Our dog loves spending time with us in the home, and we love having her around, especially for snuggles. But we don’t love all the hair she leaves on our furniture and floors!
So, eventually, we decided to do something about it.
Long story short, this involved researching and trying a bunch of popular dog shampoos on the market to figure out if these (actually) help reduce shedding. And while not all of them worked, some de-shedding shampoos did reduce the shedding (and still do).
And in this post, I’ll share my top picks with you, along with some insight into why each de-shedding shampoo made our list to help you decide which one’s best for your dog.
Best Dog Shedding Shampoos of 2022 (Top 6 Picks)
Our list of top de-shedding shampoos is based on factors like the shampoo ingredients, how well it works, the value for money aspect, and the overall quality. I’ve also tried to include something to suit a variety of dogs since every dog is unique.
For example, some shampoos on our list are better for dogs with ultra-sensitive skin and can help with things like itching, some are better for controlling doggy odors, and some are better for longer, thicker coats. So, while they’re all great for minimizing shedding, some may suit your dog better than others, which you will see as we progress through the individual reviews.
Here’s a summary of our top picks for 2022:
- FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Dog Shampoo – Best for Deshedding
- Burt’s Bees for Dogs Natural Shed Control Shampoo – Best Natural Formula
- TropiClean Lime & Coconut Shed Control Shampoo – Best Overall Value
- Arava Natural Medicated Dog Shampoo – Best Therapeutic Formula
- The Coat Handler Deshedding Dog Shampoo – Best for Thicker, Longer Coats
- Nature’s Miracle Supreme Odor and Shed Control Shampoo – Best for Odor Control
Now let’s take a closer look at each of our top picks, along with the pros and cons of each, to help you decide which shampoo will be best for helping reduce your dog’s shedding.
FURminator is a leader in the deshedding brush space, and their flagship de-shedding tool is one we highly recommend. But it turns out they also make de-shedding shampoos.
And their “Ultra Premium Dog Shampoo” works well. Even after the first bath, we noticed considerably less hair falling off of our dog in the coming days and weeks. And after continuing to use it, it has made a huge difference.
However, just because it has worked well for our dog doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for your dog. But it does seem as though many others are seeing great results with this shampoo based on the comments and reviews I’ve seen, which is likely why it has become so popular.
What’s in it?
This shampoo contains Omega 3 and 6, Aloe vera, Vitamin E, and other ingredients like Calendula Extract and Papaya Leaf Extract to help nourish your dog’s skin and hair while loosening the old hairs in the bath. So it helps de-shed your dog and limits future shedding by nourishing the coat.
Healthy Omega fatty acids can benefit dogs in various ways, especially when it comes to skin and hair. This is likely why marine sourced Omega 3 (like fish oil) is often found in shedding supplements and dog foods designed to promote healthy skin and hair.
And studies suggest Omega fatty acids can also be beneficial when applied topically (i.e., applied directly to the skin). So, this may be why many good dog shampoos include these nutrients, along with others like Aloe vera and vitamin E, to help reduce the shedding.
I also like that this doesn’t contain any chemical dyes or parabens (artificial preservatives) because sometimes what’s not in the shampoo can be just as important as what is.
Especially since some chemicals and preservatives may irritate your dog’s skin, and irritated skin can cause all sorts of problems for dogs, including excessive shedding. This is why I typically avoid any shampoo that contains harsh chemicals or preservatives, which this doesn’t.
So, to sum it up, if you’re looking for a good quality, nutrient-rich dog shampoo that does an excellent job at reducing shedding, this is our top pick.
However, there are better alternatives for controlling doggy odors and soothing ultra-sensitive skin. So let’s take a closer look at the other de-shedding shampoos on our list.
The main thing I like about Burt’s Bees dog shampoo is that it’s made almost exclusively from natural ingredients (99.7%). And it doesn’t contain sulfates, colorants, or harsh chemicals.
Instead, it’s made from naturally cleansing ingredients like honey and beeswax and nutrients such as Omega 3 and vitamin E. The formula is also pH balanced, making it gentle on both adult and puppy skin and hair, so there’s less chance it will cause skin irritation.
The other thing I like about it is that it did a great job of reducing the “doggy odor” on our dog without making her smell like perfume. It’s just a beautifully natural, mild scent. And I put this down to the fact that it doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances.
On the flip side, it’s not the most powerful de-shedding shampoo I’ve tried, but it made the list because it works really well, and it’s the best natural shampoo I’ve come across. So if you want something that uses the power of nature to clean your dog and reduce shedding, this is it.
Tropiclean’s dog shampoo is a great all-round solution for shedding. It’s made from coconut, wheat, oats, and aloe vera. It contains Omega 3. And it’s soap, paraben, and dye-free. Not to mention, it represents great value for money, especially considering it’s made in the U.S.
From a shedding perspective, this shines when it’s combined with TropiClean’s conditioner. And the reason is that the conditioner contains cocoa butter, which is high in fatty acids and, according to healthline.com, forms a protective barrier over the skin to hold in moisture.
The cocoa butter and the other natural ingredients in the conditioner aim to moisturize your dog’s skin and promote an optimal coat, which is great for minimizing shedding.
The downside, however, is that to take advantage of this, you would need to buy two products (the shampoo and conditioner), and bathing will take longer than if you used just one product. But given the low cost and potential added benefits, I don’t see this as a huge drawback.
Either way, TropiClean’s shampoo is a great shedding solution in and of itself and will leave your dog smelling beautiful and fresh thanks to the refreshing coconut and lime scent.
As the name suggests, Arava Natural Medicated Dog Shampoo is more therapeutic than the average shampoo. It contains 28 natural active ingredients, including aloe vera, tea tree, and oatmeal. And it’s enriched with dead sea minerals and botanical oils.
It’s not my top choice for shedding, but it’s great for dogs with dry, itchy, or flaky skin. All of which can contribute to shedding, especially if your dog is scratching or chewing himself as a result.
So it’s ideal if you’re looking for a natural dog shampoo to help soothe dry, irritated skin, which is a common cause of excessive shedding, to begin with. And, since it contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal botanical oils, it may help with things like hot spots and dandruff.
The main drawback that I can see, at least based on the comments I’ve read, is that some dogs are sensitive to it, which may be because there are so many ingredients used. So it might pay to consult your veterinarian if your dog has sensitive skin or allergies before trying this.
On the plus side, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and may be worth considering if you feel your dog could benefit from a more therapeutic dog shampoo.
The Coat Handler isn’t as well-known on sites like Amazon. But according to the company, it has been used by professional groomers since 1980, so it is a well-established brand.
More importantly, it works.
This shampoo contains the core ingredients you want to see in a de-shedding shampoo, such as Omega 3 & 6 and vitamin E, without all the additives many popular dog shampoos contain. It’s also soap-free and is made in the U.S.
However, the main thing I like about this shampoo is its effectiveness for dogs with longer, thicker coats and those with an undercoat. For example, German Shepherds and Malamutes are heavy shedding dogs with thick double coats.
For breeds like these, you need a de-shedding shampoo that’s up for the challenge, and that’s where The Coat Handler excels.
It loosens the undercoat fur and dead hairs on the outer coat, so they fall off during bath time instead of filling your home. While at the same time moisturizing and nourishing the skin and coat to help limit future shedding.
The biggest downside to this shampoo is the immediate cost. It’s not the cheapest option because it only comes in a one-gallon bottle. But it does work out to be quite cost-effective once you dilute it with water (according to the manufacturer’s instructions), so it’s really just the upfront cost.
Nature’s Miracle is a trusted U.S. brand that has been in the pet industry for over 35 years. And while this isn’t my top pick for de-shedding, it’s a high-quality (soap-free) formula that does a great all-round job.
The Supreme Odor and Shed Control Shampoo provides a thorough clean which softens your dog’s hair and helps maintain the moisture in her skin, and because it contains Omega 3, aloe vera, and vitamin E, it helps nourish the skin and coat too.
However, the one thing this shampoo does better than any other dog shampoo on our list is its ability to control odors and make your dog smell beautiful.
It works by neutralizing doggy odors as you wash while at the same time deodorizing your dog’s coat with a plum hibiscus scent. It also comes in a citrus-scented formula, and both come in either the 16 oz or 32 oz bottle, depending on your budget and how much you need.
Overall, this is worth considering if you’re looking for a good quality dog shampoo that helps reduce shedding while nourishing the coat and making your dog smell beautiful.
Why Do Dogs Shed So Much Hair?
So shedding is a perfectly normal thing in most healthy dogs. Even excessive shedding can be “normal,” depending on the breed of dog and time of year.
For example, Siberian Huskies are a high shedding breed at the best of times, but they also blow coat (shed profusely) once or twice per year, normally during spring and fall.
That said, sometimes excessive shedding can be caused by things like dry skin and hair, poor diet, fleas, allergies, or any number of underlying health issues. So it’s not always normal, and as such, a visit to a qualified veterinarian might be your best option if you’re concerned.
In any case, there’s no way to stop the hair from falling out completely. But there are some great ways to keep shedding to a minimum, and one of these involves bathing your dog.
Do Dog Shedding Shampoos Really Work?
Deshedding shampoos can help reduce shedding, but there’s no magic solution to stop the shedding. So, regardless of how good the dog shampoo is, it’s only something that can help minimize it.
The reason dog shedding shampoos are often so effective is because dry, irritated skin is one of the leading causes of excessive shedding, and good quality dog shampoos are formulated with natural ingredients that can help improve your dog’s skin and hair.
For example, many good de-shedding shampoos contain some form of Omega 3 because this is known to help improve and add moisture to a dog’s skin and coat, which can help reduce shedding. Whereas other shampoos contain ingredients like vitamin E, coconut oil, and Aloe vera, which are known to help soothe dry skin and promote healthy hair growth.
See also: Does Coconut Oil Reduce Shedding?
Aside from the ingredients contained in a particular dog shampoo, another important thing to consider is that the shampoo doesn’t upset the natural pH level of your dog’s skin.
This is one of the reasons why human shampoos typically aren’t suitable for dogs; because humans have a different skin pH to dogs (our skin is more acidic). So using a human shampoo that is too harsh for a dog’s skin may cause dryness and irritation, increasing the shedding and leading to excessive scratching and itching.
To sum it up, dog shedding shampoos definitely can help reduce shedding. However, it’s important to select one that contains the right balance of good quality ingredients, ideally one with as few chemicals as possible and one that isn’t too harsh for your dog’s skin.
How Often Should You Bath Your Dog?
How often you should bathe your dog depends on the characteristics of the breed and the needs of the individual dog. Specifically, what sort of coat your dog has and how dirty your dog tends to get.
For example, breeds like the Boxer and Dalmatian have low-maintenance coats that generally don’t require much bathing and brushing. So, to give you an idea, bathing a shorthaired breed like these every couple of months or so is considered normal.
On the other hand, longer-haired breeds like the Poodle have high maintenance coats, so they need to be bathed and brushed more often than the average dog. Otherwise, they can get dirt and debris caught in their coat, leading to mats and tangles.
As a general rule, we like to bathe our dogs once or twice per month with a good quality dog shampoo and rinse their coat with warm water between baths if they’ve been for a swim. But it does depend on what sort of mess they’ve gotten themselves into.
Some people bath more frequently, not because of the breed or that their dog is dirty, but because it can be a great way to loosen up and remove your dog’s old, dead hairs before it drops off and onto your floors and furniture. And that’s good and well.
But it’s important not to bathe your dog too often. Because excessive bathing, especially with a harsh shampoo, may strip your dog’s coat of its natural oils and dry out his skin. Which, in turn, may lead to excessive shedding and other problems as a result of the dry, irritated skin.
This is why I always recommend speaking to your veterinarian about how often you should bathe your dog and carefully reading the dog shampoo manufacturers’ guidelines before use. That way, you can be more confident that your chosen bathing routine is right for your dog.
You can also check out our comprehensive dog breeds page, which provides insight into the shedding and grooming characteristics of well over 100 different breeds.
Other Effective Ways to Reduce Shedding
Aside from bathing your dog with a good dog shampoo, there are a couple of main ways to reduce shedding.
The first, and perhaps the most important, is proper diet.
Making sure your dog’s diet is optimal is one of the best ways to combat shedding. Simply because a good quality dog food provides your dog the nutrients he needs to thrive and can help him develop healthier skin and hair. There are also some great natural supplements on the market that contain things like Omega 3 (DHA and EPA), specifically formulated to combat shedding in chew treat or oil form that you can add to your dog’s food.
The second main way to reduce shedding is with proper brushing.
This is a simple and effective way to reduce shedding. And not just because it removes the dead hair from your dog’s coat before it drops off, but because brushing helps spread the natural coat oils, promoting healthier skin and hair follicles.
However, it’s important to consider the type of coat your dog has before selecting a de-shedding brush for your dog. And the reason is that some brushes are more suitable than others depending on the individual dog and what you need the brush for.
For example, some brushes suit dogs with longer versus shorter coats or those with or without an undercoat, and some are designed for regular brushing, while others are more for de-shedding. See our guide to the different types of dog brushes to learn more.
In any case, proper diet and grooming are fundamental to reducing shedding because they work together, from the inside out, to help your dog thrive and keep his coat in optimal condition.
From there, it may be worth using a good dog hair vacuum and/or air purifier to help keep your home as free from dog hair as possible, especially if you’re someone who suffers from dog allergies or wants to make your job of cleaning up the loose fur as easy as possible.
Dogs shed hair, and there’s no way to stop this completely.
However, there are some great ways to minimize shedding, including using a dog shampoo designed to nourish your dog’s coat and reduce the amount of hair she drops.
This, along with some of the other methods we’ve mentioned in this article, such as proper diet and brushing, can make a big difference and help keep your home as fur-free as possible.
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