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A Quick Guide on How to Get Rid of Dog Smell in Home

by Geoff Works |

Most dogs have a distinct smell. If your pet spends most of its time indoors, this scent would linger in rooms, surfaces, and fabrics. And while we adore every bit of our furry companions, dog scents can sometimes be a nuisance.

Keep in mind that these odors could have different sources, from potty accidents or deliberate marking, to light perspiration and external factors (i.e., your dog stepped on a rotten banana peel or rolled over freshly mowed grass). More often than not, it’s a long overdue bath time. It could also be something serious, like a skin infection or clogged ears. 

The first thing you should do is identify the root cause of this smell. This way, you’ll know how to get rid of it properly. 

In this blog, you'll learn the different ways to get rid of dog smell in your home. 

Possible sources of foul dog smells

Dogs secrete different types of odor depending on their hygiene, environment, and health. Here are some potential culprits behind a smelly dog:

  • Your dog's body works differently: Dogs don't have pores where they release sweat. Instead, they perspire through their paws and release oils from their hair. This helps them release the heat they have inside their body, leaving a unique canine smell. 
  • They pick up the smell of their environment: If your dog likes being outside and playing on grass, the moisture that comes from the plants can attach to your dog. This gives your pet that grassy and moist scent after being outside, especially if he likes to rub his body against grass. 
  • Your canine may have a medical condition: A foul smell could be due to an underlying medical condition. For example, dogs with skin conditions such as yeast and ear infections can leave a funky smell that lingers. If you notice a lingering odor and persistent itching from your dog, it’s time for a visit to the vet. 
  • Your dog doesn't get proper hygiene: When dogs don't get to bathe regularly, dirt and bacteria can accumulate, producing unwanted smells. Overbathing could also dry out their skin and coat, which can cause irritation and bad odors. 
  • How to get rid of dog smell at home?

    Canine scents are natural, but that doesn't mean you can't do anything about it. Here are some things you can do to keep your home smelling fresh and pleasant. 

    Bathe your dog regularly

    In most cases, healthy dogs with no skin problems don’t require frequent bath times. A good rule of thumb is to bathe your pooch once every two to three months. But if your dog has a thick coat and spends a lot of time outdoors, the frequency would increase. Meanwhile, dogs with short, smooth coats could go months without requiring a thorough bath. 

    Veterinarians recommend bathing dogs with just water and only using shampoo when they have a lot of dirt in their coat. Don’t forget to dry your pet thoroughly as moist areas especially his paw pads and ears. Leaving your pooch moist can lead to odor-causing conditions such as yeast infection.

    Keep you carpets and floors clean

    Dogs and carpets are not a good match, especially if your dog sheds a lot or is not potty-trained. But if you insist on keeping your fuzzy rugs, they’ll most likely need regular cleaning. Make sure to vacuum your carpet and floor mats as well. This helps remove dog hair, dander, and other debris brought from the outdoors by your pooch. 

    You can also consider having professionals service your carpets and other furniture for deep cleaning once or twice a year. 

    Invest in an air purifier

    It helps to have a good circulation of fresh air inside your house at all times. Cracking your windows and doors open a few times during the day can help bring fresh air in and take stale, stinky air out. 

    You can also top that with an air purifier that can cleanse airborne bacteria and odor. There are many air purifiers that are specially designed for pet owners. This can help make your home smell better and prevent your family from getting sick. 

    Try natural, non-toxic scents

    After cleaning, you can also spray all-natural room or fabric fresheners that leave your house smelling like a spa. Scented candles and water-based essential oils can also help rid your home of unwanted smells. But take extra precaution when using these as they can be hazards, especially around dogs and children. 

    Maintain your pet’s living space

    It’s essential to maintain the area that your pet normally stays in. Unfortunately, your pet can’t clean up after itself. That’s why it’s important to keep your dog's area clean to keep the smell of dirt and pee at bay. 

    You can wash his bed and leave it under the sun for a few hours to let it air and dry out. Try adding a neutralizer such as baking soda or any pet-friendly powder you can find at the store to eliminate the scent. Lastly, make sure to sweep and mop his areas, removing food crumbs and dirt that can cause unwanted scents. 

    Potty-train your pooch

    Potty-train your dog at a young age to keep it from peeing on every corner, furniture leg, or post in your home. Pee can become a nuisance to clean as they can dry up and leave a lasting scent especially on carpets or rugs. 

    Take your dog outside on a regular schedule where he can do his business. Once your pet is accustomed to his bathroom breaks, the occurrence of accidents and dog marking inside your home will be greatly reduced. 

    For more information about dogs and how you can care for them, head over to the Lick Sleeve blog.





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