Odor Removal

How to Get Rid of Dog Odor

It’s nice to have a dog. You have someone to protect you, and give you a hug whenever you’re feeling down. It adores you and its tail wags every time it sees you. You know no matter what happens, it’ll be there at your side with its unending loyalty and affection.

Such are the perks of having a dog. Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages, like the smell it can leave all over your house. The odor lingers on your clothes, carpet and furniture. Soon, your whole house and even your car, starts to smell like a kennel.

No matter how much you love your pet, living with dog odor can become unbearable. The good news is, you don’t have to deal with this all your life. There are things you can do to eliminate your pet’s stink once and for all.

Air Freshener Magic

Let’s say you’re having friends over for a dinner party, and you’ve run out of time for a top-to-bottom house cleaning so a bit of the dog smell lingers. If you’re looking for a temporary solution to your smelly dilemma, the best tactic is to get a sweet-smelling air freshener and spray it all over your home. It’ll keep your place fragrant for the few hours that you need it to be.

Remember that this is just a quick fix. The freshener just masks the dog odor, but it’s still there. Once the air freshener’s scent runs out, you need to turn to other tactics to totally get rid of the smell.

Do Some Cleaning

A clean home is a smell-free home. Instead of placing all the blame on your poor pet, why not take a look around your house and see if it’s neat and free from clutter? The more bacteria and germs there are for your dog to pick up, the more it becomes susceptible to getting foul odor.

Make it a point to clean your home every now and then (Tips on how to keep your house clean). Throw out things you don’t need. Vacuum and sweep every nook and cranny of your humble abode. Check under carpets and furniture for loose items. You should also clean your dog’s possessions, like his dog house, the mat it sleeps on, or even the doggie dish. Once you’ve ridden your home of dirt, you and your dog are safer and it gets to avoid the unpleasant and unhygienic smell.

It’s Bath Time!

Maybe the reason why your darling pooch smells so filthy is because it is indeed filthy. If that’s the case, then it’s time to hit the doggie shower. Bathe it to remove the stench from its body. Use clean and warm water, a gentle dog shampoo and soap. You can do this every four to six weeks, depending on how active your dog is. If it likes going outdoors and rolling around in mud, a bath once a week may be more effective. If after all the shampooing and washing it still smells bad, get some mouthwash, put it on a washcloth and wipe it all over your dog’s coat, then rinse after a few minutes. (Learn how to bathe your dog)

Another tip: make sure you dry him thoroughly after the bath. Improper drying can result to a sour smell on some dogs’ coat. Use thick, clean towels or a hair dryer with the lowest heat setting to dry off your doggie companion. When it’s totally dry, sprinkle and brush in scented flea powder all over its body. (Read how to dry a wet dog)

Learn to Say “No”

Because you love cuddling it, your dog may have acquired this habit of climbing up the sofa or the bed and sleeping there. It’s not a bad thing, but when it hasn’t had a bath yet, or if it just spent the morning going through the trash, this can be a problem. The odor can stick to the fabric, making your home’s smell much worse.

Although some masters allow their pets to lie down wherever they want, don’t make your dog get used to this treatment. Learn to say no whenever it tries to climb up any furniture where its scent can linger. Clap your hands loudly, and say “No!” in a loud, affirmative tone. Don’t hurt it and don’t use an angry voice. It’s best to do this when it’s still young, so when it grows up, it’ll be used to it. Soon, it’ll learn to stay away from your furniture, and the scent won’t be a problem anymore.

Use Baking Soda

That’s right, the same ingredient you use for baking can be helpful in removing your dog’s nasty smell. This method works best if the smell has stuck to your fabrics, like your carpet or your furniture cover. Get some baking soda and sprinkle it over the smelly areas. Let it sit overnight. The next day, vacuum the baking soda. The smell will also be gone.

When you’re washing its towel, doggie sheets, and bedding, add a little baking soda to the laundry powder, to remove the smell more effectively. Some white vinegar in the rinse water also work great.

Do A Health Check

You might think dogs are just naturally smelly, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the foul odor can be a symptom of something that’s causing harm to its health. It might not be obvious, but your dog might have a hidden ailment, and the smell is the result of it. Check these health concerns to rid your doggie of its smelly problem.

  • Fur Problem. Dogs who have serious tick or flea problems sometimes develop an unpleasant smell on their skin. Use a repellent, shampoo, or powder to do tick and flea control.
  • Clean its ears. If your dog has strange insects or strangely-colored and smelly discharges in its ears, it probably has an ear infection. Take it to a vet immediately.
  • Diet Watch. Make sure your dog eats balanced premium dog food — one that isn’t spoiled or moldy. You should also look at the expiration date.
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Just like people, dogs develop halitosis or bad breath when they don’t practice proper oral hygiene. Brush its teeth at least once a week and give it breath mints to remove the odor. If it doesn’t go away, take it to a vet. The smell may be a sign of a more serious internal problem, like oral neoplasia, a serious mouth tumor condition, kidney disorder or lung cancer.
  • Remove its coprophragy habit. Many dogs like chewing and eating poop. Train it to avoid this unpleasant habit because it not only causes bad breath, but it can also lead to health problems.

Dog Odor In Your Car

One of the major places where dog odor can become very obvious is the owner’s car. If you like bringing your dog out on road trips, chances are your car interiors will start smelling like your pal. Solve this problem by trying out these ideas.

  • Lay out blankets for your pooch.This will prevent him from coming in direct contact with your car seats. After every ride, remove the blankets, wash them and put them in a clean bag in your trunk.
  • Use bread. Get some bread slices and put them on your car seat, place a paper towel under them to catch crumbs. Leave them overnight. Give the bread to the birds the next morning.
  • Shampoo your interior. Clean your interior properly by using a good quality pet odor shampoo. Leave the windows and doors open to let out the car air.
  • Turn to charcoal. Put a tray of crushed charcoal briquets under your car seats. You can leave them lying there, even when you’re using the car. Just make sure they don’t make a mess.

It’s great to love dogs, but you don’t need your house to smell like your darling pooch all the time. Try these easy tactics to solve this dilemma. You and your dog can live in harmony in a clean, sweet-smelling home. For more information on dog hygiene, learn how to get rid of dogs bad breath.

* Dogs can sure get smelly, and so can the waste products they leave behind. If your little “tinkle” pooch’s is making your home smell bad, try these tips on how to clean pet urine.

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4 Comments

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    We found that 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup peroxide does eliminate most of the smell, at least where you can tolerate being in the same room. Our dog always gets sprayed at night when she goes out for her last potty break for the night so we had to find something just to be able to get relief of that horrible odor.

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