To use.. or not to use… conditioner.
First and foremost, let’s get one thing straight: please do not use people conditioner on your dog, always use a dog formulated conditioner made for dogs. Now that that’s out of the way, using a proper conditioner on your dog may not be a bad idea.
When you shampoo your dog, the shampoo removes not just foul smells, but also any dirt and excessive oils on the dog. In doing so it leaves your dogs’ hair shafts open. When the hair shafts are left open leaving the hair vulnerable making the coat dry. Conditioning your dog’s hair after shampooing helps close the hair shafts and therefore locks in hydration and elasticity.
Locking in the hydration will ensure your dog’s fur to remain glossy, soft and easier to brush. Using a proper dog formulated conditioner can also help if you have an itchy dog who might require more baths than normal.
Dogs without undercoats can also greatly benefit from using a dog conditioner. The reason “under” this is because these dogs’ hair bears a similarity to human hair; it tangles easily, gets dirty quickly and is thinner compared to the fur on double coated dogs.
The goal is to provide pet parents with a conditioner abundant in natural moisturizers and emollients that help detangle, soften, and add beautiful shine without leaving excess residue. A conditioner that can be used on all coats and also help condition not only your dogs’ hair, but skin as well. Rich in coconut milk and aloe, how can you go wrong?!
So, the answer to the question of whether or not to use a conditioner after shampooing your dog is: using a conditioner is definitely better than not. Consider your pet’s coat type and whether or not they have any lingering skin conditions, and then decide on a proper conditioning regimen from there with a formulation that best suits your pet’s unique needs.