How to Clean a Puppy's Privates

Easy
5 - 10 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

A clean body is a healthy body. This goes for any of your dog’s body parts, including his privates. His sanitary area should be kept rather clean to avoid infections or discomfort when going potty. Whether you’re waiting for bathtime or cleaning outside of bathtime, your dog’s private areas will need to be cleaned on a regular basis or when they are especially dirty.

Many owners notice their dogs self-clean their genitals, but there will be times you may need to clean them yourself. Female dogs in heat might require a gentle wipe, and male dogs might require a cleaning every so often as well, but mostly due to playtime dirt and not for health or sanitary reasons.

Dog's Perspective

Your puppy probably doesn’t care a whole lot about how clean the sanitary areas are. He just wants to play and eat and sleep and take care of his necessities such as going potty. Just like for bathing or other grooming tasks, you might need to wrangle him down to get him clean but he’ll be happy once it’s all done.

The Male Method

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Shampoo
Towel
Step
1
Penis
Be sure you are aware of what your dog’s penis looks like normally. It shouldn’t show often but might appear when he’s anxious or has pent-up energy. If it is showing, it should be pink without discharge. When not showing, it should be hidden in the prepuce, which is the area covered with skin and fur.
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2
Bath
While your pup is in the bath, soap up his tummy and clean his privates with dog shampoo the same way you clean the rest of his body. Some owners use gloves for this job, but others are fine washing their hands after the bath. This cleaning should be simple and short like all other parts of his body.
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3
Bottom
Be sure you are wiping his bottom as well. Poop stuck in his fur could cause pulling and tenderness. Poo left on his skin could cause dryness and itching.
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4
Rinse
Along with the rest of his body during a bath, once you are done washing, be sure to rinse off the dog shampoo well. Allowing soap to dry on your puppy’s skin could cause itching.
Step
5
Simple wipe
If your dog doesn’t need a full on bath, you can use a washcloth or wet wipe to get your puppy’s privates clean. Be sure to clean both the genitals and the backside. Always wipe from front to back to avoid spreading bacteria to the genitals.
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6
Trim
Male puppies might benefit from a short trim of the fur on the tip if the prepuce sheathing the penis. If left long, this fur typically contains a drop or two of urine until it’s wiped clean. Unfortunately, this drop or two often ends up on carpet, furniture, or even the dog’s humans.
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The Female Method

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Shampoo
Towel
Step
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Bathe
While bathing your puppy, suds up the tummy and genitals. Scrub in small circles to get the sanitary area clean, as you do with the rest of her body.
Step
2
Backside
Be sure to clean the backside of her body as well She will be uncomfortable if poop is left on her skin. If her fur is long, dried poop can become a bigger issue, so always get this back area clean during each bath. A mild dog shampoo and a bit of gentle scrubbing will do the trick.
Step
3
Good rinsing
Be sure to always use a fresh water rinse when cleaning your puppy’s privates. Dried soap or shampoo can cause irritation.
Step
4
During heat
Your puppy will go into her first heat within her first year. Her size and breed will be factors in determining when to expect her first heat. Some owners avoid cleaning the pup during a heat cycle, but you should know this can be quite messy. Pads, much like diapers, can help control any mess. Also, a gentle wipe of the genital area will also keep her clean. She make lick the area often as well.
Step
5
Wet wipes
Whether she is in heat or not, if she needs a quick wipe, a wet washcloth or wet wipe for dogs will work wonders. She will lick her privates clean when she knows they need to be cleaned, but if you’d like to wipe her after going potty, a wet wipe is an easy and efficient way to keep her clean from front to back.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Your puppy will do much of his or her cleaning on their own.
  • Excessive licking could signify an issue or irritation.
  • Dried urine or dried poop on the skin or in the fur could cause matting and skin irritation.
  • Keeping your puppy’s privates clean can help keep this area free of irritation and dry, itchy skin.
  • Be sure you are familiar with what your dog’s privates should look like.
  • A male dog may have normal discharge. You might want to clean the area during these times, but try not to worry too much about the discharge if it is a small amount and not often. Typically your little guy will clean his privates when this happens before you even realize it’s happening.  
  • Your female puppy might go into heat at an early age. She’ll lick her genitals often to keep them clean.
  • Consider wipe her and keeping her crated or covered to avoid getting mess all over your house.
  • While bathing or trimming, be sure to check your puppy’s backside for dried poop. You’ll want to keep this area trimmed to avoid poop getting stuck in your pup’s fur.

Conclusion

You’ll want to keep your puppy’s privates your business so they can stay clean and healthy. Your puppy may clean and maintain them all alone, but a healthy dog is one who trusts his owner to care for this as well. Pay attention to any odd signs of trouble and clean as usual.

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Grooming Questions & Answers

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Sheila
pit bull terrier
5 Years
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Sheila
pit bull terrier
5 Years

Hi my dogs genital areas look dirty. It looks like she has dirt in the pores. I have tried a warm washcloth, but I am not very sure how to clean it and help her out. I don’t want to hurt her.

Paige Thompson
Paige Thompson
Dog Groomer
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Hi Leah! It doesnt sound like Sheila is dirty, if the warm wash cloth isnt helping. Many dogs get discoloration on the underside of their body. Its especially noticeable in these areas because of the thin fur. If you think its a cause for concern you should ask your veterinarian during her next exam. Thanks and good luck! Paige

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