Bathing a Bichon Puppy's Face

Your bichon puppy’s beautiful white coat will only stay that way if you give him a regular monthly bath. And even though he may not like it much at first, it is important you clean his face to help prevent tear staining.

Items you will need

  • Whitening shampoo
  • Water
  • Squirt bottle

Step 1

Set your small bichon in the sink. Make sure you keep an eye on her the entire time so she doesn't jump out.

Step 2

Insert cotton balls or wadding into your puppy's ears to keep water out. Cup your hand and fill it with lukewarm water. Gently pour water on your bichon puppy’s face. Wet her entire face and make sure you don't get any water in her eyes or ears.

Step 3

Mix a puppy-safe whitening shampoo in a squirt bottle with water and dilute it. Generally, a mixture of one part shampoo to eight parts water works well. Whitening shampoo helps keep your pooch’s face looking clean and bright.

Step 4

Rub the shampoo mixture in your hands until a lather forms. Gently spread the lather on your bichon’s face, avoiding the eyes.

Step 5

Rinse your pup’s face with lukewarm water the same way you wet it. Make sure you remove all of the shampoo. Since bichons tend to have sensitive skin, leaving shampoo on there may cause them to itch.

Step 6

Pat her face dry with a clean towel. Don't rub her hair since a bichon has long fur. Rubbing may cause it to tangle or mat. Remove the cotton balls from her ears.


  • Don't use shampoo for people on your puppy. It doesn't not have the correct pH balance.

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