Do you turn up your nose every time your dog jumps up into your lap? While your dog doesn’t have to smell like roses all the time, there’s something to be said for avoiding the dreaded “dog smell.” The easiest way to keep your dog smelling fresh is to bath it and take it to the groomer regularly.
Keep in mind that some dog breeds excrete a lot of oil, which is why they tend to be smellier than other breeds. This includes dogs with smooth short hair like hound breeds, for example.
Certain health conditions might also contribute to making your dog smellier than usual. For instance, allergies, bad teeth, skin infections, eye infections, and ear infections can all contribute to the smell.
If you notice other symptoms besides the bad smell, then you should consult with your vet immediately.
Wash Dog’s Bedding
Allowing your dog to sleep on smell and dirty bedding kind of defeats the purpose of washing it in the first place. Your dog will probably wake up with body odor and dirt sticking on it the next morning. For the best results, wash your dog’s blankets and its dog bed if it has one. This will help to get rid of body oils, dirt, and debris that have built up over time.
Make sure the inside cushion is washed as well to get rid of bacteria and make sure your dog sleeps on a super clean and comfy bed.
Brush Your Dog Regularly
It’s essential to brush your dog regularly to prevent the buildup of debris, dirt, and allergens that may threaten its health and cause bad odor. Brushing has the added benefit of getting rid of loose hairs, and it leads to less shedding. The overall result is a healthier coat that looks clean and shiny.
Get A Dog Hair Blow Dryer
It’s important to dry your dog’s hair as soon as it comes out of the bath water. Allowing its hair to air dry can cause a bad smell that’s difficult to get rid of. Just make sure to get a dog hair dryer that are designed specifically for canines to get the water out quickly and effectively.
Use A No-Rinse Dog Shampoo
If you’re looking the easiest approach, a bathless foam shampoo is the answer to your prayers. It’s like leave-in conditioner or “dry” shampoo for humans, which means you don’t have to rinse it off. Just apply it and let it work its magic.
No-rinse dog shampoos come in powder and spray versions, but our favorite is the foam mousse variety. That’s because it won’t just hide the smell, but it’ll clean your dog’s fur thoroughly.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Sometimes, digestion problems can show up in the form of bad breath, flatulence, and bad body odor. To avoid this problem, feed your dog probiotics to maintain good gut health while promoting better digestion and nutrient absorption.
Maintain Your Dog’s Oral Health
Your dog’s teeth deserve the same attention that you give to your teeth. Dental problems like gum disease, plaque, and tartar buildup can lead to bad breath. Giving your dog a dental bone to chew on will go a long way to maintaining good dental health.
If your dog doesn’t like brushing (like most pups), don’t despair. You could always add a water additive to its daily drinking water to address the problem mentioned above.
Use Baby Wipes
This is a quick solution to use when you don’t have time to apply the other methods mentioned above. Like when you’ve got unexpected guests coming over, and you don’t want the smell of your dog to put them off.
Use baby wipes to wipe down your dog while avoiding contact with the eyes. You can also use wipes to remove dirt from your dog’s paws before it gets into your car.