- Oily-coated dogs, such as Basset Hounds, may need to be bathed as often as once a week.
- Many short-haired, soft-coated breeds, such as beagles and weimaraners, are fine with less frequent bathing. Shorthair Basijis are very demanding in terms of grooming and rarely need baths.
- Breeds with hydrophobic coats, such as Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees, need to be bathed less frequently to preserve their natural oils.
- Dogs with thick, double coats, such as Samoyeds, Malamutes and other northern breeds, benefit from fewer baths and more brushing (this helps remove dead hair and distribute the natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy).
A good general recommendation is once a month. You may be tempted to wash your dog every week, but this could make his coat dull because you’re stripping the oils too often.
If you have an alternative, use natural products that do not cause skin irritation. For a shinier coat, use a moisturizing dog shampoo followed by a natural conditioner (conditioners containing vitamin E are soothing to the skin and coat).
6- Soothe dry, itchy skin with an oatmeal bath.
Skin problems can be the cause of a dull coat, as they cause excessive itching and irritate the skin. To soothe irritated skin, try an oatmeal bath, as it can help soothe the skin, tame itching and contains vitamin E, which makes the coat soft and shiny.
Grind as much oatmeal as you like in your blender/food processor until you have a flour consistency, then fill your sink or a bathtub with warm water, add the powder and stir until the water becomes cloudy. Put your dog in the tub, pour the mixture over his back and head, and let him soak for ten minutes (or if your dog doesn’t like baths, five minutes will do). Finally, rinse him off, dry him and enjoy the softness of his beautiful coat.
7- Ask your veterinarian for advice
If your dog has persistent flaky, itchy skin, it may be time to consult your veterinarian.
There are many medical problems that can affect the overall health of your dog’s coat. Parasites (such as roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms), fleas and ticks, infections and kidney or thyroid disease can deprive your dog of important nutrients for a healthy coat. A sign of flea, fungus or bacterial infection may be a strong foul or musky odor in the dry coat, even after bathing your dog.
A chronically unhealthy coat can also be an emotional problem, such as stress or anxiety.