How to Clean a Puppy After Pooping

Easy
5 - 15 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

Puppies are so sweet and gentle. They are incredibly cute and cuddly, but sometimes they can become quite a disaster. Puppies learning to take care of themselves may need a bit of assistance as they grow. If your puppy has long fur, he may end up with a poopy bottom. Before he understands his place in his new world, he may even step in his own poop a few times before he walks away from it. Cleaning him up before letting him into your house will be imperative if you would like to keep your house nice and neat.

Dog's Perspective

Poop left on your dog’s skin and in his fur can cause irritation and itching. Once your puppy poops, he is usually a pretty happy dog. He might be excited and jumping around, so your biggest challenge may be getting him to settle down long enough to clean him up.

The Wet wipes Method

Effective
0 Votes
Step
1
Position
Once your puppy has finished doing his business, you’ll have a better wipe if you can position him in a way so you can reach his hiney. To do this, put your puppy's front paws on something like a chair seat, stretching his body out so his rear is is visible and easy to reach. If your little guy is small, place him on the seat with his front paws on the top of the chair back.
Step
2
Wipe
Always wipe up and away from his other potty areas. If this is fresh poo, you might be able to get it off with one or two wipes.
Step
3
Dried
If the poop is older and has dried, it may take a few wipes and additional water or a dog shampoo to get him clean. You might consider wearing gloves for this messier wipe.
Step
4
In the fur
Gloves on your hands might make the task more pleasant for you. If the poop has dried in your dog’s fur, wet his bottom by using a wet washcloth. Try to keep your little guy in position so you have full view of his bottom. Make sure the area is clean so when he goes again, it doesn’t build up more. Consider clipping the long fur in this area to make pooping an easier task for you both.
Step
5
Prep area
Once your little guy is cleaned up and poop free, clip the fur around his bottom to keep poo from sticking in the fur the next time. You can also look at your local pet store for a leave-in conditioning spray to spray on his bottom each day. This will keep the skin soft and make wiping easier each time he goes.
Recommend grooming method?

The Quick Bath Method

Effective
0 Votes
Shampoo
Towel
Step
1
Prep
Decide if you will bathe your puppy in a sink or a bathtub. If you only need to clean his bottom, consider where he fits best and which makes it easier for you to reach his backside.
Step
2
Peanut butter
Apply peanut butter to the side of your tub or sink. This will keep your dog’s front end busy while you focus on the unpleasant task of cleaning the backside. Be sure to apply enough to keep him occupied for the entire time you are cleaning his bottom.
Step
3
Water
Fill the sink or tub with warm water but only enough for you to wet his feet and your washcloth. You do not need to fill it up to his bottom.
Step
4
Placement
Place your dog in the water facing away from you. The peanut butter should get his attention and keep him busy long enough to get him clean.
Step
5
Wet cloth
Wet your washcloth and wet his bottom. If his fur is long, you might need a fine tooth comb to comb through the tangled poopy fur.
Step
6
Clean
Use small circular motions to wipe the poop off your puppy’s bottom. Once you have cleaned as much as you can, use a comb to comb through the fur to remove any poo stuck in his fur.
Step
7
Remove and dry
Once your little guy is clean, remove him from the sink or tub and get him dry. You may want to give him a small treat at the end, but make it small because he had lots of peanut butter while in the bath.
Recommend grooming method?

Caution & Considerations

  • Consider wiping your puppy each time he poops so he’s clean each time. This way the poop won’t dry and become a bigger mess.
  • Check under his tail to ensure that is clean as well. The area on the bottom of his tail may hide poop you don’t notice just looking at his bottom.
  • Poop left on your dog’s hiney can cause itching and irritation.
  • If poo left on his skin becomes too dry, wiping might not be enough, you may need to bathe him.
  • Though a bath for poop removal may only need a small amount of water, having your puppy sit in the water can help loosen or soften to poop for easier cleaning. This soaking might assist with getting poop out of his fur as well.
  • Many rescue dogs from poor conditions are found with a condition called pseudocoprostasis, which is a condition that occurs when there is so much poop built up in the fur, the dog cannot go anymore because the area is blocked.
  • You’ll know if your puppy’s bottom needs attention outside of normal everyday wiping if he is scooting across the floor or carpet.

Conclusion

Many puppies are too busy to stop and wipe. They might need your help wiping. Others don’t care or notice they need to be wiped. Just be sure to bathe on a regular basis and pay attention to any signs your little guy might need help getting his backside clean. This will keep your house cleaner and keep him smelling fresh.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd