How to Make Your Dog Smell Better

The odor of a smelly dog does not appeal to most people. In fact, dog odor can often cause people to think twice about either owning a dog or letting their dog spend time indoors or in a car with them. Unpleasant dog odors are many and varied, including bad breath, flatulence, scents arising from poorly maintained fur, or the animal stepping or rolling in feces. Ultimately, no matter how cute, a smelly dog is hard to spend time around, so it is important to keep your dog smelling pleasant.


Method 1 of 2: Bathing your Dog

1. Buy some dog shampoo. For a dog that has rolled in something smelly, hasn’t been bathed for a while, or looks dirty, a bath is a good start to fixing the odor issue. Buy a shampoo that is formulated to get rid of odors rather than simply trying to cover them up with artificial scents.

  • Conditioner is optional, depending on the type of coat your dog has.
  • If your dog is suffering from a skin condition, such as yeast overgrowth, ask your vet for an appropriate medicated shampoo to use.

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2. Wet your dog completely. Starting from the top of the head and working your way down to the end of the tail, apply warm (but not hot) water to your dog.

  • Your dog should be wet all the way to the skin before applying shampoo.

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3. Shampoo the dog. Squirt some shampoo into your hands. Start to lather from the top of your dog’s neck to the end of its tail.

  • Shampoo the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, belly, featherings (if any), and the rest of the body.
  • Be careful to avoid your dog’s eyes and ears.

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4. Rinse the shampoo. Use warm water to wash the shampoo out of the dog’s coat. Again, avoid water entering the eyes, ears or nose.

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5. Repeat this process for conditioner, if you choose.

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6. Let your dog shake the water off. Stand back and let your dog shake out as much water as possible.

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7. Dry your dog as soon as possible. Using a towel, dry your dog as much as you are able. Some dogs may let you use a dryer set on low to blow dry their fur.

  • The wet-dog smell that people complain about is mainly caused by bacteria that feed on a dog’s natural skin oil. Like so many other types of bacteria, they thrive in a warm, moist environment.
  • The best way to control the wet-dog smell is to give your dog regular baths and to keep your dog dry as much as possible between baths.
  • Keep in mind that bathing your dog too frequently will remove too much skin oil, leading to problems. Ask your vet for advice, according to the climate, length of your dog’s hair, etc.
  • It’s best if you can prevent your dog from rolling until he has dried completely, as its wet fur will easily absorb scents.

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Method 2 of 2: Grooming your Dog
1. Clean your dog’s ears. Dirty ears are a common source of unpleasant dog odors. Clean your dog’s ears when they look dirty inside, but do not clean them so often that it causes irritation.

  • Buy wipes, mineral oil, or an ear cleaner, available at any pet store.
  • Wipe the ear where wax can be seen (generally a dark brown color) and through the different crevasses in the ear. If there is a strong odor to the ear, it is most likely an infection, not just wax, and should be addressed by a veterinarian and appropriate medication.
  • Ear infections are common in dogs and often accompany skin problems elsewhere on the dog’s body. If your dog’s ears show signs of infection such as odor, redness, swelling, or discharge, look out for skin problems.
  • Both skin infections and ear infections are often caused by allergic reactions to foods or something in the environment like pollen.
  • Gently squirt the solution in the dog’s ear and rub the ear in a circular motion. Or, better yet, use your thumb and middle finger to gently grasp the ear canal just below the ear opening. Then, open and close your fingers to break up the ear debris with the help of the ear cleaning solution.
  • Dogs usually find this enjoyable and will often lean into the ear massage and groan with appreciation.
  • Lastly, use a cotton ball to gently wipe out any fluid from the ear canal.
  • Throughout this process, do not force anything down the canal. Do not use Q-tips.

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2. Brush or comb your dog daily. This will remove some of the dirt and debris that may contribute to unpleasant dog odor.

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3. Clean your dog’s teeth. A dirty mouth leads to bad breath. For both your dog’s health and odor, you should brush your dog’s teeth regularly, ideally on daily basis.

  • Find a dog toothbrush suitable for the size of your dog’s mouth. You can buy these at any pet store, in pet catalogs, or from your veterinarian. Find a suitable toothpaste for dogs (don’t ever use human toothpaste). Dog toothpastes are often flavored with such tasty flavors as beef or poultry.
  • Squirt a pea-sized amount of dog toothpaste on the toothbrush.
  • Gently move your dog’s lip upward so you can see its teeth.
  • Brush all the teeth inside the mouth for about one minute. Be sure to get both sides of each tooth.
  • Some dogs will not take to tooth brushing with a toothbrush right away and will require training and slow introduction to the process. Start out with the dog toothpaste on your finger, then use a piece of gauze. When your dog is comfortable with that, move up to the toothbrush so that your dog can get used to the process gradually.
  • Don’t forget to treat your dog for being patient during this process.

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4. Don’t scent your dog. Avoid spraying perfume, scented, deodorizing or household products on your dog.

  • These may temporarily mask the odor but won’t remove it or address the cause. Also, if it’s not made for use on dogs it may be unsafe, make the problem worse and even injure your pet.

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