The Best Dog Shampoo For Your Dog

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Best Dog Shampoo in 2017– Top 10 Recommendations

As all pet owners know, keeping your dog clean not only means less mess at home but also ensures your furry companion is fit and healthy as well.  Weather your dog is a messy pup who has a skill for finding the dirtiest puddles on walks or a home lover who doesn’t stray too far from your side it is still important to keep your dog clean with regular baths and by washing them thoroughly.

To help you out along the way we have put together a number of guides for you to ensure you are washing your dog properly and one of the easiest and most important ways to keep your dog clean, fresh and smelling good is the dog shampoo you use when it comes to bath time.

Whether you’re are new to dog grooming or looking to top up your supplies, our Top 10 Best Dog Shampoo Guide below will help you make the right choice no matter the size, breed or age of your dog.

With so many brands and types of product available we hope our top 10 recommendations make choosing the right dog shampoo just a little easier.

All the products reviewed in this list are considered ‘traditional’ dog shampoos used during bath time, if you’re looking for a waterless dog shampoo check out our dedicated guide.

If you have a recommendation yourself that you can’t see listed below please do leave a comment and we will happily update the list once we review it ourselves.

Earthbath All Natural Pet ShampooEarthbath All Natural Dog ShampooPrice: $9.96 | Grade: A+

With over 1,000 reviews on Amazon while still keeping a rating of over 4 and half stars says almost everything you need to know about the Earthbath all natural shampoo. Loved by pet owners of all types the shampoo is perfect for dogs as well as being 100% cruelty free and bio-degradable. It is a soap free shampoo so perfect for dogs with sensitive skin and is also scented to ensure your dog smells fresh and clean long after its bath. With 100% natural ingredients that are all clearly printed on the side of the bottle and listed below you can safely use this shampoo knowing you are neither harming the environment or your dog.

There are 12 types of Earthbath pet shampoo available and we have found the Oatmeal and Aloe version to be perfect for dogs. Both ingredients are recommended by vets to combat itchy skin and other irritation for dogs. These are combined with vanilla and almond oils for a great smelling product, perfect for when you cuddle up with your furry friend on the sofa. The shampoo is also available in packs of six making it perfect for when you want to stock up and make sure you never run out of your favorite dog shampoo!

A quick scan through the Amazon reviews and you won’t have to just take our word for it. The shampoo is perfect for all shapes and size of dog, particularly pets with skin issues and is well worth a try if you feel you have exhausted all other options of dog shampoo.

Ingredients: Purified water, colloidal oatmeal (3%), renewable plat-derived & coconut-based cleaners, aloe vera, vitamins A, B, D & E, glycerine, allantoin, food-grade extracts of vanilla & almond, natural preservative.

Non-ingredients: Anthing that would harm your pet or the environment. This product contains no soap, gluten, DEA, parabens, synthetic dyes or perfumes, SLS/SLES, phthalates, or enzymes and is animal cruelty free.

OxGord Organic Oatmeal Dog Shampoo & ConditionerOxgord Organic Dog Shampoo & ConditionerPrice: $13.95 | Grade: A-

A very close second on our list is OxGord’s Organic Dog Shampoo & Conditioner. Without sounding too negative in what is a positive review, although sold as organic this isn’t another 100% natural product but it will not harm your dog and the components are all natural ingredients including aloe vera and organic oils. As the name suggests OxGord’s product is manufactured specifically for dogs and the two in one shampoo and conditioner is perfect relief for K9’s with dry or itchy skin. The moisturizing nature of the shampoo make it ideal for dogs with a range of skin issues and its deep cleansing effect will leave your dog’s coat fresh, smooth and ready to be combed. The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is also soap free meaning no hassle with your dog receiving irritation to their eyes or nose while being bathed.

The shampoo is also perfect if you are looking for a product to combat your dog’s slightly smelly odor, with the products strong cherry aroma meaning you really notice the great smell after your dog has had a wash. This is something that is mentioned several times when reading any online write ups of the shampoo and really helps prevent any family and friends complaining of dog smell when they next visit!

Another product that is ideal for any breed or size of dog one of the only disadvantages to the OxGord shampoo is the cost. Although on offer on Amazon at the moment the price of $13.95 is still slightly more than other products listed here. This is worth considering if you are shopping on a budget, although the fact you are getting both a shampoo and conditioner may help sway you and you can be sure the two together will leave your dog’s coat clean and healthy after a bath but if you still aren’t sold just yet it’s probably worth having a read through a couple more shampoos in this list before you decide.

Bottle Ingredients – not those listed on Amazon: Ultra-purified water with infused ALOE BARBANISIS EXTRACT, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside and Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Rosmarinus Officialis (Rosemary), Chamomilla Recuttita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (and) Glycol Distearate (and) Cocamide-MEA (and) Laureth-10, Collidial Oatmeal, Vitamine E, PEG-12. Dimethicone, organic Borago Officialis (Borage) seed oil, Organic SHEA (Butyrospermum Parkii) butter, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone, Citric acid, Versene, Na2, Fragrance.

Veterinary Formula Antiparasitic & Antiseborrheic Medicated Shampoo

Veterinary Formula Medicated Dog Shampoo

Price: $7.39 | Grade: A

The first thing that draws many pet owners to this product is the name. Veterinary Formula from Synergy Labs sounds like a brand you can trust when it comes to supplies to keep your dog clean and healthy so when we reviewed the product we were just a little bit excited to see what effect the shampoo would have on a dogs coat compared to other products in this list.

Third on the list is no mean feat and the only reason it didn’t rank first is because the other two dog shampoos are so good. However as the name suggests, if you’re looking for a medicated shampoo for your best friend then you should probably skip the first two and land right here. The Antiparasitic & Antiseborrheic Shampoo treats a number of skin issues that your dog may be suffering from. These can include skin scaling caused by Seborrhea, mange, parasitic and fungal infections. Another soap free shampoo, this product also contains colloidal oatmeal and allantoin as do others in this list which hydrates skin and promotes healing. The shampoo is also effective against inflamed scalp, greasy skin and red skin rashes if your dog has been known to suffer from those and the shampoo also helps to prevent dandruff as well so is a brilliant all-round product justifying why it ranks so highly here.

One thing you may want to be aware of before purchasing is the smell, we weren’t completely sold on it at first, particularly when compared with other dog shampoos and their cherry and lavender extracts as the tarry smell can be quite noticeable at first but this is perhaps understandable considering the ingredients and shouldn’t deter you from the product if you’re looking to put an end to your dog’s skin problems as the shampoo is definitely perfect for doing just that.

Ingredients: Purified water, Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Coal Tar Solution, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate-20, Micronized Sulfur, Colloidal Oatmeal USP, Fragrance, DMDM-Hydantoin, Allantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Furminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo

FURminator deShedding Dog Shampoo

Price: $8 | Grade: B-

The first Shampoo in the list designed specifically to prevent shedding, this is the perfect product if you tired of vacuuming, brushing and picking hairs off your furniture and favorite pieces of clothing. Furminator – perhaps the best brand name on this list! – and their deShedding Ultra Premium dog shampoo work to reduce shedding by promoting healthy skin and coat. The product contains no chemical dyes and is enriched with Omega 3 and 6 as well as Papaya Leaf Extract.

Even with that build up and introduction the one thing we noticed when trialing the shampoo on a rather shed friendly German Shepherd is that the product doesn’t eliminate shedding completely. In fact after the first wash or two we noticeable hardly any change at all, however after a month or so of regular use we did begin to notice a significant reduction in the amount of hair that was being shed so it definitely received a big thumbs up from us.

The smell is good and shouldn’t deter anyone from purchasing this dog shampoo however our rather blunt summary and review is that if you don’t have problems at home with your dog shedding coat loads of hair then there are far better alternative dog shampoos on this list for you. The reason this product ranked so highly is because it is by far the best dog shampoo to reduce shedding and although it doesn’t eliminate it completely by keeping it to a minimum with regular use it can reduce a lot of headaches and make for a much cleaner home life for both you and your dog.

Ingredients: Water, Mild Surfactants, Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids from Cranberry, Sunflower and Safflower Seed Oils, Extracts of Calendula, Papaya Leaf, Chamomile, Malva Flower, Blueberry, Aloe Vera and Kava, Vitamin E, Vegetable Protein Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat and oat Proteins, Fragrance, Preservative and Salt.

Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo

Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Dog Shampoo

Price: $24.95 | Grade: C+

A shampoo that moves away from the natural and organic options available above this shampoo has some absolutely brilliant reviews online and we can’t say we were any less impressed when we gave the shampoo a trial run either. Another product that excels in protecting your dog from skin irritations the one thing we really noticed with this product was the moisturizing effect it had on a dog’s skin and how smooth the coat felt after a wash.

A quick glance through the ingredients below and you will immediately notice a difference with the organic products listed above and that perhaps is the main reason for us to rank this as our 5th best choice and no higher. Of course not everyone thinks as we do however and if you’re looking for a shampoo to really clean up any itchy skin issues or to help heal sores this shampoo is well worth a try. That is perhaps the one area where this shampoo really comes into its own and if your dog does have any allergy issues or yeast infections for example then this may be the product for you and your dog.

One thing that is really noticeable when reading any reviews about Douxo’s dog shampoo is the amount of pet owners who have had the shampoo recommended to them by their vet. This is likely because of the irritations or infections already mentioned but goes some way to showing how the shampoo is regarded within the veterinary industry and the lasting effecting it can have on your dog’s health.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sulfobetaine. Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Climbazole, Dechylpolyglucoside, Capryloyl Glycine, Peg-120, Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Hydroxide, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, Phytosphingosine Salicyloyl, Citric Acid.

PetPleasant Pet Shampoo

Pet Pleasant Dog Shampoo

Price: $8.45 | Grade: B

Another shampoo made for both cats and dogs which still excels when used on dogs particularly, PetPleasant’s anti-bacterial natural shampoo is another great product we had to include after trailing it ourselves on a number of different breeds of dog. Made in America, the shampoo is great for those that like to shop local and the shampoo includes natural lavender and evening primrose which aids hair moisture and makes this one of the best smelling dog shampoos on this list. The great smell is definitely one of the shampoos best features and PetPleasant sell the product as ‘eliminating wet dog smell’ which is caused by organic acids and bacteria contained within fur, the moisture in this product dissolves these acids and moves the compounds to the surface where they evaporate into the air eliminating odor and leaving your dog’s coat fresh and smooth.

The lavender and evening primrose infusion is also a natural flea repellent, brilliant for combating any nasty flea issues and also helps reduce itchy and irritated skin. Priced at just over $10 dollars, Honeydew, the company behind PetPleasant Pet Shampoo is so confident that you will be impressed with the effect the shampoo will have on your dog they also offer a 100% money-back guarantee making it well worth purchasing a bottle to try if you are looking for a great smelling shampoo for your dog.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate,

Lambert Kay Fresh ‘n Clean Scented Shampoo

Fresh'n Clean Dog Shampoo

Price: $11.99 | Grade: B+

Another great smelling dog shampoo Lambert Kay’s Fresh ‘n Clean scented shampoo really is a great purchase for any dog owner looking for a good smelling, quality product to keep your pet clean. By far the best feature of this product is the long-lasting scent and this along with the extremely reasonable price of $5.52 meant we had to include it in our round up. The shampoo really does leave your dog’s coat feeling refreshed and the scent alone is worth the purchase price but don’t just take our word for it, a quick look through the amazon reviews and you will see the number of dog owners who have commented mentioning that even weeks later the scent from the shampoo still remains making the product perfect for lap dogs or those that like to cuddle up close on the sofa while watching the latest box set.

The smell however is not the only positive with this product. We really did notice that it removes mats and tangles on long haired dogs and leaves coats extremely manageable after a bath, perfect for when you want to brush and groom your dog thoroughly.

If you’re looking for a budget friendly dog shampoo that not only smells great but also leaves your dog’s coat fresh and untangled then we really would suggest giving Fresh ‘n Clean a try. The long lasting scent means you can go several weeks between bathing your dog if they aren’t prone to attracting too much dirt and the price makes it extremely affordable for the quality product you get for your dog.

Ingredients: Sodium laureth sufate, disodium oleamido mea, sulfosuccinate, cocomidopropyl betaine, cocomide dietanolamne, aloe vera gel, fragrance.

Buddy Wash Lavender & Mint Dog Shampoo

Buddy Wash Lavender & Mint Dog Shampoo

Price: $14.99 | Grade: B-

Buddy Wash’s Lavender & Mint Shampoo is what we would call an all-round great shampoo. As you may have noticed many of the products listed specialize on one particular section of your dogs health and cleanliness, whether that is as a medicated shampoo for fungal infections or just a great smelling shampoo perfect for those dogs out there that suffer with bad odor. In the case of this shampoo it really does cover a range of bases all in one go. The product is a shampoo plus conditioner which cleans and moisturizes skin and coat at the same time. This is backed up by the lavender and mint fragrance which leaves your dog smelling great and as big fans of lavender this was particularly pleasing when tried on our little pug. The shampoo doesn’t just stop there either, lavender is also a natural flea repellent, perfect for dogs that suffer from their feared foe.

Overall the shampoo is one that smells great and leaves your dog really feeling like they have had a long refreshing bath. We really noticed the coat of our pug feeling fresh as should be expected and the non-harmful product meant no issues with irritation to eyes or nose during bath time.

Priced at $12.51 on Amazon, Buddy Wash is slightly on the expensive side compared to the other shampoos reviewed in this list and that did contribute to a lower ranking on our top 10. Although we still recommended the product as a great all-rounder we do also see why some dog owner wouldn’t be able to justify the cost when there are so many great alternatives already listed.

Ingredients: Coconut shampoo base, aloe vera gel, essence of lavender, essence of mint, chamomile extract, sage extract, nettles extract, rosemary extract, wheat protein extract (natural deodorizing agent), tea tree oil, vitamin E, vitamin C.

4-Legger Organic Dog Shampoo

4-Legger Organic Dog Shampoo

Price: $15.99 | Grade: B+

This is a shampoo that after reviewing we really wanted to include higher on the list. There are a number of reasons why it ranks at only number 9 but if you have made it this far you are obviously dedicated to the cause of finding the very best shampoo for your pet and definitely shouldn’t be put off that there are eight other products above it. As strange as that may sound in a top ten list, one of the biggest reasons 4-Legger’s Organic Dog Shampoo comes in so low is the price. At $15 it is the most expensive product on our list and although we are great believers in getting what you pay for we also know that a lot of dog owners want the best value for money as well, hence why some of the shampoos listed above rank so highly compared to this product.

Another shampoo that is completely organic as well as veterinarian tested, reviewed and approved this product is also made in America so really ticks all the boxes of consumers who have an eye on the environment when shopping online. All this adds to a great product that is great for dogs with all skin types including normal, sensitive and dry as well as itchy skin and we found the shampoo lathers really easily meaning a little goes a long way.

As a completely organic product the shampoo is a safe and great alternative to harsh detergents and causes your dog absolutely no harm or irritation while being bathed. The silky clean coat finish is worth the price alone but we can understand why you may be hesitant with the price just that little bit more than other products available. If you are in two minds we would definitely recommending at least adding it to your wish list so that when your current bottle of dog shampoo runs out you can give this a go next time as we are sure you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Coconut, Olive, and Jojoba Oils, Organic Aloe Vera, Lemongrass Essentail Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil and Rosemary Extract.

Fifi & Fido Pet Shampoo

Fifi & Fido Dog Shampoo

Price: $14.95 | Grade: B+

To round up our list is another really great pet shampoo that is perfect for dog owners and as a little added bonus, comes in a really slick bottle but is priced on the top end of the price scale of the products featured. As already mentioned the cost of $12.95 should deter no one from giving this product a try and the soap free, 100% natural shampoo includes oatmeal and aloe vera extract which as you will know by now is a perfect infusion for dogs who suffer from irritation as the formula promotes healing. The shampoo is another of those made in America and is beautifully scented, leaving your dog’s coat restored and smelling great.

The bottle design was probably our favorite from all the products trialed on this list and the squeeze top releases the perfect amount of shampoo meaning you do not have any waste of product being washed away when you squeeze out too much by accident. We also found it to be particularly effective when used on dogs with sensitive skin so this is something worth considering if you are hesitant about the slightly more expensive price point. A number of dog owners seem to be repeat buyers of this product however the 16 ounce bottle means they don’t have to purchase too regularly as the product is long lasting.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Coco Glucoside, Laurel Glucoside, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Coco Betaine, Solubilized Oatmeal, Essential Oil Fragrances.

So there you have our top 10 best dog shampoo’s for 2017. We will update the list as the year goes on if any new products catch our eye or if any of the ingredients used in the above shampoos change. Whatever dog shampoo you choose from the list we hope that your dog will be noticeably cleaner and happier as a result.

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