Keeping your Dog Smell Fresh

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“When someone smells nice, it makes them more attractive” -Anonymous

People love the smell of flowers, cookies, coffee, and perfume. A good fragrance is something that makes us happy. However, not all things can be naturally fragrant.

If you are a dog owner, you probably know that dogs smell. They have a scent that only they can produce. Of course, a smelly dog does not appeal well to us. We even think twice whether to own a dog or not considering the possibilities of dog odor staying in the house.

Dogs should not always just be cute and adorable, they should also come with a good scent. In this way, we don’t have to worry about a house that stinks!

If you love your dog, help him stay fresh and clean! Here are 8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Smelling Fresh Every Day from The Fun Times Guide: 

#1 – Wipe your dog’s fur with baby wipes

While they also sell dog wipes at pet stores, baby wipes are gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin and your dog’s! (Just stay away from the eye area.)

Each wet wipe is pre-moistened with gentle cleansers, conditioners, and deodorizers.

Simply by using a baby wipe as a dog odor remover on the fur and paws, you will help your dog smell fresh and clean much longer.

TIP: Wet wipes are also great for cleaning your dog’s muddy paws and smelly bum on occasion. Plus, they’re perfect to carry with you when you’re out and about!

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#2 – Clean your dog’s ears

Sometimes the dog smell is coming from your dog’s ears.

To quickly clean your dog’s ears, take some mineral oil (or baby oil) and put 3 or 4 drops in each ear. Then use a cotton ball to massage the oil inside your dog’s ear.

Be very careful! Just as with humans, you can hurt the eardrum if you rub too hard or poke at the inner ear. Go slowly and gently when cleaning your dog’s ears.

TIP: Mineral oil and most other dog ear cleaners will not kill ear mites which are typically the cause of a dog’s smelly ears. So, if your dog is shaking his head a lot or his ears often smell bad and have small brown or black specs inside them, then you have to use a treatment product like Zymox

#3 – Add fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet

Doggie bad breath can be an ongoing nuisance.

It’s hard to find the right dog odor remover for the mouth though.

One tried and true remedy is to mix some dog-friendly fruits and vegetables in with dry dog food. (Start slow, gradually adding more fruits & veggies into your dog’s food over time.)

Your dog may not eat the fruit or vegetables at first — but if you keep adding it to their food regularly, most dogs will eventually start eating the new healthy foods. 

#4 – Use baking soda or cornstarch as a dry shampoo

Baking soda and cornstarch are good things to keep on hand for a number pet predicaments.

For example, cornstarch can stop a dog’s toenail from bleeding if you trimmed it too short. Cornstarch can also help stop the itch often associated with hot spots and dry skin.

Well, cornstarch and baking soda are also useful at removing everyday dog smell!

Simply sprinkle some cornstarch (or cornstarch baby powder) or baking soda directly onto your dog’s coat — and use a towel to gently massage it into your dog’s skin.

This dog odor remover works amazingly well — just like a dry shampoo for humans!

TIP: Some people apply a small handful of cornstarch or baking soda directly on their dog’s paws and armpits to remove that sweaty smell after playing hard outdoors in the summertime.

#5 – Try a homemade dog deodorizer

Lavender is a natural deodorizer that complements cornstarch and baking soda well.

Instead of buying a dog deodorantdoggie cologne, or dog grooming spray (basically, they’re all the same thing), you can simply add some Lavender to baking soda or cornstarch for a homemade dog deodorizer that’s lightly scented.

Or, you can add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a spray bottle filled with water to make a lightly scented dog deodorizing spray.

TIP: A vinegar/water mixture in a spray bottle also neutralizes a smelly dog odor.

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#6 – Brush your dog regularly

Brushing removes dirt, dander, and allergens from your dog’s coat — and those are all the things that contribute to a stinky dog.

As a bonus, the more you brush your dog (outside), the more you’re preventing all that fur from showing up inside your house!

You won’t see immediate results after brushing your dog though. This one’s a dog odor remover that works over time.

TIP: The Furminator is quite possibly the best dog brush ever invented! Here’s why.

#7 – Wash your dog’s bedding, toys & gear

The longer the time in between washings, the more likely your dog’s stuff smells like “dog”.

And if the place where your dog spends much of his time has a doggie smell to it, then you can bet your dog smells too!

So if you want your dog to smell fresh and clean, make sure the dog bedding is washed regularly — every other week or so. The same is true for your dog’s toys, collars, leashes, etc.

This will go a long way towards eliminating doggie smells on your dog and in your home! 

#8 – Brush your dog’s teeth

The best way to eliminate your dog’s bad breath, is to brush your dog’s teeth regularly. (If there’s a lot of plaque build-up already, then take your dog in for a professional doggie dental at your vet’s office.)

Here’s how to brush a dog’s teeth:

  1. At random times when you and your dog are both relaxed, start by rubbing your dog’s teeth with your bare finger (or your finger dipped in peanut butter).
  2. Later, add a small dab of dog toothpaste on your finger and rub your dog’s teeth with that. (Trust me, dogs love the taste of doggie toothpaste!)
  3. Eventually, switch from using your bare finger to using a finger brush. (A dog finger brush is less intrusive than a regular toothbrush.)

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This is the most effective way of brushing your dog’s teeth and keeping his breath smelling fresh day in and day out.

You should brush your dog’s teeth this way once a week. But if you haven’t brushed your dog’s teeth regularly up until now, then once a week may be too much at first — so start with every 2 to 3 weeks instead.

If your dog simply won’t tolerate having a finger brush inside his mouth, then try rubbing your dog’s teeth with a washcloth. Every little bit helps!

There is great importance in having your dog groomed and bathed regularly. Dog smell does not always have to be overwhelming! Let’s get rid of the doggy odor and make our pals smelling fresh!

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