The 9 Best Puppy Shampoos of 2020

Keep your furry pal clean and fresh

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"This five-in-one formula cleanses, conditions, moisturizes, deodorizes, and detangles."
"Our plant-derived, pH-balanced formula cleanses, conditions, and moisturizes your pup’s coat without the use of harsh chemicals."
"This medicated formula breaks the breeding cycle to help protect your puppy from ticks and fleas for up to four weeks."
"Avoid the post-bath 'wet dog smell' with this lavender-scented shampoo, which not only smells nice but also calms your pup down."
"This shampoo is organic, vegan and paraben-free; users note that it's great for both short- and long-haired breeds."
"Colloidal oatmeal is a lifesaving ingredient for owners of puppies with dry, flaky and itchy skin."
"With only four ingredients, you can feel confident that it won't cause any allergy flare-ups when you bring it out in the bath."
"Burt's Bees offers a gentle formula that's free of sulfates and colorants, and includes buttermilk (and honey) to soften skin."
"This option is formulated to reduce dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that causes those scaly, annoying skin patches."

Best Multipurpose: PET CARE Sciences 5-in-1 Dog Shampoo with Coconut, Aloe and Oatmeal

This five-in-one product majorly cuts down on grooming time. PET CARE Sciences' shampoo is also a conditioner, moisturizer, deodorizer, and detangler, making it a one-stop shop when bathtime rolls around. It’s made with coconut oil, oatmeal, and aloe, and is free of sulfates, parabens, phosphate, MEAm and DEA. All told, the shampoo is 96 percent natural. Simply wet your puppy’s coat, lather up, and rinse. 

Reviewers say that PET CARE Sciences Dog Shampoo is worth every penny, leaving their puppies looking like “a new dog” after bathing. While the simplicity of the ingredient list had some buyers skeptical, it's a plus for many pet owners. It’s also great for puppies with allergies, flaky skin, or other sensitivities.

Best Waterless: The Spruce Waterless Pet Wash in Fresh

Since the wellbeing of your pets (and ours) is always top of mind, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve launched our own collection of pet care products! First up, we’d love to introduce you to The Spruce Waterless Pet Wash. If your puppy is prone to messes—aren’t they all?—it’s sure to come in handy between visits with the groomer. 

The Spruce Waterless Pet Wash is a plant-derived, pH-balanced formula that cleanses, conditions, and moisturizes your pup’s coat and skin without the use of harsh chemicals, parabens, dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Instead, it uses enzymes to break down impurities like urine, feces, and dirt, and pet-safe natural essential oils like neroli, apple, mango, and orchid to keep your pup smelling fresh. Depending on your preference, you can choose from three scents: Lavender, Oatmeal, or Fresh. 

Our pet wash is great for daily use after walks or time outdoors as well on-the-go use when camping or traveling. To use it, simply shake the bottle, apply a generous amount to your dog’s coat, let it sit for a minute, and then use a clean cloth to wipe them down. Since it air dries quickly, you don’t have to worry about your puppy tracking wet-dog smell all over the house, either. 

Best for Fleas: Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo

This first step in getting rid of a flea or tick infestation is making sure your pup is clean and protected. While you definitely shouldn't use a flea bath as the only way of protecting your puppy, using a medicated shampoo, like Adams Plus Flea and Tick with Precor, kills pests on contact and disrupts their breeding cycle, so you have time to get them gone for good.

This formula, which is safe for puppies 12 weeks and older, continues working for 28 days to kill any fleas that come into contact with your pet. In addition to the medicated ingredients, this shampoo contains soothing ingredients like aloe and lanolin to make your puppy's skin and fur feel soft after their bath.

Best Smelling: HONEYDEW Pet Pleasant Colloidal Oatmeal Dog Shampoo with Pure Lavender Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a bathtime product that’ll leave your dog smelling extra-fresh, we love Pet Pleasant's Colloidal Oatmeal Dog Shampoo. This hypoallergenic shampoo is made with lavender essential oil, which has a calming effect that also has the benefit of smelling great. Its gentle formula is ideal for dogs with sensitive skin and is both paraben- and sulfate-free. The colloidal oatmeal ingredients nourish your puppy’s skin and fur, while also conditioning and deodorizing during baths. Jojoba oil hydrates coats to keep them shiny and soft.

Customers call this shampoo a game-changer. Some note that there’s no “wet dog odor” after baths, thanks in part to the lavender oil. It also has a soothing effect, which can be ideal for pups who are hesitant or anxious when it’s time for a soak.

Best All-Natural: Paws & Pals Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and Conditioner

For an all-natural shampoo that goes a step beyond the rest, we love Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and Conditioner from Paws & Pals. This organic, vegan shampoo is made with ingredients like rosemary, aloe vera, and oatmeal, for a formula you can feel good about using on your puppy’s coat and skin. The oatmeal-based moisturizing compounds leave your pup’s coat smooth after their bath, while simultaneously soothing and hydrating their skin. The shampoo is paraben-free, and deodorizes and detangles as you work it into your puppy’s coat. It’s also tear-free and has a fresh, long-lasting scent.

This formula soothes puppies with itchy skin or hot spots, and also works wonders with dandruff. It’s great for both short and long-haired breeds, and the natural, organic ingredients ensure owners feel confident using it with their pups.

Best for Dry Skin: HONEYDEW Pet Pleasant Oatmeal Pet Shampoo for Dogs & Puppies

Another shampoo made with oatmeal, Pet Pleasant's Oatmeal Pet Shampoo for Dogs & Puppies is an anti-itch product that’s specially formulated for dogs with dry skin. Its 100 percent natural formula includes jojoba oil and provitamin B5 to soothe irritated skin, as well as colloidal oatmeal. The shampoo is also an effective deodorizer, with a light vanilla scent, and conditions your dog's fur as it helps their skin. If you’re in the market for a dry skin shampoo that’s free of any potentially irritating chemical ingredients, this one is a great option. 

Several reviewers note that this cut down on or stopped scratching after only one or two uses, while also noting that the shampoo smells good and leaves their puppies' coats looking shiny and refreshed.

Best Hypoallergenic: TropiClean Hypoallergenic Gentle Coconut Puppy & Kitten Shampoo

Whether your puppy experiences allergies seasonally or on a routine basis, TropiClean Hypo-Allergenic Gentle Coconut Shampoo will have them smelling fresh without any unwanted irritation. It has a mild, soap-free formula that uses coconut cleanser and oatmeal to clean your puppy’s coat and skin. It also includes aloe as a moisturizer and removes allergy-causing dander as you work it into the fur. It won’t interfere with flea or tick treatments, and can even be used on kittens.

With a total of only four ingredients, it’s easy to see what goes into the product—so you can feel confident it won’t cause any allergic flare-ups when you bring it out during bathtime.

Best Tearless: Burt's Bees for Pets Tearless Puppy Shampoo with Buttermilk, 16 Ounces

No one likes getting a drop of shampoo in their eyes, and puppies are no exception. Fortunately, Burt’s Bees Tearless Puppy Shampoo with Buttermilk has a gentle formula that won’t irritate your dog's eyes during bathtime, and will also leave them smelling great. It's free of sulfates and colorants and includes buttermilk to soften the skin. The pH-balanced formula helps avoid over-drying your puppy’s skin, while the inclusion of honey (this is a Burt’s Bees product, after all) helps the hair follicles retain moisture for healthy growth. 

Customers write that their puppies have experienced no irritation while using Burt’s Bees Tearless Puppy Shampoo with Buttermilk, even when it runs into their eyes. The smell is on the subtle side, which some owners appreciate, but still does an effective job of deodorizing. It lathers up well, and leaves coats soft and shiny after use.

Best for Dandruff: Hartz Groomer's Best Anti-Dandruff Dog Shampoo

This shampoo is formulated to reduce dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that causes those scaly, annoying skin patches. Its main active ingredient is salicylic acid, a compound that helps to exfoliate the skin while preventing flakes. This shampoo can also be used to treat flea dermatitis, and it works to hydrate your puppy’s coat while ensuring their skin is itch-free.

Customers write that their puppy’s dandruff disappears when they use Hartz Groomer’s Best Anti-Dandruff Dog Shampoo. It lathers up well and smells great, and effectively treats those flaky areas that have been driving your pup nuts. After only a couple of uses, you should notice a shinier coat and a marked reduction in dandruff.

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