How to Clean a Puppy's Bottom

Easy
5 - 15 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

Puppies take a few weeks to learn how to clean their bottoms or how to walk away without getting messy after going potty. 

And even though your puppy starts to learn potty training and separating his potty area from his play or sleep areas while still with his mother, he may not pause long enough to pay attention to his bottom. Puppies with shorter fur tend not to have to worry about this at all, while puppies who have longer fur may have to deal with this issue for some time to come. While your puppy is still learning and potty training, you may need to consider cleaning his bottom for him, so you are sure he’s both beautiful and sanitary.

Dog's Perspective

Getting your puppy to slow down enough to clean his bottom might become a challenge as your little guy is probably incredibly high-energy. Some pups with long fur may need some assistance more often because matted fur could cause tender spots on the skin.

The Wet Wipes Method

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Prepare
Prepare your space with a package of wet wipes outside or near your door so you can clean your puppy's bottom as soon as he’s finished using the potty.
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Potty time
Wait until your puppy goes potty and wipe him before letting him back inside.
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Tail up
Position your puppy so you can hold his tail up. If he is tall enough you may be able to stretch his front legs up to a chair seat so you can reach his bottom while holding his tail out.
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Wet wipe
Use a wet wipe to wipe down from his tail towards the floor. Be sure to wipe the bottom side of his tail as well.
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Every time
Each time your pup goes potty, get him used to standing in a position with his tail up so you can wipe him once he’s done.
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The Bath Method

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Set up bath
Prepare a bath for your puppy. If he doesn’t need to be washed all over, you don’t need to fill the bath or sink all the way, just fill what you need to get his bottom clean.
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Treat
Place treats along the outside of the tub or sink so your dog faces away from you to eat these while you clean his bottom. You can also smear peanut butter along that side of the tub or sink to keep your puppy occupied.
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Clean
Using dog shampoo or puppy wash on a sudsy washcloth, clean your puppy’s bottom thoroughly. Use small circles to remove any poo or debris.
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Rinse
Once you have finished cleaning your puppy, rinse the shampoo off well. Leaving shampoo on the skin to dry could cause itching.
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Dry
Be sure to dry your puppy well with a towel. Be cautious as you help him out of the bathtub or sink. A wet puppy can be slippery, and he might be excited.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Fluffy puppies might require a wipe each time they go potty. If you get into this habit now, it might be easier for you both as your dog ages.
  • While cleaning your pup’s bottom, be sure to lift his tail too. Poop can get stuck under the tail and on the bottom side of the tail. A clean bottom won’t matter as much if the tail isn’t clean as well. 
  • A dirty bottom might be dry, irritated, or itchy. If you see your puppy scooting along the grass or carpet, you can bet his bottom is itchy and irritated. This could be because of a bottom that needs to be cleaned.
  • If poop builds up on your dog’s skin, it could potentially block passage making pooping difficult or impossible. This can become a serious medical condition rather quickly, making hiney cleaning a necessity.
  • If poop has dried on your puppy’s bottom, you’ll need a wet washcloth and some mild soap or dog shampoo to remove it.
  • Soaking the fur by having your puppy sit in warm water might help loosen any dried spots.
  • Keeping wet wipes on hand for wiping after potty times will help keep your pup’s bottom clean.

Conclusion

Nobody likes a dirty puppy, especially a dirty puppy with a stinky bottom. Keep your pup's bottom clean on a regular basis by wiping his hiney after he goes potty and keeping him clean with warm baths. Don't force your puppy into the doghouse just because he doesn't smell the best. Get his bottom clean so he can be right where he belongs - on your lap.

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