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It is important to wash your dog, and the type of shampoo and conditioner you select is crucial. What you choose could leave your dog healthy or with dry flaky skin. First you need to know how often to bathe your dog. Many owners bathe their animals too often and end up drying their skin out despite using the correct products.

How often should you bathe your dog?
The rules are simple. If your dog has short hair, you should probably bathe it every six weeks. If your dog has long hair, or real thick hair, bathe him or her every three to four months. Dogs clean themselves, so do not worry, they are doing the job, when you are not.

What kind of shampoo should you buy?
The main thing to shop for is a dog shampoo. Many people think their shampoo works fine. But, dogs have a different pH to their skin than we do. Human shampoos will harm them. Some dogs have sensitive skin and will need a mild shampoo. You can find these at your veterinarian's office or at many pet shops. You will need to ask for a soap-free formula.

What type of conditioner should you buy for your dog?
You might think of conditioner as the product that's already in your shampoo, or the one you apply afterwards. For dogs it is different. You need to buy a moisturizer that you can apply and leave in. This same moisturizer can be applied anytime you see flaking or dandruff on your pet.