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The Trick to Maintaining Your Dog's Coat Between Trips to the Groomer

It has to do, in part, with picking the right shampoo.

french bulldog in bath bubbles on head
Photography by: CULTURA RM/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

Regular brushing once or twice a week not only keeps your pet looking her best — it also gives you a chance to detect changes that could be signs of a serious medical condition. Only bathe your pet about once a month (more frequent cleanings can dry out her skin).

 

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Brush first, removing any mats, and then use a pet-safe shampoo, as well as a conditioning rinse, if you have a long- or wire-haired breed. (We like Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner; $17 and $19, amazon.com.) Some long-haired dogs may need trims between groomings, too — around the eyes (for visibility), the chin and jaw (to keep food from getting stuck), or the paws (to prevent dirt from collecting). A vet or groomer can show you how to do this safely at home.

 

Now that your dog is squeaky-clean, watch how to clean their pet bed: