Don’t Over or Under Bathe
A regular bath can help your dog’s coat stay healthy in between grooming appointments, just make sure you’re using the right products and not overdoing it.
“The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog once every three months unless he or she spends a lot of time outside, has skin problems or gets dirty,” Hance says. “Be careful not to bathe your pup too frequently, because doing so can strip her coat and skin of necessary oils and moisture.”
If you take your dog in regularly for professional grooming, you’ll likely only need to bathe her when she gets extra messy, he says.
As for which products to use, always use products specifically designed for dogs, Hance says.
“Most shampoos, soaps and conditioners formulated for humans can irritate your dog’s skin, making her fur look flaky and brittle,” he says.
And if you have a particularly dirty dog, use an oil-based shampoo that will not dry the coat, Morgan says. If you find yourself washing your dog more than once a week, she also recommends adding a conditioner to your bathing routine.