Bath time for your dog is probably a stressful time for both of you. Though you might end up getting soaked any way you try it, investing in better bath products for your dog can make their bath experience more soothing. Using better, more natural ingredients and bath products can also be satisfying for you, knowing you are contributing to a healthier coat and skin. To make your next doggy bath more beneficial, try incorporating the following tips:

Select the Right Shampoo

Selecting the right shampoo for your dog means the difference between a soft, manageable coat and skin, and mangled fur and itchy, dry skin, so be sure to select wisely. There are various types of dog shampoos, including, medicated options, dry shampoos, no-rinse shampoos, deodorizing shampoos, and more. To select the right one for your dog, pay attention to the type of coat and hair and what your vet recommends, then select accordingly. Experts warn you should avoid using human shampoos on pets as it can irritate their skin. Some dog owner favorites include Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo, Crown Royale Biovite OB Shampoo, and John Paul Pet Oatmeal Shampoo.

Select the Right Conditioner

Just like your own skin and hair loses natural oils following a bath, your dog's skin and coat loses those natural oils. You need to follow-up with a good conditioner to restore moisture, which will also help make brushing their coat more manageable, especially if your dog has longer hair. A good conditioner also contributes to a beautiful, healthier coat for that dog show shine. There are various dog conditioners including, odor control conditioners, medicated conditioners, 2 in 1 conditioners, conditioner sprays, and more. Ask your vet what they might recommend for your breed. You might also want to supplement their coat treatment with a herbal tonic or treat.

Follow-Up with an Essential Oil

Essential oils are good for freshening your dog as well as addressing any skin issues they may have. If you use doTERRA oils, make sure that the essential oil you choose is well-diluted and safe for dogs.

True health starts on the inside, so in addition to selecting the right bath products for your dog, you should also be sure to select a good dog food, such as organic dog food, which is free of fillers and other unnatural ingredients, so your dog receives nothing but high-quality ingredients and maximum nutrients for optimum health and a beautiful coat.