How to Control Dog Odor

Odor control starts with your dog's health.
Odor control starts with your dog's health. (Image: dog image by Mat Hayward from

You might find it surprising to know that dogs should not have an offensive odor. One in good health and kept in proper conditions should be virtually odor free. Controlling a dog’s odor, and the resulting odor in your house, is as simple as keeping him healthy and allergy free. Keeping your dog’s living quarters clean will also help control odor.

Things You'll Need

  • High-quality dog food
  • Gentle dog shampoo
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dog toothbrush

Feed good, nutritional food. This will keep your dog healthy from the inside and maintain proper function. Ensure that meats like chicken, beef, turkey and salmon are listed first and second in the ingredients.

Remove allergens from both diet and environment. Allergies can cause ear, foot and skin odor, as well as many other canine health problems. Many dogs are allergic to wheat and corn, but dogs can be allergic to many different things. If you are unsure of your dog’s allergies, ask your vet.

Give biweekly baths using gentle, dog-formulated soap formulated for your dog’s pH level. Bathing will remove loose dirt and residue buildup. Do not over-bathe. This could dry out the skin, which can lead to more health problems.

Brush your dog’s teeth and provide him with natural chew toys. Odor coming from your dog’s mouth is likely due to tartar buildup. Proper dental care is essential for overall health.

Make annual vet visits. Routine check-ups will ensure good health, keeping him feeling and smelling good. Be sure the vet also does a dental cleaning.

Wash your dog’s bed and blankets weekly with hot water and laundry detergent. Regular washing will keep your dog from getting dirty from his own bedding, and it will also keep odors under control.

Vacuum, dust and scrub your house weekly to prevent odor buildup. Dogs will often track in mud, dirt, and more, contributing to household odors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult a holistic veterinarian for information about natural diets to improve health and odor.
  • If following these steps fails to solve the problem, your dog could have a more serious medical condition. Consult your veterinarian.

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