Itchy Dog Shampoo! PLUS: 10 Tips for a Better Bath

Bathing dog with Itchy Dog Shampoo.

The ideal shampoo for itchy dogs is all-natural, containing no harmful toxins nor harsh chemicals. Whether your dog is dealing with dry skin, allergic reactions, or a chronic skin condition, you want to bathe them with soothing ingredients, and avoid anything that could bother their sensitive skin.

At Natural Dog Company, we’re quite familiar with itchy dogs! Our balms and supplements get real results, and our line of hand-cured bar shampoos have been a huge hit with pet parents.

Bottle of all-natural shampoo for itchy dogs, outside next to a towel.However, the most common feedback we’ve received on the bar shampoos is that they can be difficult to manage mid-bath—and we get it, trying to lather up a bar of soap while wrangling a wet, squirmy dog is no easy task! So we’re excited to introduce a new liquid shampoo formulated specifically for dogs with itchy skin.

Our anti-itch shampoo was carefully formulated to provide relief from common canine skin issues including seasonal allergies, psoriasis, dry skin, eczema, fleas, and bug bites. Whether your dog has a chronic condition and needs regular baths, or just got into something irritating, Itchy Dog Shampoo will calm their scratching and leave them feeling fresh!

How To Choose The Best Itchy Dog Shampoo:

When selecting products to use on your dog (and yourself, for that matter!), always check the ingredients. Look for all natural and toxin-free formulas which are responsibly sourced and manufactured, and avoid formulas which include sulfates and parabens.

Natural Dog Company is more than just a name, and we only use the best raw materials in our products. Our production facilities are FDA certified and officially recognized for their Good Manufacturing Processes. This ensures that the highest safety and hygiene protocols are followed at all steps of production, resulting in a high quality, responsibly made itch relief shampoo for dogs.

Itchy Dog Shampoo has been rigorously tested and confirmed non-irritating and hypoallergenic, so it’s safe for sensitive pups. We thoughtfully curate natural ingredients which balance, heal, and soothe even the most difficult skin allergies and chronic conditions. The top active ingredients in Itchy Dog Shampoo include:

Lavender essential oil

Lavender oil

Distilled from the familiar purple flowers of certain species of lavender, this oil is naturally antimicrobial and anti-fungal. Its anti-inflammatory properties can soothe eczema and itchy skin while also calming and soothing the senses.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil

This essential oil is derived from the tough leaves of the eucalyptus tree and promotes wound healing. Its pleasant, soothing scent also helps to ease anxiety which can directly contribute to skin problems.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil (pronounced huh-hoh-bah) is extracted from the seeds of a woody shrub native to North America. It has been used by indigenous peoples for centuries to treat sores and wounds, as its properties support moisturizing and healing. This oil also acts as a natural conditioner, keeping your dog’s skin and fur smooth and soft.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel

The gel from the inside of the aloe vera leaf is a well-known treatment for burns. This naturally hydrating plant material also helps heal abrasions, cuts, and irritations.

Kelp powder

Kelp powder

The powdered form of this large seaweed helps relieve itchiness with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Sodium bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate

Commonly known as baking soda, this naturally-derived fine powder helps to balance skin pH. The fine powder also acts as a mild exfoliant, removing allergens and dead skin cells from dry, itchy skin.

Offering your dog treats in the tub can make bath time better.

The key to better baths lies in making bath time a fun experience for your dog, which of course should include TREATS!

What If My Dog Hates Baths?

Many dogs have grooming or water related anxiety, but bath time does not have to be your dog’s worst nightmare! By making baths more fun and rewarding for the dog, you’ll be more inclined to bathe them regularly as you work through their skin issues. Here are some bath time tips from the experts:

  1. Exercise first — wearing your dog out with a walk or other physical activity will help them feel more relaxed at bath time
  2. Prepare beforehand — take a lesson from professional pet groomers and have all your supplies laid out before you even call the dog: several towels, your shampoo of choice, brushes or combs, a cup for rinsing, etc
  3. Take your time — particularly if you have a fearful dog, try to take things slowly and don’t rush them into the bath
  4. Make it fun — if your pup cowers or even hides when you speak the dreaded B-A-T-H word, try making grooming into a game with treats, toys, and lots of praise and positivity
  5. Test the temperature — although you might enjoy a piping hot shower after a long day, dogs are generally not as heat-tolerant as humans; aim for a slightly warm water temperature just above lukewarm for optimal bathing comfort
  6. Provide traction — if you’re bathing in a slippery tub or sink, lay a towel or rubber mat at the bottom to create a non-slip surface for your dog to stand on
  7. Treat in the tub — if you’ve got a food motivated pup, offer plenty of high-value treats like peanut butter or hot dog bits throughout their bath; this creates a positive association with grooming and encourages the dog to be still while you lather and rinse
  8. Protect sensitive spots — never use soap near your dog’s eyes, and be sure to cup your hand securely over each ear when rinsing
  9. Rinse thoroughly — speaking of rinsing, be sure to rinse all soaps and shampoos completely out of your dog’s coat with clean running water, using a handheld sprayer if possible; leaving residue can exacerbate irritation and dry out their skin
  10. Plan after-bath bonding time — since bath time can be stressful, it’s important to help the dog decompress afterwards with some cuddling or playtime; after-bath zoomies should be encouraged!

Complete Itch Relief With Balms And Supplements, Too!

Complete Itch Relief Kit including Skin and Coat Supplement, Itchy Dog Shampoo, and Skin Soother.For maximum effectiveness, pair our Itchy Dog Shampoo with our best-selling skin balms and all-natural supplements. We’ve even created a Complete Itch Relief Kit so you can bundle and save on our best solutions for itchy dogs! This bundle is the one-stop-shop for treating your pet’s skin issues from the inside out.

A once-per-day Skin and Coat Supplement starts the healing process from the inside to boost your pup’s immune system and alleviate skin issues caused by allergies and other irritants. Skin Soother heals the outside by soothing red, itchy skin and spot-treating rashes, broken skin, and hot spots. Itchy Dog Shampoo maintains a healthy skin & coat by washing away dirt and surface-level irritants while relieving sore, inflamed, red skin.

Support skin and coat health from the inside out with our nutrient-dense Skin and Coat Supplement chews. Dogs think they’re treats, but these little chews are a powerhouse of healthy-skin ingredients including salmon oil, hemp seed oil, and vitamin E.

Side by side comparison of the same Boxer dog, left image shows thin coat and spots on skin, right image show shiny and healthy coat after using Natural Dog Company Skin and Coat Supplement.

After 3 weeks of the Skin and Coat Supplement, Bella is back to normal! Vet didn’t recommend anything and said just to wait it out, but we did our research and found you guys! Thanks so much! — Tyler | Bradenton, FL

For hot spots, rashes, or wounds, Skin Soother is the ultimate natural Neosporin for dogs. Our all-natural, organic balm is proven to protect and treat a plethora of bacterial issues including atopic dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, and more.

Three image collage showing inflamed, itchy skin on dog's armpit, clear and healthy skin after using Natural Dog Company Skin Soother, and a cute black mutt's face.

Koda is our “problem child!” It seems like he’s always getting hurt or has some medical issue. He was only 6 months old when we did a ton of tests to find a solution for his extremely itchy skin. After a year of trying everything, with nothing working, I saw Natural Dog Company on Instagram. I put the Skin Soother on an area of his leg that he has chewed off most of the hair. He looked SO relieved after I put it on! In just a couple days, THE HAIR GREW BACK! — Lindsey | Artesia, NM