Cuddly, soft, and cute, your dog is just asking for a hug. However, there is a problem: he stinks. Most dogs carry around a doggy odor far from delightful. It’s no surprise that they smell, however. Rolling in the dirt, licking themselves, and walking through high grass are just a few of the doggy odor causing activities dogs do. While some dogs will nearly always carry that smell, there are things you can do to greatly reduce it. Try the tips below!
Wash Your Dog
Naturally, if you don’t wash your dog, he’s going to stink. You probably wash your dog whenever he gets very smelly, but, with the case of reducing doggy odor, you might want to consider a weekly bath. If you think your dog needs a bath more than once a week, consult your vet first. Too much shampooing can dry out your dog’s skin.
Clean Your Dog’s Ears
My humans have had a lot of experience with cleaning dog ears thanks to me. I’m prone to ear infections, and, when my ears aren’t cleaned, they stink. The smell from your dog might be from dirty or infected ears. In the case of infected ears, go to the vet to get medicine to cure it. Cleaning your dog’s ears, though, should be regular. Dirt and wax can stop them up, so buy some ear cleaning liquid at a pet store or the vet’s and give your dog’s ears a cleaning maybe once a month. If you own a dog breed with real hair (like a Poodle, for example), bring him regularly to a groomer to get his ear hair plucked. I know it sounds painful (and it is!), but it’s necessary for these dogs. Our hair grows continuously, and ear hair must be plucked or it will keep growing until it stops up your dog’s ears.
Clean Dog Bedding Regularly
Brush Your Dog’s Hair
Your dog’s dead hair needs to be removed, and a brushing will do just that! Also, dirt will be removed during the brushing, keeping your dog cleaner and happier.
Brush Those Teeth
A big part of doggy odor comes from your dog’s mouth. Fresher breath (your dog will always have an element of bad breath, but brushing can help reduce it; yours wouldn’t smell minty either if you ate dog food!) and less tartar buildup are the wonderful results of regular brushing. If you open up your dog’s mouth, you may see little specks of brown, orange, and yellow on his teeth. This is tartar, and too much of it can cause teeth to rot. If you let the tartar build up, a veterinarian may have to professionally remove it, which can be expensive. Save your dog the discomfort and you the money by investing in a dog toothbrush and special doggy toothpaste. Read more about oral care for dogs here.