Things You Can Do
Dogs love to spend time with you. Brush them often and use this time to give them some attention they are craving. It can be a great bonding time. Every few days, take a look at their coat to see how it is doing. You want it to be soft and smooth. Brushing also gives you the opportunity to check for anything out of the ordinary such as ticks, fleas, or any lumps or bumps.
Long-haired breeds need to be brushed at least 3 times a week if not daily. For short haired breeds, brush them once a week. Some short haired breeds can go as long as 2 weeks between brushing.
What Tools Should I Use?
A slicker brush with widely spaced teeth works well for the outer layer. On thick coats, first brush against the grain. Then go over it again in the same direction as hair growth.
A greyhound comb with finer spaced teeth works well around the dog’s face.
You Are What You Eat
Remember the old saying, "you are what you eat"? Well in the case of your pet, the nutrition your dog gets will affect their coat. If you provide your dog with the highest quality food, expect a high quality coat. Look for foods rich in essential fatty acids.