Is your dog smelling a bit funky? Chances are if you've noticed it, everyone else has noticed it 10 times more. Wet dog smell is caused by natural oils and microorganisms, such as bacteria and yeasts, that live on your dog. When your dog gets wet when he goes out in the rain, or when your dog locates a lovely pond or swamp to play in, these substances combine with water to smell particularly foul. Thus the term, “wet dog smell”. Even bathing your dog improperly can result in a dog that smells just as bad, or worse than before, because of the interaction of water with bacteria and oils on your dog's coat. Certain breeds seem particularly smelly because they have sebum oil on their coats, which is particularly funky when combined with water. Hounds and retrievers are amongst these particularly smell doggies. Dogs that have parasites, yeast infections, bacterial infections, or skin conditions can also be more smelly than usual.
The only one who does not seem to care if your dog smells is your dog! In fact, he may even think he smells great. Dogs seem to gravitate towards rolling in the stinkiest stuff they can find, everything from dirt to poop to dead things. Yuck! Efforts you make to keep your dog smelling better, like bathing and grooming, may not be appreciated by your dog nearly as much as you think he should. So if your dog is not a fan of being bathed and groomed, be sure to associate these activities with rewards, and show patience, so your dog learns that efforts to prevent him from smelling bad aren't all that terrible after all.
When using substances such as shampoo, vinegar, oils, cologne, baking soda, and cornstarch, be careful not to get products in the eyes, nose or mouth and to ensure your dog does not lick and ingest residue.
Using dog-appropriate shampoos, conditioners, and colognes is recommended to ensure your dog does not ingest substances that could make him sick.
If your dog is particularly foul smelling, take your dog to a veterinarian to check for any infections, parasites, or conditions that may be causing the odor.
When bathing, use restraints and non-slip surfaces and an assistant if needed to lift your dog in and out of tub and keep him secure during bathing.