How to Clean a Puppy’s Ears: A Fun and Easy Guide

a cute puppy about to get his ears cleaned

Hey there, puppy parents! Are you ready to learn how to clean a puppy’s ears in a fun and stress-free way? Keeping your pup’s ears clean is an essential part of maintaining their overall health and well-being. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this simple, step-by-step guide to make ear cleaning a breeze. Let’s get started!

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Why Cleaning a Puppy’s Ears Is Important

Before we dive into how to clean a puppy’s ears, let’s talk about why it’s essential. Regular ear cleaning helps to prevent infections, remove excess wax, and keep your pup’s ears smelling fresh. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to bond with your furry friend and get them accustomed to being handled. So, without further ado, let’s learn how to clean those adorable puppy ears! 
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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean a Puppy’s Ears

Follow these simple steps to keep your puppy’s ears squeaky clean and healthy:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, make sure you have the following items handy:

  • Dog-specific ear cleaning solution
  • Cotton balls or gauze
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Treats (for rewarding your pup)

For other grooming to do while cleaning your puppy’s ears, see: How to trim puppy nails

Step 2: Get Your Puppy Comfortable

cute puppy sitting next to ear cleaning solutions

Find a quiet, comfortable area where your pup can relax during the cleaning process. Offer treats and praise to create a positive association with ear cleaning.

Step 3: Examine the Ears

Before you start cleaning, take a moment to examine your puppy’s ears. Look for signs of infection or irritation, such as redness, swelling, or an unpleasant odor. If you notice any of these symptoms, consult your veterinarian before proceeding.

Step 4: Apply the Cleaning Solution

Now it’s time for the main event – learning how to clean a puppy’s ears! Gently hold your pup’s ear flap and carefully pour the cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be cautious not to insert the nozzle too far into the ear. Use just enough solution to fill the canal, but avoid overdoing it.

Step 5: Massage the Ear

After applying the solution, gently massage the base of your puppy’s ear for about 30 seconds. This will help to break up any debris or wax inside the ear canal. You’ll likely hear a squishing sound as you massage – don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal!

Step 6: Let Your Puppy Shake It Off

After massaging, release your pup’s ear and let them shake their head. This will help to loosen and expel any remaining debris from the ear canal. Just be prepared for a bit of a mess, so you might want to do this step in an easy-to-clean area!

Step 7: Wipe the Ear Clean

Using a cotton ball or gauze, gently wipe the inside of your puppy’s ear flap and the outer part of the ear canal. Be careful not to push the cotton ball too far into the ear, as this can cause damage or push debris deeper into the canal. If necessary, use tweezers to remove any visible debris that you can safely reach.

You may also want to look at How to Bath a puppy for either before or after doing an ear cleaning.

Step 8: Praise and Reward

Once you’ve finished cleaning both ears, be sure to praise your puppy and offer them a treat. This will help to reinforce the positive experience and make future ear cleanings easier.

How Often Should You Clean a Puppy’s Ears?

an owner holding a cute and happy puppy

Now that you know how to clean a puppy’s ears, you might be wondering how often you should do it. The answer depends on your pup’s breed, lifestyle, and individual needs. In general, most puppies will benefit from a monthly ear cleaning. However, some breeds with long, floppy ears or those prone to ear infections may require more frequent cleanings. See also, preventing ear infections. Consult your veterinarian for personalized recommendations.


Congratulations, you now know how to clean a puppy’s ears! By following this simple, step-by-step guide, you can keep your pup’s ears healthy, clean, and infection-free. Just remember to be gentle, patient, and consistent with your ear cleaning routine. Happy ear cleaning!

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+ How to wash a puppy
+ How to nail clip a dog
+ How to clean a dog’s teeth

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