motions. Do not use the shampoo on your puppy’s face. A cloth with warm water can be used to wipe down his face without any shampoo.
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Rinse
Use a cup or a hand help sprayer to give your puppy a clean water rinse. Be sure the running water is warm and not too hot or cold. Your puppy might be startled by the sound of running water. Try to spray or pour the clean water as close to his skin as you can to avoid splash back.
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Dry
Use a fresh clean towel to dry your puppy. He’s going to need to be dry as quickly as possible in order to stay warm.
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The Waterless Bath Method

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Dry shampoo
Purchase a dry puppy shampoo from your local pet store or your veterinarian. If your six-week-old puppy is smelly but not necessarily dirty, a mixture of cornstarch and baking soda work great together to get out odors. Brush the dry shampoo through your six-week-old puppy’s coat and let it set. If there is excess, you can rub it out with a dry towel.
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Waterless foam
Foam shampoos can be purchased at your local pet store as well. To use a foam waterless shampoo, you will apply the product onto your hands and rub it through your puppy’s coat. Once the waterless shampoo dries, brush your puppy’s coat well.
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Puppy wipes
Puppy wipes are great for cleaning small areas. You can wipe down your puppy’s dirty potty areas and toss the wipes once you are done. Puppy wipes can also be used on your puppy’s face and body.
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Spray bottle
Fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar. Spritz your six-week-old puppy only on the areas he needs to be cleaned. Use a soft cloth to rub the area with small circular motions to clean him.
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Baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda on your puppy’s fur and brush it through. This will give your six-week-old puppy a clean scent without the need for a wet bath. If there are visible dirty areas on your six-week-old puppy, wet down these areas with water, making a baking soda paste. Brush out once it's dry.
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Caution & Considerations

  • You should know cleaning your puppy with shampoo and warm water too often could try out his skin.
  • At 6 weeks old, your puppy is doing a good job of regulating his body's temperature but you will still want to make sure he is nice and dry before setting him free to play.
  • Do not use a flea and tick shampoo on your 6-week-old puppy just yet.
  • Many puppy shampoos are tear-free, making washing his face for the first time much easier on you both.
  • Oatmeal shampoos are safe and healthy for your 6-week old puppy's skin. You can buy these in stores or you can even make your own oatmeal shampoo at home.
  • Your 6-week old puppy is becoming a rough-and-tumble pup and will be getting dirtier more often.
  • Before deciding to give your 6-week old puppy an entire bath, consider whether or not a spot clean, dry bath, or a warm washcloth wipe down is more appropriate.
  • There may be spots, such as your puppy's potty area, which may need to be cleaned more often than the rest of your puppy.
  • If you are going to bathe your puppy in a sink or a bathtub with water, be sure to place a towel or non-slip surface at the bottom so your pup does not slip and slide.

Conclusion

Keep your six-week-old puppy looking pawsitively perfect with a clean wipe down or gentle bath. This might be the first op-paw-tunity to bathe your new puppy, but think first before soaking him in a tub of water. He'll need to stay warm while getting clean. Stay out of the doghouse and give him a quick warm bath before drying to keep him a happy pampered pooch.

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