Tips for Smooth & Silky Dog Fur

You want your furry friend to look the best they possibly can, so you’ll end up paying close attention to their coat!

However, it can take a lot of money bringing them to the salon every time. The tricks to keeping your fluffy friend fluffy is relatively simple, as it can be maintained by grooming and feeding them certain nutrients! 


Protein is key for your dog’s fur! Your dog’s coat is actually 90% protein, and if you tend to give them food that is low in protein, it can lead to dull-looking fur. Check your pup’s food label! If it contains food items like grains, preservatives, or animal byproducts, consider changing your furry friend’s food. Labels should have protein as the first ingredient, such as chicken, lamb, salmon, or beef!

Also consider giving your pet nutrients such as Omega-6 and fatty acids! Consider adding fish oils, olive oil, coconut oil, or flaxseed oil to your dogs diet. A tablespoon daily should be enough for your pup! If you would like to add fresh fish to your pet’s diet, only add about two tablespoons per meal, raw or cooked. There are also supplements that can work, with the same effect. However, the results won’t be immediate, and can take up to 6-weeks to notice the shine. Be careful though! Too much of these fatty acids can lead to stomach problems, like diarrhea, in your dog. 

For vitamins, consider giving your pup supplements that have zinc, vitamins A, E, or D, or biotin. All of these are known to help with different skin and fur problems, and can overall better your pup’s lifestyle! These vitamins are also helpful in helping itchy skin. 

If you want to take a more herbal approach, buy supplements such as spirulina or horsetail. These herbs are known to soften your pup’s fur, as well as help out with other internal functions as well. 

Even if you didn’t want to help your dog’s fur in the first place, these tips should be followed anyway! If you add vitamins, Omega-6 and fatty acids to your furry friend’s diet, it may actually help them in the long run to avoid skin problems, like dryness or fur loss. 

Daily Grooming

Daily grooming is vital to keeping your puppy’s fur healthy. While it may sound tiring, brushing a dog’s fur promotes healthy skin cell turnover, and as a result will improve the health of each hair follicle. In other words, your pup’s fur grows better if you brush them daily! Daily grooming also comes in handy during the Fall and Spring, where your pup may shed much more than usual. Getting rid of that excess hair will allow the pup’s coat to look it’s best. 

Daily grooming requires that multiple factors be taken care of. Each day, you must go through your pup’s fur with a slicker brush, and remove tangles. Then, you must use a bristle brush to stimulate the skin. Finally, if necessary, trim your dog’s fur around their feet, if their hair is long enough.

Also consider what kind of fur your pup has. If they have long fur or a thick coat, they may need more grooming and different brushes than compared to a pup with a smooth and short-furred coat. Make sure you buy the appropriate brush for you pup! Normally, long haired, thick coated dogs will need a pin brush, short-haired coats need bristle brushes, and pups with a wiry coat need their old hairs plucked, along with a stripping comb.

Lotions can also be used if you want your puppy’s fur to look sleek and shiny. The most effective of these is coconut oil. To apply, you simply put a small amount into your hands and rub it into your pup’s coat. As a result, their coat will be much sleeker and shinier than before. They may want to lick themselves a bit more now, so be careful of that! There are also several other lotions on the market that can help from anything to dry skin to cracked paws! 


Bathing is a must! However, it can get tricky, depending on the type of pup you have. For those with oil fur, you may even have to bath them once a week! However, pup with lots of fur, may actually need more brushing than they need bathing. Be sure to check what kind of fur your pup has before choosing a bathing schedule!

 There’s even more things you can do to add to your routine so that your pup’s skin and fur looks gorgeous! Simply add some ground-up oatmeal to your warm water bath, and rub it into your furry friend’s fur. After your pup’s bath, rub in some coconut oil so their fur can retain moisture as well as have a glossy and soft coat.

When choosing shampoos and conditioners, always opt for something that has natural ingredients, like tea tree soap. Also check to see if the ingredients have vitamin E, as that’s what makes your pet’s fur silky smooth! Avoid shampoos that have ingredients like artificial colors or scents, mineral oils, cocamide DEA, polysorbates, sodium lauryl sulphate, and methylchloroisothiazolinone. These chemicals are actually toxic to pets, so make sure whatever you’re using doesn’t have these ingredients!

Shampoo should also fit your pup’s needs, as different breeds have different coats and skin types. Always factor in if your dog has itches or rashes, the type of fur your pup has, the length of the fur, and even the color of your puppy’s fur. For example, if you want to keep your white-furred pup white, consider buying shampoos that are catered to white dogs! If your pup’s fur tends to be curly, look for shampoos that help with curly fur. All these factors are important in making sure your puppy’s fur is the healthiest it can be!

Taking care of your puppy’s fur can be pretty aggravating, but with enough care and daily grooming, you’ll be able to get the desired results! It never has to be expensive to handle your furry friend’s fur.

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Lovelia Horn

I’m a certified crazy dog mom, a physical therapist (for hoomans), writer, animal rescuer, and foster home provider. Together with my hubby Ryan, I’ve fostered and helped look for forever homes for over a hundred shelter dogs in the Southern Illinois area. I mostly work with Puppy Rescue 911, Inc., a certified animal rescue organization based out of Chester, IL (home of Popeye!)

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