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4-Legger Dog Shampoo Review – Nothing that Doesn’t Belong

MyDogLikes reviews the new lavender scented shampoo from 4-Legger
Written by Rachael Sando

Taking advantage of some beautiful weather this weekend, we took the boys down to Corbett’s Glen for their first swim of the year. After a couple mile hike in the heat we finally reached the stream and beautiful waterfalls that make it such a special place. As soon as they heard the sound of rushing water, Harley and Charlie were pulling to jump in! After lots of fetching and romping around in the water, the boys were exhausted and dirty!

Dogs swimming at Corbett's Glen in Rochester, NY

While swimming is always tons of fun, we have learned (the hard way) that our sensitive skinned and allergy prone boys can pay the price afterward if we aren’t careful. Even though we only let them swim in clean, running water, when left on their skin, environmental irritants and allergens can lead to itchy, uncomfortable skin. Sometimes skin infections will develop and a round of antibiotics is needed!

Our Golden Retriever Harley is quite satisfied to all the dirt and mud he got into!

Thus, we have come to the conclusion that swim time is all about compromise. The boys still get to swim, but then always have to take a bath afterward to wash away anything that may cause problems for them later in the week if left to sit on their skin.

Taking Care of Business – Staying Ahead of Dog Allergies

When it comes to taking care of our boys and their sensitive skin, there are few products we trust as much as 4-Legger Organic Dog Shampoo. Recently, our friend Melissa from 4-Legger, contacted us about a brand new scent that has been developed, Lavender!

Though Melissa was nervous that Harley and Charlie would think the new scent was too “girly”, we reassured her that they would be quite comfortable with the new scent, especially if it brought more pets from the ladies! Since we already knew that 4-Legger has worked great, left our boys coats super-soft, and made them smell like delicious spicy lemon drops, we were eager to see if the new scent had the same great results!

Happy at all times - even when getting a bath!

About 4-Legger Dog Shampoo

4-Legger was founded with a determination to lower your pet’s exposure to environmental toxins.

Here are a few startling statistics to help explain why this mission is so important to them.

  • Nearly 50% of dogs will die from cancer
  • Studies have shown that up to 95% of canine cancer can be attributed to environmental factors

These non-hereditary factors can include anything from the food they eat, the places they live, the medications they take and the grooming products they use. It only makes sense to limit the use of anything with a questionable safety record.

4-Legger Dog Shampoo Logo

Rest assured, everything in 4-Legger’s shampoo is natural, organic and human grade. 

Make sure to visit their blog for a wealth of information on organic ingredients and a thorough explanation of shampoo industry jargon used by the competition. Hint: There is a severe lack of transparency and oversight in the industry – This extends from the mainstream brands even to others that may tout organic ingredients!

Taking a Closer Look at the Ingredients

4-Legger is completely natural, certified organic, and even cruelty free. They also use no artificial colors or fragrances, sulfates, parabens, or alcohol.

What will you find? Well, in the new Lavender formula:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Organic Oatmeal Glycerite
  • Lavender Essential Oil

That’s it. Everything has a purpose, and is included for the benefit of your dog. No extra chemical nonsense to achieve a desirable color, scent or consistency.

Looking at the main ingredients of 4-Legger Shampoo

Bath Time! Reviewing 4-Legger Dog Shampoo

Make Sure to Check out our Tips for Bathing a Dog!

Knowing that our boys needed a serious scrub-down, it was off to PetSaver Superstore to use their Self-Wash Station. We love to use the self-wash station because for a low price, we get access to a tub the boys can easily climb inside (and be kept inside) and best of all – they take care of the clean up! The boys are old pro’s at the self-wash and hopped right in the tub to get sudsy when we arrived. Though our self-wash offers shampoo, we were eager to use our brand new bottle of 4-Legger for this dirty job.

Charlie in the dog self wash station at PetSaver Superstore

Based on our experience when we opened the original formulation of 4-Legger, we expected the lavender shampoo to fill the air with a refreshing natural smell. We were not disappointed! Rather than smelling like a spicy lemon drop, the scent made me feel like I was being transported into a field of flowers. Not in a perfume-y way, but just a fresh and pleasant aroma.

Charlie loved the scent so much that he kept trying to lick himself!

The scent was so enticing to Charlie that he wanted to lick himself clean while we rubbed him down! Although it is if course not meant to be ingested, we felt at ease knowing that there is nothing in the bottle that could harm him.

You will note that 4-Legger shampoo is a thinner consistency than most others you have probably tried. This doesn’t mean it is watered down, but instead free from sulfates that are used to thicken and boost the lathering action of other non-organic products. If an ingredient has no benefit to a dogs skin or coat it isn’t included!

We were very impressed with the amount of lather this shampoo builds.

Don’t worry, 4-Legger shampoo still provides plenty of lather. In fact, we were actually very pleased with how much lather was created.

Rinsing off Charlie after bathing with 4-Legger

Another finding was that 4-Legger was significantly easier to rinse out of the coat than commercial dog shampoo brands. There was no slimy residue left behind and our boys were suds free in no time.

Using the blow dryer at the self wash station

Not only do they smell fantastic, but their fur is incredibly smooth and soft. I can’t stop rubbing Charlie’s head in particular!

Read our full review to see why MyDogLikes highly recommends 4-Legger Dog Shampoo

Why MyDogLikes 4-Legger Organic Dog Shampoo

The more we dig into and learn about common ingredients in dog foods, treats, and healthcare products the more we are pushed toward natural solutions. As we test their latest shampoo, we are once again impressed with 4-Legger’s commitment to keeping things natural. 4-Legger is hypoallergenic, organic, non-toxic and (equally important) works great! Even that wonderful lavender scent is not artificial – instead a carefully concocted blend of essential oils.

Have a question? Feel free to contact them – 4-Legger is as transparent as they come and eager to share their knowledge to help us all have safer pets. If for any reason you aren’t satisfied (we can’t imagine why) they also offer a Wagging Tail Guarantee for a full refund.

Want to give 4-Legger a try?

About the author

Rachael Sando

Rachael is a School Psychologist with degrees from the University of Rochester and RIT. Though a lifelong dog lover, this passion has taken on a new direction through the utilization of therapy animals in her day job. Charlie, our Golden Retriever, works with Rachael as a school therapy dog in a local primary school where he brings comfort and support to students and staff on a daily basis.


  • I feel sorry for you as you often have to take a bath for shampoo reviews. Not a good thing! Mom is laughing at the lavender in the shampoo. We had two boxes of Earth Rated Poop Bags at our house for a month, for our nose work event last weekend. The entire garage and car smell like lavender. She says I would fit right in with this shampoo! Looks like a good one, though.

    • This is actually our first bath in 7 months! We need to get bathed after swimming or we end up with itchy skin. 4-Legger is a favorite of ours because it is so gentle on our sensitive skin and has never given us any irritation.

  • I have closets full of different types of shampoo for my dogs but after one use, I always find something I don’t like about them. Would love to try one that is all natural that would really get my babies clean.

  • she doesn’t have any allergies or sensitivities but i love anything for her that is all natural!

  • my oldest has sensitive skin, and the youngest gets some dried skin flakes sometimes after grooming her. i prefer to use all natural products. i like that it is all natural, has lavender essential oils, and oatmeal. i also like the it is certified organic.

  • My dog does have sensitive skin. I like shampoo that has natural products in it.

  • I have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds. My girl, Kyoko, tends to get very dry skin – especially this time of year. Seiji gets very itchy at times – again, mostly this time of year. And, while Kenji doesn’t have any real issues, I like to use healthy, organic products to KEEP his fur and skin that way.

  • Looks like a great product! I love that fact that it is a REAL NATURAL product, no chemicals or weird gunk! My dog Fritzel has ALOT of allergies & so far the only shampoo that he does well with is the one that I make for him ( neem oil, aloe vera & lavender oil). I would luv to win this awesome product!

  • I like how the ingredient list includes natural things and things that would help Ruby’s skin sensitivities and dryness.

  • I don’t think he has particularly sensitive skin, but I prefer to use our special shampoo unless it’s an emergency. I like the short and natural ingredients in this shampoo! I’d love to give it a try!

  • I do have a dog with sensitive or easily irritated skin. I have another dog with mast cell tumors and another dog with dry flaky skin. I like the Jojoba Oil and Organic Oatmeal Glycerite in this shampoo.

  • His skin does seem to get dry and itchy so a moisturizing shampoo would be welcome and I like that it’s easy to lather and rinse.

  • My dog has allergies and I’ve been instructed by his vet to bathe him with shampoo twice a week. So that’s why I’m entering your giveaway! He has sensitive skin.

  • My Sadie has sensitive skin. I like that this product is natural and may give her itch relief.

  • I like all the the ingredients in this shampoo and I love lavender. I have two shih tzu and I am always looking for good shampoo.

  • My dog has very sensitive skin. I have to bring our own shampoo to the groomers when she goes for her haircuts. So, I would love to try this.

  • I have seen white flakes in the past on my Rocky(maybe a bit of dry skin)-but very luckily no allergies that we know of.

  • Both of my pups have sensitive skin and doggy dandruff. It doesn’t seem to bother them as they aren’t constantly scratching themselves, but it is unsightly at times. I like that this shampoo has oatmeal in it. I have read that oatmeal is something that can really help there condition.

  • We have 3 dogs, my elderly rescue I adopted has very dry skin and a few skin allergies. I would love to try this with him and see if it helps his skin. I love that its made in the USA and is a USDA Certified Organic dog shampoo!

  • Bowser has sensitive skin. I love that this product is 100% natural and detergent free.

  • My dogs have somewhat sensitive skin – they are part German Shepherd and so they can’t bathe too often or their skin will dry out. This means that when we do bathe them we have to get their fur very clean without harming or drying out their skin.

  • I love that the shampoo has Lavender Essential Oil Safe and Effective to Condition and Moisturize Dry, Itchy Skin. My girl Josie gets itchy daily. She only weighs four pounds so it is important that the ingredients be gentle and tender for this tiny girl.

  • My dog has severe allergies and is always itching. So I like that the shampoo has the oatmeal and aloe to help the itchy skin as well as the lavender oil to help keep it moist and not dry. I would love to try this on her because she is always itchy!

  • Yes one of our fur-baby’s has severe itches that she has
    to be on medication every day.
    What I like about the shampoo is all of the natural
    ingredients it has in it.

  • My little furbaby has sensitive skin and I have to watch what I use on her. I love that this is all natural and I love the smell of lavender and so does my Angel. She like to stick nose in my lavender bush.

  • I like that it has lavender in it, that is relaxing the natural ingredients would be great for sensitivity in some of my dogs.

  • Fantastic – I’m stoked to be able to add this brand to my list of gentle, non-toxic grooming products for the pups! So far, two have made it on there – this is #3. I absolutely refuse to use harsh chemicals on the pups. Great review, by the way! That self-washing station sounds tempting, especially the lack of clean up afterwards 😉

  • Sounds amazing. I would love to win a bottle for the boys. I too take Jaxson swimming and then rush over to a self serve shampoo place. I am looking for the right shampoo to use, and this might be the one. Thanks – hope I win.

  • I love that it is all natural and safe for humans also. One of my Boston’s has really sensitive skin, so I have to watch what I use on her. This sounds great.

  • My dog doesn’t really have sensitive skin but she does get itchy sometimes. I love the lavender oil in the shampoo! I bet it smells wonderful!

  • I would love to try this shampoo! I wish more stores sold good natural products that i didn’t have to worry about using on my dog!

  • I have a pom mix that has very sensitive skin and allergies. She has to be bathed often to help with this. This shampoo sounds great for her! I love that it’s all natural, organic, and that it contains soothing oatmeal and calming lavender for relief of dry, itchy and irritated skin.

  • I would say yes he has sensitive skin. I love that it’s all natural, organic, and that it contains soothing oatmeal and calming lavender for relief of dry, itchy and irritated skin.

  • She doesn’t have any allergies or sensitivities but I like that is all natural.

  • My dog has very dry sensitive skin, she is constantly itching. What I like best about the 4-Legger Organic Shampoo is it has an easy lather and rinse without artificial thickeners that add toxicity to my dog’s bath.

  • Both my dogs do not have sensitive skin but I love that it is all natural and organic

  • Both of my Boston Terrier boys have sensitive skin due to allergies. I like that this shampoo won’t irritate their skin like most store bought shampoos do.

  • my dog doesnt have any allergies but i love using natural, organic products! plus, their products are cruelty free, vegan, and eco-friendly and made in the USA!

  • I have a 4yr old German shepherd she seems to have dandruff problems. I ordered your shampoo and am so excited to try it and will let you all know if I see a difference . She’s not real itchy but the dandruff bothers my allergies . So fingers crossed looking forward to the natural shampoo experience . ?

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kim and please do let us know what you think! We love 4-legger and really appreciate their commitment to the well-being of our pups!