Shar Peis are a breed of dog known for their wrinkly appearance. While Shar Peis slowly lose their wrinkles as they grow older, Shar Pei puppies are heavily wrinkled. When bathing a Shar Pei puppy, use treats as rewards to ease the process because this breed of dog typically dislikes water.
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Things you need
- Dog shampoo
- Nonslip mat or washcloth
- Plastic cup
- Puppy treats
- Hair dryer (optional)
Place a wet wash cloth on the bottom of the sink. If you are bathing your Shar Pei puppy in the bathtub, lay a nonslip mat in the bottom.
Pick up the Shar Pei puppy and bring it to the bathing area. Speak in a calm, comforting tone and be patient because the prospect of a bath frightens many puppies.
Use a treat to reward your Shar Pei puppy for standing calmly in the bathtub or sink.
Turn the water on and set it to a lukewarm temperature. Never use very warm or hot water. Allow your Shar Pei puppy to get accustomed to the sound and reward it with a treat for good behaviour.
Use a plastic pitcher or cup to soak the puppy gently in water and pour a small amount of dog shampoo onto the puppy.
Use your hands to gently lather your Shar Pei puppy's fur. Wash in between the folds of your puppy's wrinkles thoroughly.
Use clean, lukewarm water to rinse your Shar Pei puppy's fur. Rinse all of the shampoo off the puppy's wrinkly skin.
Remove your Shar Pei puppy from the sink or bathtub and wrap it in a towel. Leave its head exposed.
Wash your puppy's head by pouring lukewarm water over it and using a small amount of dog shampoo to lather the area. Pour the water from behind and avoid getting water and shampoo into the puppy's eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
Use lukewarm water to rinse your Shar Pei puppy's head. If desired, use the low-heat setting of a blow dryer to dry your puppy.
Reward your Shar-Pei puppy with a treat once the bath is over.
Tips and warnings
- Never use a blow dryer on medium or high heat to dry your puppy. These temperatures can cause burns.
- Be calm and patient; getting your Shar-Pei puppy used to being bathed can take time.
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