How to Keep your Dog Smelling Good

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Keep your Dog Smelling Good

One of the more unpleasant aspects of owning a dog is their stinky coat. This can be bothersome for both the pet owners and guests that visit the house. Although some kind of dog smell may seem like unavoidable part of owning a dog, there are ways of controlling it. If you're interested in knowing more, look no further than this OneHowTo article on how to keep your dog smelling fresh.

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Contrary to popular belief, bathing your dog very frequently will not help to prevent bad smells but might actually worsen the situation. Washing your dog's coat often will strip it of all its natural oils and leave it unprotected. Therefore, we advise washing it once a month or as often as your vet recommends.

How to Keep your Dog Smelling Good - Step 1

Grooming your dog is one of the best ways to keep the odour of its coat under control and prevent it from shedding excessive hair. If you do it every day or every other day, you'll notice a considerable difference in the unpleasant odour.

How to Keep your Dog Smelling Good - Step 2

When you bathe your dog, it's vital that you dry its coat properly with a hairdryer because excess moisture can lead to bad odour. Bacteria are normally responsible for a dogs smell, and they thrive in warm and moist environments so if your dog gets wet, make sure it gets dry just as fast!


Dressing your pet is not recommended. Although your pooch may look adorable in dog clothes, dressing your dog can actually hinder natural sweating and can cause bad odours as the material will lock in moisture.


It is also important to educate dogs not to jump onto furniture to prevent the smell from spreading around the house. To discourage your dog from doing this, you could spray your furniture with specialized perfume sold in the veterinarian clinics. However, don't apply too liberally and always follow the instructions on the packaging.


To keep your dog smelling nice and fresh requires some TLC, especially with regards to frequent grooming. Whilst this may be quite a chore, especially with long-haired dog breeds, remember that your dog deserves all your love, care and time.

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