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Best dog conditioner: 6 skin conditioners for dogs that go above and beyond a shiny coat

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Looking to keep your pup's coat in tip-top shape? Then dog conditioner is more than just a novel extra.

Choosing the best dog conditioner for your pooch can help with a variety of skin and fur complaints, including dry itchy skin, matted fur, and hot spots. It's particularly effective if your dog suffers from any allergens, helping to wash away any nasties that may live in your dog's coat.

While considering the best dog shampoo often means selecting a formula with the most effective clean, choosing a dog conditioner is all about moisturizing and targeting any problem areas your pup may have.

So if your canine is prone to matted hair, opting for a detangling dog conditioner spray can be a wise companion to your regular conditioning treatment.  

Similarly, thinking about the ingredients in the conditioner is just as important. Pooches with dry, itchy skin might just thank you for a deep condition oatmeal treatment, while soap-free will ensure a gentle, tear-free lather.

Pet owners may also choose to be aware of whether their conditioner contains chemicals such as parabens, opting for all-natural formulas. 

Whatever qualities you deem best for your pooch, we've rounded up our top picks for best dog conditioner, according to each type you'll likely to encounter at the pet store. 

Simply pair with one of these best dog brushes, and grooming will be a breeze! 

PetsRadar's pick of the best dog conditioners

  • Best overall dog conditioner: Everyday Isle of Dogs Silky Coating Dog Conditioner
  • Best dog conditioner for matted hair: Bobbi Panter Nourishing Dog Conditioner
  • Best dog conditioner for itchy skin: Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Conditioner
  • Best leave-in dog conditioner: Warren London Hydrating Butter- Leave in Dog Conditioner for Dry Skin & Coat
  • Best dog conditioner spray: Pro Pooch Dog Detangler Spray
  • Best dog conditioner for long hair: TropiClean PerfectFur Long Haired Coat Shampoo

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Everyday Isle of Dogs Silky Coating Dog Conditioner

Best overall dog conditioner

Ingredients: Moisturizing | Scent: Jasmine & Vanilla | Lather: Excellent

Great price
Long-lasting scent
Leaves coat soft and shiny
Not specifically tear-free

If you want to feel like you're giving your pup a bath in a fancy dog spa, look no further than the Everyday Isle of Dogs Silky Coating Dog Conditioner.

It's less expensive than some of the brand's other leading dog conditioners, but its seductive jasmine and vanilla scent may make you think it comes with a much higher price tag.  

It may smell a little on the strong side in the bottle, but once applied to your dog's fur you might be surprised by how subtle the vanilla scent is, while the rich formula will leave your dog's coat feeling soft and shiny. Pet owners will also be pleasantly surprised by how long the scent lasts long after application. 

However, when it comes to applying the conditioner, keep in mind the product isn't specifically tear-free so if you want to use it on your dog's face, be sure to apply with care, avoiding the eyes. 

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Bobbi Panter Nourishing Dog Conditioner

Best dog conditioner for matted hair

Ingredients: Salt free, concentrated | Scent: Soft sea air | Lather: Excellent

Effective at detangling matted hair
Fast-drying
Leaves coat soft and shiny
Ideal for short and long coats
Synthetic fragrance

For pooches with particularly long manes prone to tangling, Bobbi Panter Nourishing Dog Conditioner is a must-have essential.

The fragrant conditioner features a nourishing formula made with safflower oil, keratin shea butter, and aloe vera oil that's ideal for tackling even the hardiest of matted hair.

You don't need to use a lot here, simply put a dollop on your hand and run it through your pup's hair or mix with water to make your dog's hair feel soft and silky. 

If your pup has particularly sensitive or dry skin, Bobbi Panter Nourishing Dog Conditioner is also ideal for short-haired canines whose coats require plenty of moisture. 

The long-lasting scent is likely to hang around for days; great news if you love the soft sea fragrance, however some pet owners have reported that it can come off synthetic. 

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Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Conditioner

Best dog conditioner for itchy skin

Ingredients: Clean, no soap, parabens and cruelty-free | Scent: Oatmeal and Aloe | Lather: Rich lather

Gentle fragrance
Soap-free
Leaves coat soft and shiny
Natural ingredients
Thick formula

Often used in partnership with its dog shampoo counterpart, but can be used in isolation, Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Conditioner excels at treating itchy skin in pups.

Oatmeal is ideal for both soothing and moisturizing dry, itchy skin, helping to relieve the symptoms of conditions such as hot spots and flaky skin.

Earthbath's soap-free formula is ideal for both pups with itchy skin and owners who are concerned about harsh chemicals and soaps in their conditioner. 

Its natural formula not only works a treat on creating a soft and shiny coat on even the most sensitive of pups, but smells so heavenly you won't believe you're using a medicated conditioner. 

Some pet owners may find the conditioner a little on the thick side, however, so if you're looking to make rinsing your dog a breeze, consider watering it down in a bottle first. 

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Warren London Hydrating Butter Leave in Dog Conditioner

Best leave-in dog conditioner

Ingredients: Non-oily hydrated treatment | Scent: Fruity or unscented | Lather: Leave-in formula

Luxurious
Multiple tropical scents
Great selection of matching products
Small size
May not be suitable for dogs with sensitive skin

So stylish and luxe that you might mistake it for a human product from a cosmetics company, Warren London Hydrating Butter Leave-in Dog Conditioner offers a heavenly treatment for pups looking to be spoiled.

The product is available in two scents, including Pomegranate and Acai or Guava and Mangosteen, offering a tantalizingly tropical fragrance on the nose. 

Whether your dog suffers from allergies or dry, dull skin, the formula will work a treat on their skin, helping to restore moisture and keep their coat feeling super soft.

It's best used for routine maintenance and can used alongside other dog shampoo and conditioners, providing a deodorizing refresher between washes. 

You can also pick up an unscented balm too, which is a richer version of the hydrating skin & coat butter, if your pup experiences a dry nose or paws, perfect for giving them the full spa day treatment. 

If your dog has particularly sensitive skin or is prone to hot spots, however, you might be better off considering a medicated option.

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Pro Pooch Dog Detangler Spray

Best dog conditioner spray

Ingredients: Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free | Scent: Fresh | Lather: No rinse, leave-in formula

Easy to use
Stylish
Makes grooming easier
Scent could be better

Sleek, stylish, and easy to use, the Pooch Dog Detangler Spray makes it a bit of a breeze to detangle your dog's locks.

You'll likely feel like a professional dog groomer with this in hand; simply give your dog a spritz and leave the spray in.

It's best paired with a quality dog brush as one of the product's key selling points is that it makes it much easier to groom your dog afterwards.

You don't need a lot as an added bonus, there's no need to rinse and it leaves behind a fresh fragrance. 

Some pet owners looking for a more sensual experience, however, may be disappointed with the basic scent and lack of wow factor but if you're looking to get the job done, you just can't go wrong with this established and trusted brand. 

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TropiClean PerfectFur Long Haired Coat Shampoo

Best dog conditioner for long hair

Ingredients: Soap and paraben free | Scent: Sweet citrus | Lather : Good lather

Specialist product
Lathers well
Can improve overall quality of coat
Scent could be stronger

If your dog's hair is particularly long and bothersome, then TropiClean PerfectFur Long Haired Coat Shampoo offers a specialist option.

The product is great for tackling unruly manes, leaving them soft, shiny, and without any greasy feel.

In some cases, it may even help your canine's hair feel smoother and thicker as if they've just stepped out of a doggie salon. 

For pet owners who love a strong fragrance while conditioning, however, you may be disappointed with the simple clean fresh smell on your dog. 

The sweet citrus fragrance could be stronger, but if you're willing to forfeit scent for great usability, you'll find the TropiClean PerfectFur Long Haired Coat Shampoo lathers well and performs well on long, matted hair.