Dogs have a knack for getting into trouble and some dogs seem to always be dirty! Unfortunately, dogs are not like cats in grooming themselves – you have to do it for them. Some dog owners use human shampoo on their dogs, but frequent use of these products can be harmful and damage your dog’s coat. The better option is to purchase a shampoo designed specifically for dogs. These products are formulated to be gentle on your dog’s sensitive skin and they are generally free from harsh chemicals and fragrances.
Keeping your dog’s skin and coat clean is important, but you can have too much of a good thing. Shampooing your dog’s coat too often could strip it of the natural oils that keep his skin healthy and moisturised. So, not only is it important to avoid bathing your dog too often but when you do wash him, you need to use a quality product.
Animology offers a broad range, and have a shampoos for every scenario. We give you an overview here.
The best dog shampoo overall
Animology’s Dogs Body shampoo is safe and gentle, plus it will leave your dog’s skin and coat soft and moisturised.
When shopping for dog shampoo, you want to look for a product that will clean your dog’s skin and coat without irritating his sensitive skin. This formula is safe, gentle, and effective, which is all you can really ask for in a dog shampoo.
This Shampoo features natural ingredients to soothe skin irritation, relieve itching, and moisturise your dog’s skin. It is a soap-free, pH-balanced formula that effectively cleans to leave your dog’s coat softer than ever with a pleasant scent. It won’t wash away flea and tick control products, either.
This formula doesn’t contain any parabens, phosphates, synthetic dyes, or perfumes and was the most effective in relieving itching and it was the best smelling product as well.
Pros: Made with all-natural ingredients, 100% biodegradable and cruelty-free, soap-free formula, safe and gentle, relieves itching and soothes dry skin, promotes healing and moisturises skin, pH-balanced to clean and remove odour, won’t wash away flea and tick products
Cons: May not lather well enough for dogs with thick double coats, may not be recommended for dogs with allergies and extra-sensitive skin, some users find the scent overpowering
The best dog shampoo for puppies
To gently cleanse your puppy’s sensitive skin and coat, we recommend Animology’s Puppy Love.
Even at a fraction of their adult size, puppies can make some big messes. It pays to be prepared by keeping a powerful dog shampoo on hand. The thing you need to keep in mind is that your puppy’s skin is extra sensitive, so you need to choose a formula that is strong enough for deep cleaning but gentle enough not to irritate or damage your puppy’s skin.
This one is a sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoo made with gentle cleansers safe for your puppy’s sensitive skin and coat. It is a tearless formula that won’t irritate your puppy’s eyes if you use it as a face wash, and it leaves behind a gentle scent. This puppy-safe shampoo contains natural odour-neutralising ingredients for long-lasting freshness.
We love the quality of the ingredients and the gentle scent, though some dog owners find it to be too strong. Overall, however, the product is considered safe and effective for puppies.
Pros: Free from sulfates and parabens, gentle enough for puppies and as a face wash, gentle scent, contains natural odour-neutralising ingredients, lathers well for deep cleaning, doesn’t contain any synthetic ingredients or harsh fragrances
Cons: Some users find the scent overpowering, may not be powerful enough for strong odours
The best dog shampoo for fleas and ticks
Animology’s Flea & Tick Shampoo helps wash fleas and ticks out of your dog’s coat
A flea infestation is every dog owner’s worst nightmare. Not only can fleas cause your dog’s skin to become irritated and inflamed, but these tiny pests can make their way into your pet’s bedding, your furniture, and even your carpet. A high-quality flea shampoo is the first step in eradicating fleas and this is our top pick. This highly effective formula kills fleas in all life stages and it is also effective against ticks and chewing lice.
The gentle formula works into an easy lather to cleanse your dog’s coat, leaving it softer, shinier, and cleaner than ever. It is effective in killing insect pests while also cleansing your dog’s coat and moisturizing his skin.
The product has a fairly strong odour and some dog owners report needing multiple applications for maximum efficacy but, for the most part, this shampoo is safe, inexpensive, and effective.
Pros: Kills fleas and ticks in all life stages, contains natural ingredients to soothe and moisturise skin, gently cleanses and softens coat, safe for puppies over 12 weeks
Cons: May not be recommended for puppies under 12 weeks, some users find the odour to be too strong, needs to be worked into a thick lather for maximum efficacy
The best dog shampoo for sensitive skin
Animology’s Derma Dog dog shampoo is free from the synthetic and harsh chemical ingredients that might irritate your dog’s skin.
If your dog has sensitive skin, you need to be very careful about the type of grooming products you use. All-natural shampoos are generally the safest option for dogs with sensitive skin and seasonal allergies because they don’t contain harsh chemical ingredients. This is our top choice for sensitive dog shampoo is 4-Legger Certified Organic Dog Shampoo because it is pH balanced and completely free from synthetic and chemical ingredients that might irritate your dog’s skin.
This shampoo is enriched with vitamins and conditioners. Free from synthetic ingredients, this shampoo gently cleanses and moisturises your dog’s skin and coat, leaving him smelling fresh and clean. Safe for dogs in all life stages, this is not only one of the best sensitive dog shampoos, but also one of the most popular and veterinarian- and groomer-approved dog shampoos on the market.
It is free from sulfates, detergents, and anything that could harm your pet, and moisturises and conditions your dog’s skin without stripping the natural oils. It is safe for dogs with seasonal allergies or sensitive skin. It is also easy to lather and rinse, plus the same essential oils that give it a pleasant scent also act as a natural repellent for fleas.
4-Legger Certified Organic Dog Shampoo has nearly 500 reviews on Amazon as well as a 4.5-star rating. Users love how gentle the shampoo is on dogs with sensitive skin as well as the mild scent.
Pros: Contains no synthetic or chemical ingredients, completely natural and hypoallergenic, no detergents or sulfates, completely biodegradable and cruelty-free, gently cleanses and moisturises your dog’s skin and coat, safe for dogs with allergies and sensitive skin, mild but pleasant scent, safe for dogs and puppies of all ages
Cons: Some users find the scent to be too strong, may not be strong enough for dogs with thick double coats, some users found the consistency too thin
The best heavy-duty dog shampoo
With three times the cleansing action of ordinary dog shampoos, Animology’s Fox Poo shampoo tackles even the toughest dirt and odours.
There will be times when a regular dog shampoo simply isn’t enough to clean heavy dirt or strong smells out of your dog’s coat. Choosing a heavy-duty shampoo can be tricky because you want something strong enough to tackle the dirt and odour but not so harsh that it irritates or causes damage to your dog’s skin. For a shampoo to take on even the dirtiest, smelliest of dogs but gentle enough to soothe and moisturise his skin, our top choice is Fox Poo.
It contains three times more active cleansing ingredients than the average dog shampoo to clean even the smelliest, dirtiest of dogs. Free from harsh chemicals and irritating fragrances, this formula contains a variety of foaming agents as well as natural ingredients to leave your dog’s skin healthier and his coat cleaner than it’s ever been.
We love the product’s concentrated formula and its light but refreshing scent. The formula is enriched with soothing natural ingredients and pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise your dog’s skin. We found that the product cleans thoroughly and doesn’t leave behind a residue, though the fresh scent sometimes wears off quickly.
Pros: Contains three times the cleansing power of ordinary shampoos, lathers well for a deep clean, contains natural ingredients to soothe and moisturise your dog’s skin, doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue, concentrated formula that doesn’t require mixing
Cons: Triple strength formula may be too strong for dogs with very sensitive skin, bottle may leak when not stored or handled properly, Signature scent sometimes wears off quickly