How to Stop the Dog Smell on Dogs

Bathing your dog properly is part of being a responsible pet parent.
Bathing your dog properly is part of being a responsible pet parent. (Image: bath things image by Wayne Abraham from

You love your furry family members and want them to be able to live in harmony with the rest of the family. Sometimes the odors associated with your dogs can become so overwhelming that you are forced to take action, either by putting Fido outside or coming up with a solution to stop the odor. Start by bathing and grooming the dog to get rid of obvious odor sources.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 large box of baking soda
  • 1 large bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 bottle of oatmeal pet shampoo
  • 1 bottle of pet creme rinse
  • Brush or brushes best fit for your dog's hair type
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Muzzle, if your pet is a biter

Clean your bathtub with an even mixture of baking soda and peroxide. This is safe for the pet and will not cause irritation like household cleaning agents might.

Line the floor near the tub with clean towels and make sure the area is free of any sharp objects and debris.

Put the dog's muzzle on if it has been known to bite or if you suspect your pet might bite you.

Run enough warm water in the tub so that the depth is equal to the dog's knees. Place your pet in the water and wet its hair thoroughly with the shower sprayer.

Coat your dog's hair in a high-quality oatmeal shampoo. Oatmeal will help cleanse, kill odor and moisturize your pet's skin and hair. Scrub until all debris and dirt are gone from your pet's body. Rinse and repeat the process.

Coat the dog's hair evenly with the oatmeal-based creme rinse. Let it sit for a couple minutes and rinse with clean water.

Take the dog out of the tub and towel-dry to prevent drips.

Blow-dry your pet using a hair dryer on the coolest setting. Don't forget important areas such as under the belly and under legs, which can harbor odor-producing bacteria that thrive in dampness.

Brush out the dog's hair and pull out any mats, using your grooming brushes once the dog is completely dry.

Repeat steps 1 through 9 once or twice a week.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a breed of dog with natural wrinkles in the skin, take extra care to clean between wrinkles daily with a baby wipe.
  • If your dog has long hair or an undercoat, brush it daily.
  • If necessary, clean your dog's ears and brush its teeth after bathing. Spray your dog lightly with pet cologne if desired.
  • If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, seek veterinary attention.
  • If your dog's odor does not improve with bathing, this could mean your pet has a skin infection and needs immediate veterinary care.
  • If your dog is a biter or jumper, ask for help from a friend or relative.

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