How to Clean Puppy Fur

10 - 15 Minutes
1 Month


Puppies are notorious for getting into the messiest of messes when you turn your back. Knowing how to keep your wiggly puppy as clean as possible until she can leap right back into the thick of another mud puddle is important for her health and hygiene, even if it can be a bit of a pain. Thankfully, cleaning your puppy doesn’t have to be too big of a hassle, as there are a few different ways you can get it done! Whether you’re going for a quick clean or a full-on bath, cleaning puppy fur will likely be much easier than your grooming regimen once she’s a full-fledged adult.

Dog's Perspective

Your puppy may or may not have had her first bath before, and that’s okay. Sometimes that means that the water can be a little scary or uncomfortable, but most puppies will get through the ordeal with enough affection, treats, and verbal praise to make it seem not so bad. Expect some apprehension, unless your puppy is overly fond of bath time.

Caution & Considerations

  • Your puppy may need more than just a basic cleaning if she has an excessive amount of dirt, debris, or matting in her fur. If necessary, consider giving her a trim in some of the areas that need it.
  • If this is your puppy’s first bath, have some toys or treats on hand to keep her calm and distracted while you get the cleaning done. This can also help establish some good associations with the bathing process.
  • Try to save baths for when your puppy absolutely needs them. Too many baths can get rid of the oils in her fur and can cause dry skin or other issues with the fur.
  • Keeping a bit of the mixture of cornstarch and baking soda may come in handy for quick cleaning later on.
  • Make sure to use the right types of brush for your puppy’s fur type. Thicker fur may need a brush that is meant to loosen tangles, while shorter fur may just need a basic pin brush. 
  • Bathing should be relatively quick to prevent your puppy from getting overwhelmed, stressed, or too restless. 
  • Puppies will get excited once the bath is over, so make sure your puppy is dried thoroughly to prevent slipping and falling.


Every puppy needs the occasional bath or cleaning in order to keep their fur healthy and looking great. Whether you decide to do a quick dry clean or a full-on bath, remember to cater your cleaning solution to your puppy's fur needs. As long as you consider what is best for her, she will be happy to get through your cleaning routine and get right back to being playful and curious.

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