BATHING AND GENERAL CARE
How often you bathe your puppy is up to you. At any event, it is not a difficult task.
I usually use the kitchen sink. The spray device on the faucet is a great help. Any of the many pet shampoos available can be used. I like the “natural” types, such as those containing oatmeal, aloe vera, etc. I also use a nylon tulle scrubbie on the hairless. Just remember to rinse, rinse, rinse… to make sure you remove any trace of shampoo.
If you are bathing a powderpuff, you may wish to add a pet cream rinse after the shampoo. With hairless after the shampoo, I suggest a rub down with glycerin to prevent their skin from becoming too dry.
A good towel dry is usually sufficient. However, you can blow dry especially the powderpuff with your hair dryer if you choose.
A powderpuff does not require any more bathing than a hairless if you keep their coat clean. A once a week run through with a comb or brush is usually enough to keep the coat in good order. If there are any tangles or mats, be sure to remove them before you bathe.
NOTE: for hairless owners. Remember that without hair, they will sunburn just like you or I would if exposed. Do be careful if your pup has not been outside a great deal. The converse, be careful of over exposure in cold weather. Here’s a great opportunity for some fun “dressing” your pup. Don’t let this warning turn your pup into a “couch potato”. They love to romp and play – outside!
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