How to Clean a 7 Week Old Puppy

10 - 25 Minutes
4 Weeks


Your puppy is seven weeks old! For some, this could mean he’s new to your home and is discovering his role as your new best friend. For others, the puppy might still be with his mother and littermates waiting for his forever home. Either way, if he’s managed to get into a mess of trouble and get dirty, it might be time for a bath. If he’s not filthy, a good wipe down to return that sweet puppy smell to his cute fuzzy face might be necessary. At seven weeks, your puppy is old enough to take a bath. He is able to regulate his body temperature better than he has in the past. But if a bath isn’t necessary, you might want to consider waiting a bit longer before submerging him. 

Dog's Perspective

Your puppy is excited and a little troublemaker. He can get into anything from trash to his own poop to get dirty. Keep an eye on him at all times to ensure he is safe, especially around water. He might be eager to get clean or he may not sit still long enough to let you clean him. Treats will help get his attention and keep him focused. 

Caution & Considerations

  • If you must bathe your 7-week-old puppy in a tub or sink, be sure to use a mild puppy shampoo or only water. Your little guy is still too young for adult dog shampoo.
  • If you use a puppy shampoo, use a tearless shampoo and avoid his eyes.
  • Cotton balls just inside your little guy’s ears will help keep water out of his ears.
  • Be sure to test the water before placing your puppy in the bath. It shouldn’t be too warm, and a bath too cold for your puppy could give him chills.
  • A wet washcloth dipped in warm water will work well for cleaning most puppies.
  • If you clean your pup with a washcloth, always start with his face and then move to clean the rest of his body. Doing so will keep his face free of bacteria found elsewhere.
  • Do not use flea or tick shampoos or human shampoos on your puppy.
  • If your puppy has a flea or tick problem, talk to your veterinarian.
  • If you decide to bathe your pup, be sure to protect him with a non-slip surface such as a towel placed at the bottom of the tub.


Your fluffball is sweet, cute, and curious. This might mean he gets dirty all too often. But at his age, he doesn't need a bath every week. If you can avoid giving him a bath, a good wipe down just might be enough. Be sure you are keeping a close eye on your little guy as he explores the world, mud puddles and all.

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