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How Do You Make Homemade Dog Conditioner?

Too much exposure to the sun, licking, chewing, and allergies can make havoc in your dog’s fur and skin. Proper conditioning, followed by a bath, can make all the difference. It can help heal some of the damages and bring back its natural shine.

It can get pretty annoying to some dog owners seeing them in such a dilemma. But luckily, you can even make it possible to have your homemade conditioner.

How do you make homemade dog conditioner? To make a homemade dog conditioner, use two tablespoons of coconut oil. Add it to a ¼ cup of ground oatmeal, and then add one tablespoon of honey and ¼ cup of water. Combine these in a jar and shake well, and then you have your conditioner.

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In this article, you will find some recipes that you can follow to create your very own conditioner for your dogs. The main ingredients involved in these recipes are easily available at your home. Learn all of them and make your dog’s conditioner today.

Homemade Hair Conditioner For Dogs

Dogs vary depending on their needs. Some dogs have sensitive skin, while some aren’t. And some commercially produced conditioner might cause more harm to them.

It is why making your own conditioner is the best way to have your dog’s skin and coat healthy and irritation-free.

Rosemary Conditioner

Rosemary is the most common herb found in most pantries. It is also one of the most substantial ingredients for dogs in providing them health benefits. Rosemary is rich in Vitamin C, flavonoids, saponins, essential oils, alkaloids, and tannins.

They aren’t just flavor boost to your dog’s food anymore. Rosemary is beneficial for blood circulation, which is essential as it helps their coat become stronger, brighter, and healthier. As rosemary acts as an astringent, it can fight oily and greasy fur.

To prepare for a hair conditioner for your Yorkie with rosemary, you need to make a simple infusion by leaving a huge sprig of rosemary. Put it in hot water and let it cool.

You can also heat two tablespoons of rosemary leaves and two tablespoons of olive oil. Do not overheat it and let it cool afterward. Both of these recipes are intended to give a boost of health benefits to your Yorkie’s hair.

Here is how to apply rosemary hair conditioner:

  1. Once you’re able to prepare all the infusions, you need to let it cool and remove the excess leaves.
  2. Then after it cooled down, gently apply the conditioner on a damp fur and massage it softly.
  3. Make sure to put enough to cover their entire hair and let it sit for a few minutes.
  4. After that, gently wash it off and dry your Yorkie with a soft towel.

Coconut Oil Conditioner

Coconut oil is a perfect ingredient to add shine, softness, and the right amount of hydration to the hair of your dogs. It also treats your Yorkie’s coat and adds benefits to their skin. It helps fight itchiness and dryness, keeping it hydrated and moisturize.

Another advantage of coconut oil for dogs is that the unguentary application makes it a great detangler. To simply create this type of conditioner, you only need to dilute a tablespoon of coconut oil in 2 tablespoons of warm water.

Below is the instruction on how to apply coconut oil conditioner:

  1. Prepare the solution first and let it cool aside.
  2. Apply the softener in a soft wet blanket and then apply it in a gentle and relaxing manner.
  3. Make sure you covered all the spots your Yorkie likes to scratch and leave it on for a few minutes.
  4. After a few minutes, you can proceed to rinse it out with plenty of water. You can also apply the conditioner first before using a shampoo.

Aloe Vera Hair Conditioner

Aloe vera is well-known to dogs because it can be used as a treatment for dermatitis and to some internal digestion issues. However, not all people know that it also has some benefits for the dog’s coat.

It can revitalize languid and limp hair but also can strengthen and hydrate their hair follicles.

This type of hair conditioner for dogs works perfectly well for long and medium hair, which is perfect for Yorkies. For medical purposes, if you are treating dermatitis, use a medicated shampoo to wash the coat.

To create an aloe vera conditioner, you need to dilute two tablespoons of aloe vera in two cups of water. If your Yorkies’ hair is particularly tangled, you can add coconut oil in the mix for both conditioning and strengthening.

Here is the instruction on how to use aloe vera conditioner:

  1. After the regular shampoo routine of the dog’s coat, gently massage the aloe vera mix into the fur.
  2. Leave it for a few minutes and make sure all of the hair is taken care of.
  3. Rinse the mixture with plenty of water to make sure there’s no residue left.

Apple Cide Vinegar Conditioner

This type of homemade conditioner is more tonic than any other on this list. Using an apple cider vinegar on your dog’s coat will keep the fur hydrated and remove unpleasant odors.

It is due to the acetic acid that can be found in ACV, and it is an excellent antiparasitic that can kill any infestation.

To use it, take advantage of all of its properties. Mix apple cider vinegar with your regular shampoo in equal portion, then massage it gently to the fur and leave it on for a few minutes. Once it is thoroughly soaked up, you can rinse it properly.


To conclude, homemade dog conditioners offer a lot more natural benefits for your dog’s skin than some commercially made conditioners. It is ideal to use human hair products for your dogs.

It is only because humans and dogs don’t have the same pH levels on the skin. While they can help soother your dog’s condition, it is still recommended to get the approval of your veterinarian.

It is to make sure that you are finding out the cause and getting the right treatment for them.