How often you should bathe your dog, particularly during the dry, winter months depends on a number of factors. The most important thing is to pay special attention not only to your pet’s coat, but his/her skin.
If you use a high quality shampoo and conditioner (we will be happy to give you suggestions for the right product for your pet’s skin and coat), you can bathe your dog every three to four days if you wish. However, after bathing your dog, it is crucial to brush and comb the coat out completely to the skin, as it will cause mats to form if the coat is just allowed to dry with out doing so.
It is important to maintain the ph level for the skin and the oils in the coat. In the winter time, they have a tendency to get dry, itchy skin—just as we do. The difference is that they cannot apply lotion. Everything is internal to external with your pet, so adding a good quality supplemental oil to their diet can be very beneficial in helping with a dry skin/dull coat.
There are many great products on the market such as “Halo Dream Coat,” “Linatone” and “Lipaderm.” You can also just drizzle a small amount of olive oil on their food as well. It is important to remember to do this in very small amounts, as you definitely do not want want to cause a laxative effect by giving them to much.
An additional note: in the winter time it is also helpful to have a humidifier running to provide additional moisture to the air, which is both helpful to both pet and you!