Whether or not they fully appreciate it, puppies do occasionally need cleaning and grooming just like any other dog, especially if puppy antics get them into messes here and there. Of course, not every puppy is ready to be groomed. Your puppy may be scared or nervous about being given a bath or a brushing and this can lead to some aggressive tendencies like biting or growling. Cleaning these types of puppies isn’t easy, but with some work, patience, and a little bit of management, you can make bath time much easier without risking injury to either yourself or your puppy.
Bath time and everything involved can be scary for your puppy, especially if it’s an event he’s never experienced before. Bathrooms can make things echo and water can be intimidating. A growl or a bite can be your puppy’s way of telling you that he’s too stressed out and wants everything to stop.
Your puppy will get dirty, as all dogs do. But if he’s more likely to nip or bite rather than let you calmly bathe him, there are still ways to get him through the process without too much stress. Maintain a routine if possible and remember that your puppy is still growing, learning, and experiencing many things for the first time. A little bit of patience and resolve will go a long way in ensuring that he does not develop a lifelong fear of being groomed.