Trying to figure out how to take care of your dog’s fur? This article will tell you everything you need to know, from the proper brush to use, the best shampoo for dogs, and even shedding solutions. Let’s get started!
The Right Scissors, Clippers, and Shampoo
When it comes to taking care of your dog’s fur, you need the right tools for the job. After all, if you don’t have the right equipment, how are you supposed to do a good job?
First, you’ll need a pair of scissors for your dog or grooming clippers that you can find at
and then a good dog shampoo (aka canine shampoo, pet shampoo, dog soap).
If you want to make it easy for yourself, buy a shampoo that says “specially formulated” – this means the shampoo is made specifically for dogs and can hold up better against their strong skin and fur.
Also, make sure you choose a gentle shampoo that won’t irritate your dog’s skin or eyes! Look for hypoallergenic or oatmeal shampoos if your dog has sensitive skin.
Just know that even the most gentle of soaps will probably be irritating to their skin – no matter what you do, it’s going to sting a little bit.
How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?
Whether it’s a full bath or just a quick wipe-down, we all know how important it is to wash your dog every once in a while. Bathe no more than once per month.
Allowing your dog’s natural oils to coat their body ensures they get the hydration they need to stay healthy – more than once a month can make them too oily and cause dryness. Another important tip is to bathe as needed.
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This is different from “no more than once per month.” If your dog has been rolling in some mud or had some accidents, it needs to be washed as soon as possible. Soak, scrub, and shampoo as needed.
Now, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. This is the most important step of all, so don’t ever forget it! When you’re done scrubbing your dog’s fur, make sure you get every last bit of shampoo out.
Put them in the tub again if they’re still dirty; only when the water runs clear should you allow them to exit.
How to Dry Your Dog off after Bathing
What good does washing your dog do if you can’t properly dry their coat? Shampooing leaves them oily and slick (which isn’t great), but letting water sit on their skin will leave them damp for hours.
Start with a towel and use a large, absorbent towel to remove some of the moisture from your dog’s fur. Put it around them like you’re putting on a cape – use both hands to rub down their back and sides with it, working through their fur.
When they’re damp or “squeaky clean,” move on. Then, use a hairdryer (on low). If you don’t have access to towels nearby, put your pup in front of a fan while using your hairdryer on low-heat / no-heat.
Don’t aim for their face or sensitive areas! You’ll probably want someone else there helping you while you do this part. Make sure the air is moving past but not at your pup, and keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from their fur.
Lastly, let them air dry. When you’re done with the hairdryer, put your pooch in front of a fan or in their crate to let them naturally air-dry for 10 minutes or so. They should be mostly dry by then – if not, it’s time to get back to work!
What About Shedding?
Does shedding ever end? It can feel that way sometimes! Unfortunately, there are very few ways to get rid of the extra fur that seems to come out forever…or are there?
The first thing is to brush every day. This might seem like an obvious tip, but it’s the easiest way to reduce shedding.
Get a brush that works for your puppy’s fur type, and start brushing. You can also use dog combs or even human hair combs if you don’t have anything else available! Also, if needed, use an undercoat rake.
These are great tools for removing loose fur from your dog’s undercoat. If they’re shedding, make sure you’re using this tool at least once every other day to get lots of loose, dead fur out of their coat.
This will eliminate excess shedding and help them look nice – just remember that keeping control of the fur is more important than getting rid of it altogether.
Taking care of your dog’s fur isn’t a difficult task. With the right tools and some time, you can make sure they look their best without spending lots of money or keeping a huge grooming kit at home!