DO I REALLY NEED A CONDITIONER?
Do I Really Need To Use Conditioner on My Dog?
Most people dislike bathing their dog because, let’s admit it, it’s a pain in the rear end. By the end of the process you’re wetter than your dog, and the bathroom is left in shambles. So for most, the idea of prolonging the bathing experience one minute longer is not even an option. However, that one or two extra minutes to condition your dog can really improve the state of their coat.
The case for conditioners – As we all know, shampoos by design are used for removing unwanted grime from the skin and coat. But shampooing, without sealing the coat afterwords, leaves the hair shaft open where residue can enter and oils and hydration escape. But conditioning after shampooing will close the hair cuticle and restore hydration, moisture and elasticity.
Conditioners also fill in the damaged hair that drying, brushing, dematting and petting cause. Just normal wear and tear chips away at the hair cuticle which a conditioner will restore to a smooth state and one that gives a more lustrous appearance and feel.
So, in a nutshell it’s definitely better to condition your dog than not to condition. But some dogs benefit more than others. To determine if your dog is a good candidate and if the extra two or three minutes conditioning your dog is worth your time, answer the following questions:
1. How long is your dog’s coat?
2. Does he/she have an under coat?
3. How often do you wash your dog?
4. Does your dog have itchy skin?
5. How adverse is your dog to bath time?