Bathing a Beagle Puppy

Giving your puppy a bath for the first time can seem a little scary, and it doesn’t help that they move, jump and mess around the whole time. So start prepared with everything within hands-reach so you don’t have to leave your pup unsupervised. In this article I will show you exactly what you need to give your Beagle a bath and exact steps to do it.

How to Give your Puppy a Bath

Well that time has come, your Beagle puppy just reeks of a wet dog, he is dirty and muddy and you’re scared of him going anywhere near your furniture. Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy to give your puppy a bath and I’m going to show you how. First let’s prepare everything we need for a bath.

What You Will Need

  • Dog shampoo
  • Brush
  • Scrub
  • Towel
  • Leash and collar (if you’re doing this outside)
  • Couple of clean cotton balls

Preparation before the Bath

The first thing you should do is brush down your Beagle completely before you give him a bath. This will get rid of some of the dirt and loose hair which will make it a lot easier for you to wash him. It might take an extra 5 minutes, but in the end it’s totally worth it.

After you have brushed him, decide where you will wash your dog. Some people do it outside in their backyard while others just wash their dogs in the bathtub at home. It’s really up to you but if you plan to wash him outside, don’t let him off the leash while wet. You don’t want him to return back to you twice as dirty as before he was given the bath.

After you picked the location, get everything ready. Your puppy will not be as patient as you would like him to be if you forget something. So if you are missing something that you need for his bath and he is already soaped up or wet, ask someone to watch the pup for you while you go get whatever it is that you need.

Bathing a Beagle Puppy

  1. So now your Beagle should be brushed, everything you need is within hands reach and you are ready to finally bathe the little rascal. Now it’s time to get started. So get your puppy in the tub and cover his ears with the cotton balls. Be careful and don’t push them in too deep, but just barely enough so they hold. The cotton balls will help prevent water from splashing into the dogs ears.
  2. The first thing you need to do is completely wet the dog. Use the showerhead or water hose to get the puppy wet. Start from his neck then to his back and work your way down his body. Leave the head for last. You want to be more careful when washing the puppy’s head to avoid shampoo in his mouth and eyes and water in his ears.
  3. Now that he is soaking wet, get his shampoo and apply generously to his back. Make sure he is nice and soapy before you go on to the next step.
  4. Time to get the scrub and start scrubbing your beagle starting at his neck. Then work your way to his back, his butt, his sides, stomach and finally legs. Use your finger tips to clean dirt from between his paw pads.
  5. Almost done! All you have left is the Beagles head and face. When you are trying to get his face wet, don’t use a hose or a showerhead. They spray too much and can be uncomfortable for the dog. Instead use your hands for this step.
  6. After the puppy’s head is wet, rub in just a bit of shampoo starting from the top of his head and going down. Be careful around the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. You don’t want to get any shampoo into these sensitive parts.
  7. Now it’s time to finish up the bath with a good rinse. Start from the top work your way down your Beagles body washing off any of the soap. It’s very important to rinse his coat thoroughly so take your time with this if you need to.
  8. That’s it! Your Beagle should smell great and look clean (but mostly wet). Just grab a nice big fluffy towel and dry the puppy.

Additional Advice

Q: When can I give my Beagle puppy a Bath?

A: You can bathe your puppy as young as 3-4 months if needed. However you have to dry him off really well and you can’t let him run around in a cold environment. Otherwise your puppy can get really sick at such a young age.


Q: Is (*Insert Brand Name*) Shampoo good for a Beagle?

A: The brand barely matters to be honest. As long as the shampoo is safe for dogs and smells good, it should be fine. Some companies make different mixes for different dog fur. So try to get one that matches your Beagle.


Q: Is it better to bathe my Beagle puppy often?

A: No it actually is a bad thing. Dogs have special oils in their skin that get washed off with frequent baths. So try to hold off on the bath unless it’s really necessary. Otherwise give him a bath with just water and no shampoo.

Next Article: Beagle Shedding and Fur Loss

About the Author

Sharon Becker is known for her love of the Beagle dog breed. She has been training her dogs for over 4 years and continues to help dog owners with behavior and trick training. Over the years her experience and dedication to her dogs has motivated her to participate in dog show and training competitions and even win several podium places. You can learn more about Sharon Becker by visiting her website

One Response to Bathing a Beagle Puppy

  1. Rythem says:

    Should I give my beagle a bath twice, thrice a week?

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