If you introduce your Golden to a dog bath at a young age, she will enjoy it more as she gets older, or at least won’t fight you as much over it!
Never use people shampoo on dogs, as it is too harsh on their skin, and can cause dryness and possible allergies. Make sure that you do not use any type of flea shampoo on puppies younger than 12 weeks.
It does continue working when you bathe your Golden at a later time, but for it to initially go into effect, your dog’s natural oils need to be present, which is why bathing dogs is not recommended for that time frame only.
Only bathe your Golden as often as necessary. While my pups are small, I bathe them in the kitchen sink. When they outgrow the sink, then we move to the bathtub.
You can give a puppy a
bath as young as 5 weeks of age,
as long as the pup does not get chilled afterward. Make sure the house is very warm and dry your puppy thoroughly.
How to bathe a dog is actually pretty simple, once you get her into the tub!
I always have warm water already run in the bathtub, and have either a thick, folded towel or a mat in the bottom of the tub, so she doesn’t slip.
Bring your Golden into the room. If she has been taking her dog bath since puppyhood, then she should step into the tub. If not, then you’ll have to lift her into the tub.
I do not directly dump water onto my Golden’s face. I use a damp washcloth for her face without any type of shampoo on it. I start at her head and move backwards.
Make sure you do not get water into her ears. You can put cotton balls in her ears, but try not to get those wet, either, and make sure you do not push them into her ear canal. Because Goldens’ have long ears, air does not circulate well and they can get ear infections if their ears are not kept dry.
Double check inside her ears, making sure they are dry. To be on the safe side, it doesn’t hurt to use some dog ear powder. One of my Goldens had a water caused ear infection once, and believe me, it wasn’t pretty!
can be done after a bath, as the nails are softer then. Although I don’t do so at this point, as that’s enough of a workout at one time for me, and for my Golden! :)
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