It’s easy to make a homemade conditioner for your dog that is simple to apply and has no need to be washed out. Following is a great simple recipe that I use on my dog to help curb her itchy tendencies and leave her long, white fur lustrous, silky, and itch free. It’s also a flea repellent that’s perfect for summer-time use as well.
Simply take 1 teaspoon of Rosemary leaves or if using fresh, use a tablespoon of Rosemary, and add it to 2 cups of water. Boil the herbs and water on the stove for about 5 minutes or so, then remove the combination from the stove and allow the Rosemary to steep in the water for another 10 minutes so you get a really decent brew. Strain the concoction and allow to sit until it reaches a warm temperature, say room temperature or a tolerable temperature for you to put your hand in without burning.
After bathing your dog (I bathe my dog in a cup of baking soda and 2 cups of oatmeal to ease her itchy coat and kill smelly bacteria- regular shampoos leave her itchy. For best results, I leave the mixture on her fur for 5 minutes before rinsing and bathe her in the coolest water she can stand to help her itchy skin be more comfortable), rinse your dog completely and begin to towel dry. Then, pour the Rosemary and water combination over your dog’s coat (avoiding the eyes and other orifices) and towel dry as usual. Don’t rinse the conditioner out, just rub it good into the skin for a healthy coat, skin, shiny fur, and a happy dog!
The Rosemary helps to rejuvenate your dog’s dry, itchy skin and make the hair more shiny. It works great for my dog (in combination of her baking soda bath, which makes her so white she glows) in keeping her fur from matting, making her easier to brush, and certainly keeps her itching and scratching at bay. I just use the Rosemary leaves in the herb section of the grocery store, and they work just fine. I hate Rosemary as a flavor for food, but it works wonders for my dog.