How to Condition a Dog's Skin

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
2 Weeks

Introduction

If your dog has dry, flaky skin, he might be miserable--scratching often, whining, and in pain. His coat could also be dry as a result of unhealthy skin. Conditioning your pup’s skin could help remedy a bad skin issue. But more than a remedy, a deep skin conditioning can ease the discomfort of dry skin. Conditioning your dog’s skin helps to restore natural oils relieving itchy skin and giving the coat an opportunity to become healthy and beautiful. A healthy conditioning on your dog’s skin can also create a healthy coat with a soft sheen.

Dog's Perspective

If your dog has dry, itchy skin, he’s not very comfortable. Taking a bath might not be top on his list of fun things to do because he skin probably hurts. Water too warm will cause more dryness and sting or burn his skin. Be gentle and consider treats for rewards as you condition his skin. 

The Conditioning Oils Method

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Prepare
Prepare a bowl of coconut oil and olive oil with a 3:1 ratio. Mix the two ingredients together thoroughly. You can also add other ingredients for your dog’s skin or to calm any anxieties he may have such as lavender oil.
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Brush
Brush your dog’s coat thoroughly, focusing on getting rid of any tangles.
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Condition
Apply the coconut oil mixture onto your dog’s skin. You can apply to the coat as well, but try to get through to the skin. You can condition small areas or your entire dog.
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Leave in
Let the coconut oil sit on your dog’s skin for at least ten minutes. The mixture will work to kill bacteria causing skin problems and soothe the skin.
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Ten minutes
Try to keep your dog entertained with massage and conversation. You can also give him a treat or two or even a new chew toy to keep him happy and entertained while the coconut oil is setting into his skin.
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Rinse
Massaging your dog’s skin, rinse the coconut oil off. The coat may be a bit greasy after this treatment, but after a good rinsing and brushing, your dog’s skin should be softer. His coat will have a nice soft sheen as well.
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Brush
Brush your dog again while the fur is wet with a second brushing once the fur is dry.
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Repeat
If your dog’s skin is extremely dry or you are dealing with a persistent condition, you can do this treatment every two weeks until you see improved skin in between treatments.
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The After Bath Method

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Wash dog
Wash your dog with a natural skin and coat conditioning shampoo.
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Apple cider vinegar
Pour apple cider vinegar over your dog's wet coat and massage it into the skin. Apple cider vinegar will help bring back a healthy pH, balance soothing the skin and creating an environment for healing.
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3
Sit
Let the apple cider vinegar sit on your dog’s coat for about ten minutes.
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4
Condition
Apply a dog conditioner or coconut oil to your dog’s coat, working it down to the skin.
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5
Rinse
Rinse the apple cider vinegar and conditioner off your dog’s skin and coat.
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Brush out
Brush your dog’s coat. Let him dry. You should notice a visible difference in your dog’s skin. After you brush, be sure to give your pup a tasty treat to reward him.
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Treatment
You can treat your dog’s skin this way every week or every month. If you do not see vast improvement, treat his skin every few days until the pH balance is restored and his skin is healing. Then continue with the treatment once a month to maintain.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Consider natural ways to keep your dog’s skin conditioned.
  • Healthy supple skin creates a base for a healthy, shiny coat.
  • You can whip up great skin conditioners in your kitchen or purchase conditioners in your local pet store.
  • If your dog’s skin becomes dryer after bathing, consider the shampoo you are using and look at options with better softening and conditioning agents.
  • You do not need to use a dog shampoo each time you bathe your dog.
  • Natural baths can level the pH of your dog’s skin leaving the skin soft and supple.
  • Coconut oil is a bacteria-fighting oil, so if your dog’s skin condition is bacterial based, coconut oil can help soothe painful areas as well as kill bacteria that is causing itchy skin.
  • Mixing coconut oil with other ingredients such as honey makes a great skin conditioner as well as a wash for your dog’s skin and coat.
  • If you make a homemade conditioner, only make what you need for each treatment. Keeping natural products without preservatives is not a good idea since bacteria may begin to grow in the product. Because these are natural ingredients, just mix them for each skin conditioning session you have.

Conclusion

Pamper your pup with a skin conditioning treatment. Soothe his skin and begin the healing process using all natural products that are good for his skin and his overall well being. Your pampered pooch will feel better and look beautiful.

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