There is no clearer sign of good health in a dog than having a beautiful shiny coat and the more attentive you are to their needs, the softer, silkier and shinier their coat will be. The following tips for dog coat maintenance will ensure that your dog is healthy, happy and looking fabulous.
A big part of being a good dog owner is looking out for their health and happiness at all times and there is no surer way to know that you are doing a great job than if their coat is looking fantastic
A healthy coat needs a healthy diet
Your dog’s hair is essentially made up of protein (just like human hair); however, if their diet is lacking in nutrients their body will divert protein to where they need it most – such as their muscles – leaving their coat dull, coarse and lifeless. Feeding your pooch a nutritious diet will ensure that their entire body has the nutrients it needs, including their fur, so do some research into what your dog needs and be sure to consider their age, size and breed. Dog food containing natural ingredients is always most nutritious and foods high in omega 3 fatty acids are particularly important so consider adding some salmon, sardines or tuna to their food occasionally.
Grooming is vital
Brushing your dog can help to stimulate their hair follicles and skin, promoting the production of the natural oils that give their coat that gorgeous, healthy shine. You should brush your dog at least a few times each week, because regular brushing will reduce the chance of your dog’s coat developing mats, as well as provide a great opportunity to look out for ticks, fleas, cuts or irritations. The longer your dog’s hair is the more frequently you should brush them and an occasional trip to the doggy salon can help to keep those longer locks under control.
Bathe them regularly, not obsessively
Unless your pooch is clean their coat will struggle to be at its best, though it is important not to bathe them too often because doing so can strip protective oils from their coat, leaving it looking dull. For the most part, bathing your dog once a month is sufficient. For best results, use a shampoo that is specially designed for dogs, ideally one with natural ingredients, and follow it with a gentle doggy conditioner that contains vitamin E as this will soothe their skin and have their coat looking great. For extra special occasions, put coconut oil on your dog’s coat and let it sit for a few minutes before bath time, as this will nourish their coat and skin and provide a little extra shine.
Consider the elements
Dogs that spend a lot of time outside in cold, wet conditions will naturally develop a thick, dry coat in order to protect themselves; this is especially true in breeds that were designed for harsh conditions, such as Pulis or Caucasian Shepherds. To keep their coat soft and shiny all winter long consider letting them sleep inside or add some extra warmth and protection to their kennel; otherwise, you may need to be content with a slightly less impressive coat until spring.
A big part of being a good dog owner is looking out for their health and happiness at all times and there is no surer way to know that you are doing a great job than if their coat is looking fantastic. If you need quality dog grooming products or a few healthy treats to reward your beloved pooch for their cooperation, invest in a dog box from Gus and Lou, we guarantee they will love it.