Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
How long have you had this dog? He should be getting some kind of oil in his diet, fish oil, coconut oil are great for dogs. And yes, it can take up to 6 months to make a real transformation.
If his skin is dry, you don't want to overbathe, but you can do a hot oil treatment. Put about 1/4 cup of coconut oil into a gallon of hot tap water, pour it all over him and make sure it gets down to the skin. Let it sit on him for about 20 minutes (I usually crate the dog with some towels during this time). Then bathe him with a mild shampoo such as Earthbath. The shampoo will remove some of the oil, but not all of it. You can also do a leave-in oil treatment after the bath, about a tablespoon of coconut oil in a gallon of hot tap water, pour over the dog after the bath and let dry.
I do a version of this at my grooming salon, I use fancier oils but the concept is the same. It really helps those dogs with dry skin and brittle coat.