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I have noticed some dandruff on Raven.  Any tips for a natural way to get rid of it?  It is pretty noticable on her black hair.  Thanks!

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I had the exact same thing happen to my male titan. It looked quite gross. Don't bathe him more then twice a week. If you can't get the special conditioner for dogs then your conditioner would be fine. (I asked my vet about that one he said it'll be okay) also when you wash him take a soft bristle brush and run the shampoo and conditioner through the coat. Then rinse.: )

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I saw on another Doberman site that some people are using Skin So Soft by Avon on their Dobies coats. Said they mix it with 3 parts water and spray it on them using a spray bottle then just rub them down with a towel. Also seen an egg once a week will help. I'm also having the same problem but I just got my Dobie and am in the process of switching her to a better quality food. Going to see if that helps before I try anything else. Good luck.

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Something else you can do is give her fish oil supplements. One a day in the morning will help her skin and fur immensely. Skin-so-soft is another great thing to use. As for conditioner, I've always used Mane and Tail. The formula is made for humans and horses. The bristly fur of our babies is similar to the thick hairs in a horses mane and it works really well to help them moisturize. Couple these things with a good dog food and you've got yourself a healthy dog.

Now, unless your dog has skin issues other than the dandruff, I highly suggest not bathing her more than once every 6 months. Otherwise, your well intentioned baths are actually going to dry her skin and strip it of it's natural oils, giving her dry skin. 

If you can't find Mane and Tail, something that helped my Skyler (she's always had skin issues) was Burts Bees oatmeal dog shampoo and conditioner. It helped immensly and can be found at Petsmart. :)

Good luck! <3

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Wolfgirl that's a good idea that main and tail. Never thought of that.

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Wolfgirls suggestions are great, I would also add coconut oil. It can be given orally and rubbed into the coat which leaves a great smell and sheen.

Theres some info and dosing info in here:
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

As Wolf said you shouldn't bathe your dog often, mine still hasn't had a bath at 9 months old! But if/when you do don't use products meant for humans as we have a different skin pH to dogs :)