So you want to bring a date home, but your dog is a roller. This includes anything and everything — the smellier, the better. His bed smells, the carpet smells, the couch smells, the whole house smells. While you put up with his relentless aroma, some people find walking into a doggy smelling home the ultimate turn off. But don’t despair, as there are steps you can take to keep your pooch smelling fresh all year round.
Stick to a Good Quality Diet
Managing the way your dog smells starts on the inside. Of course, a soapy bath will bring its rewards, but that won’t last long unless your pooch is being fed a good quality diet. Fans of raw feeding swear that the diet leaves their dog smelling better and this certainly rings true for the waste they produce. However, whatever your preference, ensure that your animal is getting the best quality diet available and you will be rewarded with a better smelling best friend.
Use Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are an excellent way to give your dog a quick freshen up between washes. They are super handy for quickly cleaning up your dog after a walk and can help keep mud out of your car. They are also great for wiping their chops after eating and drinking.
Make Regular Visits to the Vet
Sometimes a foul-smelling dog can be a sign of an underlying medical issue such as rotting teeth, so it’s important that you get your dog’s health checked regularly. At King of Prussia vets, they also offer a teeth cleaning service which can help keep your dog’s breath fresh. It is also a good idea to get into the habit of brushing your dog’s teeth between vet visits. This will not only help keep his breath fresh, but it can also prevent diseases like gingivitis from taking hold. Another place to consider cleaning is your dog’s ears. Use an unscented natural oil and a cotton swab. Avoid ear buds as they can go too far down the ear canal and damage your dog’s hearing.
Wash Their Bedding
Wherever your trusted hound chooses to sleep, this bed needs regular washing. Covering his bed with a throw will make washing quick and easy. Make sure the couch gets the same treatment, a throw or cover will make washing a doddle as you can easily put it into the washing machine. Doing this will not only help keep your dog smelling better, but will also help eliminate unwanted odors from your home.
Dry Wash Between Baths
If you’re reading this while you date is on his or her way, and you’re running out of time, don’t despair! Grab some baking soda out of the cupboard and sprinkle it all over your dog, then use a towel to rub it all the way down to the skin and give it a quick brush to get rid of any excess. You will be amazed at how helpful baking soda is for eliminating smells. It is also a good trick for getting rid of the scent when small accidents happen and is especially effective when mixed with vinegar.