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DIY Dog Conditioner: 3 Safe Recipes

Conditioner for dogs aren't just good for their coat. Conditioner moisturizes and nourishes the skin as well. DIY dog conditioner leaves the coat soft and free of tangles, while also healing and protecting the skin.

Even high quality dog shampoos can strip the natural oils from your pet's coat. If you don't use a conditioner on your dog's fur, it could be left dry and dull after just a few baths. The best dog conditioner also contains detangling agents that will make it easier to brush Fido's coat after bathing.

When looking for a DIY dog conditioner recipe, you don't need to worry about your dog's skin type. Unlike shampoos, they won't affect the skin's oil balance. However, if your dog has a greasy skin or coat, you should avoid using conditioner all together because it will just make the condition worse.

DIY Dog Conditioner: 3 Safe Recipes

DIY Dog ConditionerIt's important that you use grooming products that are formulated for dogs. Conditioners for dogs are specifically formulated for a canine's skin and coat. Human hair conditioner should never be used on pets for safety reasons, and because it hasn't been designed for the pH levels of canine skin.

These DIY dog conditioner recipes are made with natural ingredients that are gentle and safe for the skin.

Recipe #1

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups warm water

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until completely blended. Eggs are extremely high in protein, so they help to strengthen the coat while leaving it with a beautiful shine. Massage the egg mixture into your dog's coat and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Recipe #2

  • 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup ground oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until completely blended. The oatmeal will help to soothe and repair dry skin, while honey has actually been proven to help promote the growth of skin cells. Honey contains vitamins, minerals amino acids and antioxidants that will condition and moisturize the skin and coat.

Coconut oil has also been shown to have beneficial effects for skin and coat health. Whether taken orally or used topically, coconut oil is a great DIY dog conditioner all by itself.

Recipe #3 – Leave in conditioner

  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 quart water

If you're looking for an easy way to help your dog's skin and coat on a daily basis, this recipe is what you need. Apple cider vinegar helps to balance the skin's natural pH level. It also has natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

Just mix these 2 ingredients in an empty spray bottle and spray on your dog daily. Make sure to massage the conditioner through the coat and onto the skin.

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.