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Tricks to Make Your Dog's Coat Shiny

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 27, 2017
Tricks to Make Your Dog's Coat Shiny

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There are several homemade tricks to keep your dog's fur shiny and healthy. The easiest and cheapest method is to simply brush it gently for 5 minutes every day, although there are many more techniques to make it look perfect, either in winter or summer. We have developed methods to enhance the beauty of hair - both human and animal - since ancient times, but of course they all take some time.

In this AnimalWised article we will explain the most common and easiest ways to make your dog's coat shiny. Remember to take into account factors such as diet, as this can directly affect the quality and shine of your dog's coat. Read on to learn some tricks to make your dog's coat shiny.

You may also be interested in: Tips to Make your Cat's Coat Shiny

Dog grooming with beer

The application of alcohol-free beer to a dog's coat after a bath is proven to enhance its shine because it nourishes the hair follicles and softens the hair shaft.

After bathing the dog, apply the beer with a sponge, allow it to soak into the skin and fur for 3 to 4 minutes. After the time is up rinse your dog with warm water. If you don't rinse the hair well, it will become sticky.

This is a simple and cheap method, provided the dog isn't very large and doesn't have very long hair. For example, don't use this method with an Afghan hound. In that case, the lanolin trick works better.

Tricks to Make Your Dog's Coat Shiny - Dog grooming with beer

Dog grooming with lanolin

Lanolin is a natural fat that comes from sheep wool. It is available in both pharmacies and health food shops. There is natural lanolin and anhydrous lanolin. The first smells of wool, and the second is unscented.

You need to prepare the product before applying it to your dog:

  1. Heat a couple of teaspoons of lanolin in a bain-marie over a saucepan to melt.
  2. Add 1 liter of warm water to the saucepan along with the melted lanolin.
  3. To emulsify the products, beat them together and put them into a sealed bottle to cool. Keep the resulting emulsion.

The next process is the same as using beer: While bathing your dog, before rinsing it, apply the emulsion product all over the dog's body, except for the head. After 5 minutes rinse the animal with warm water.

Tricks to Make Your Dog's Coat Shiny - Dog grooming with lanolin

Dog grooming with egg yolk

Egg yolk is a completely natural product that can be used to make a dog's coat shinier. To do so, mix 1 or 2 egg yolks with warm water. The ideal ratio is half a liter of water per egg (a different amount may be needed depending on the size of the dog).

It is important to know that the remaining mixture must be discarded and should not be saved under any circumstances. As for the application, it is the same process as the beer: thoroughly rinsing the animal 5 minutes after applying the egg yolk.

Tricks to Make Your Dog's Coat Shiny - Dog grooming with egg yolk

Dog grooming with rose hip oil

This is an expensive yet effective product. You can find rose hip oil in pharmacies, drugstores, health food shops and some supermarkets. It is used to help remove wrinkles on humans, and to also thoroughly clean the face and eye sockets of dogs - with special care being taken around the eyes. It is NOT advised to use rose hip oil all of over your dog's fur, even if it is small.

However this is an excellent product for dogs' facial care, as all you need to do is pour two or three drops onto some cotton wool and use it like you would to remove make-up. After wiping all the facial area, it will be left clean and clear, while its beneficial effects continue to work.

It is also good for all kinds of wounds, scars and skin disorders. Skin and hair exposed to this oil will lighten after prolonged use.

Tricks to Make Your Dog's Coat Shiny - Dog grooming with rose hip oil

Dog grooming with keratin

Keratin is a protein with a high sulfur content. It makes up the hair shafts on humans and animals, and it's also what hooves and nails are made of. There is a liquid form of keratin that can be used with cotton wool like rose hip oil, but all over the animal's body.

However, we at AnimalWised would advise against the use of this product, as there are already pre-prepared shampoos on sale that include everything the animal needs and have more balanced keratin proportions.

Tricks to Make Your Dog's Coat Shiny - Dog grooming with keratin

These have been our tricks to make your dog's coat shiny - if you have any, tell us in the comments section.

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