How to get rid of Dog Smells

How to Get Rid of Dog Smells

How to get rid of Dog smells

Four of our close friends have dogs and they have all used many products and different methods to combat the smells that dogs naturally emanate.  As most animal lovers and owners know, it is the house guest that can smell pets because when you are living with your furry friend, because you can become used to the smell.  We have compiled the ultimate guide on how to get rid of dog smells and it isn’t an expensive or labour intensive process.

There literally are a ton of ways to get rid of dog smells, we found the first place to start is keeping bedding fresh and clean.  Follow our guide here to find out more about our tried and trusted ways to get a fresh clean smelling home and furry family member!

How to Get Rid of Dog Smells
With very special thanks to Julie Coles for letting us use this beautiful picture of Lola who sadly passed away during lockdown 2020

Follow our guide:

Invest in an Ozone free Air Purifier

  • Small compact and quiet air purifiers have a 3 stage infiltration system that drastically reduces dog odours, dust, pollen, smoke and pet dander (flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers).

Vacuum and Wash Bedding, Floors, Dog Blankets and Furniture

  • In between bed washes, sprinkle baking soda then vacuum your dog’s bed.  Give a little Spritz and you’re good to go.  Do this every couple of days, more frequently in the winter months if your dog comes home after getting wet.  This really helps when you want to know how to get rid of dog smells!
  • Wash your dog’s bed and bedding every week in the washing machine.
  • Vacuum and wash floors every couple of days.
  • Vacuum and wash/spritz any furniture that dogs are allowed on every couple of days irrespective of your dog’s Shedding pattern.
  • If you have a flea problem, click here for more information.

How to get a dogs cage to smell better for longer

Spray the cage with a safe animal disinfectant spray.  Leave for 15 minutes then wipe clean and allow to dry.  Wash the bed, bedding and dog blankets every week.

How to Keep Furniture that my dog sits on Smelling Fresh

If your dog has a favourite place on the sofa, invest in 2 blankets.  Place 1 blanket in that area and swap it with the other every couple of days.  This is the best way to keep furniture dog smell free because you can remove the blanket and give it a quick wash.  You can always Febreze the sofa or use a pet odour eliminator which is fantastic for encouraging your furry family member from peeing in specific areas inside or outside the house.  The pet odour eliminator is also incredibly effective for removing urine smells.

How Often Can I Bathe My Dog

Dogs need their own natural oils to promote hair growth, therefore over bathing or showering your dog can cause dryness and irritation.  It is recommended that you should only bathe your dog every three months.  Use wipes to keep the bum area clean by using grooming wipes to take away any faeces when your dog has had a number two.  Some people do wash their dogs more frequently using very gentle baby shampoo or dog shampoo.

How to Keep My Dog Smelling Fresh In-Between Dog Baths

There is a range of dog grooming products on the market to help keep your dog smelling fabulously fresh by brushing and Spritzing your dog every couple of days in between bathing.  By using a groomers Baby Fresh Cologne, it will keep your furry family member smelling baby fresh all day.  Keep the bum area clean by using grooming wipes to take away any faeces when your dog has had a number two.

Feeding Your Dog

Feed your dog with High-Quality Dog Food that is highly recommended by Vets.  Feeding your dog with a poor diet can contribute to excessive secretion of oil from glands in the skin that can produce a musty or foul smell.

Do I need to Brush My Dogs Teeth

Yes.  Your dog’s teeth should be brushed twice a day like humans.  Once you implement this, brushing will become part of your dogs daily routine to help remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up.  There are special dog toothbrushes, toothbrush dogs toys and dogs toothpaste available to make this easier for you to manage.

Products you will need:

Ozone Free Air Purifier

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Levoit’s air purifiers have the most reliable 3-Stage Filtration System with Fine Preliminary, True HEPA and Activated Carbon filters that reduce 99.97% of odours, dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores and pet dander.  100% Ozone Free, this air purifier avoids using UV/Ion light, an air cleaning method that research has shown can produce harmful ozone and secondary pollution.  With ultra-silent & touch control panel operation, it filters the air with the lowest noise level as quiet as 25dB for a restful and soothing indoor environment, helping you sleep deeply.  All settings can be made via the elegant touch panel control panel.  With a built-in replacement, indicator to reminds you when it’s time for a fresh filter, it should be replaced every 6-8 months depending on use and air quality.  Levoit offers more affordable replacement filters than those of many other brands, guaranteeing you savings far into the future.  Quality Assurance: The British standard plug and 25W motor are guaranteed to get the job done.  Ideal for pet lovers, people who suffer from allergies, nasal stuffiness, cough, sneezing, asthma, etc.  Suitable for home and office.

Washable Dogs Bed

Washable dogs bed

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Invest in a washable dogs bed to keep your home smelling fresh.  View a wide range of washable dogs beds here.  A waterproof removable and washable inner protects the dog’s bed from accidents and incontinent issues.  Wash cover & inner separately with the zipper closed, preferably by hand or on a gentle wash cycle.  Fabric resistant to molds, mildews and dust mites – replacement covers also available.  This premium grade, high quality, luxury memory foam and support foam is tested by experts to provide your dog with a sleeping experience in line with 5-star hotels whilst providing uniform and contour-balanced support.  The Ultimate Dog Bed – Fit for a King or a Queen!  Excellent medical grade orthopaedic support for older dogs providing therapeutic comfort for arthritis pain, muscle stiffness, hip dysplasia, arthritis and aching joints, contouring perfectly to your dog for maximum comfort and a sound night’s sleep.  Suitable for all dogs, at any age, particularly those who love to stretch out and laze about offering them probably the world’s most comfortable and luxurious sleeping bed – and quite possibly even more comfortable than your sofa or your bed!

De-shedding Tool

Deshedding Tool & Pet Grooming Brush

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This little gadget dramatically reduces shedding by 95%.  No more unsightly hair or fur all over your house, furniture or car.  So well – priced you can keep one in the house and one in the car – not to mention the amount of money you’ll save with your Vet or Pet Groomer.  With a premium 4 inch, stainless steel rust-resistant comb, it is perfect for any size dog and it reaches deep into the undercoat.  With a non-slip ergonomic handle with a comfortable & snug fit, it gives you great control minus the hand cramps.  Gentle on your dog’s skin and suitable for pets with single and double coats.  Brushing will leave your pet with healthy skin and a shiny coat.  This dog de-shedding tool is an Amazon bestseller to boot with a fantastic price!

Professional Groomers Dog Baby Fresh Cologne


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Get that just back from the groomers smell every day with Groom Professional Baby Fresh Cologne.  It is the best selling cologne for dogs.  Features the favourite scent of Baby Powder, it is suitable for both males and females.  Can be used on puppies over 6 weeks.  Contains camomile extracts to help soothe the skin and the scent lasts on the coat for days!  Use between baths to help refresh the coat.  Top grooming tip – spray and spritz it on a grooming brush to brush the spray throughout the coat.  Professional, salon formula.  Click here to view a range.

Febreze Pet Odour Eliminator

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Febreze Fabric Pet Odour Eliminator immediately freshens up quickly and simply perfect to neutralise and break down the odours of animals.  A few sprays will freshen up fabrics to make life a little more pleasant for you.  The smell isn’t overpowering, but strong enough.

C&G Urine Stop Spray for Cat and Dog Repellent | Stop Cats and Dogs Repeat Marking Indoors and Outdoors | 100% Natural Enzyme Urine Destroyer 500 ML


C&G Urine Stop Spray for Cat and Dog Repellent | Stop Cats and Dogs Repeat Marking Indoors and Outdoors | 100% Natural Enzyme Urine Destroyer 500 MLBuy here

This is a must-have for anyone who has dogs.  Urine stop is an ideal blend of high-quality natural ingredients such as Citrus and Lemongrass.  The citrus fresh-smelling blend acts as a repellent for pets especially dogs who are used to peeing wherever they like to.  Quality ingredients are used and are parabens Free.  Safe for the environment and for your pet because of its natural ingredients.  As with any product it is recommended to do a small safety patch test first before application to fabrics as a precautionary measure.  Safe for application on plants shrubs, garden soil and lawn too.

Johnsons Clean N Safe Disinfectant for Dog Cages

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Johnsons Clean N Safe is a disinfectant, cleaner and deodorant all in one!  It kills bacteria and viruses in areas where pets live, sleep and feed – hutches, cages, pet bedding, drinkers etc.  Suitable for any animal cage.

Dog Groomers Choice Shampoo

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The baby powder scent of this groom professional dog shampoo makes this a favourite of groomers and pet owners alike!  A professional formula that can be diluted up to 10:1.  The reviews of this product are incredible and have a 5-star rating on Amazon. Perfect for very pongy pets, Groom Professional Baby Fresh Shampoo features the popular baby powder scent.  Natural deep cleansers help remove dirt and stains and help break down odours.  Cleanses deeply yet will not irritate the skin. Contains Aloe Vera to soothe and nourish the coat and skin while reducing future dandruff.  If you want to know what shampoo dog groomers use, you have found it!  This truly is the best dog shampoo on the market and is the best smelling dog shampoo too!

Dog Shampoo & Conditioner

C&G Pets | Dog Shampoo & Conditioner 500ML | Anti-Bacterial Anti-Fungal | Calms & Soothes Itchy Dog Skin | Restores Hairs | Remove Bad Odour

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This is a cruelty-free natural shampoo for dogs.  Contains the highest quality natural cruelty-free essential oil blends, expect a superb coat shine, itch relief and skin healing with this product.  Used by leading professional dog groomers, this dog shampoo is perfectly PH balanced and paraben-free, ensuring the very best coat and sensitive itchy skin protection.  Works Easily into dogs coat and gets to work quickly soothing and relieving itchy skin and protects against any further coat or skin damage with great antibacterial and anti-fungal protection.  The best dog shampoo for itchy skin and the best dog shampoo for a shiny coat.

Dog Grooming Wipes

Dog Grooming Wipes

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Wipe away daily dirt and odours the easy way.  These thick wipes are pre-moistened with gentle cleansers, conditioners, and deodorizers.  Veterinarian approved for daily use as dog wipes.  View a wide range here.

Dog Toothbrushes

3-Sided Dog Toothbrush with Silicone Finger Toothbrush, Pet Toothbrush Addition Bad Breath Tartar Teeth Care for Small to Large Dogs Cats Cleaning

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If you are looking for the best toothbrushes for dogs, you are in the right place.  These 3-sided pet toothbrushes and 3 silicone finger toothbrushes are perfect for pets of all sizes.  The Dog toothbrush handles are made of rubber, non-slip and comfortable to hold with soft bristles that care for the teeth.  with a hanging hole design, they are easy to store.    Due to the three-sided toothbrush design, there is no need to clean your dog’s teeth in all directions.  Made of BPA-Free Premium silicone material, one side has the soft bristles feature while the other side has delicate massage bumps.  Be sure to reward your pet with compliant behaviour to ensure a pleasant cleaning experience for both your dog and you!  View a wide range here.  These types of brushes really help when you want to know how to get rid of dog smells, particularly their breath!

Toy Dog Toothbrushes

Dog Toy Toothbrushes

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Made from safe and durable material, your dog can play, bite and clean their teeth at the same time.  Made from 100% natural rubber, these non-toxic toys will not hurt your puppy or dogs teeth.  Most dogs don’t really enjoy having their teeth clean so this is a fantastic problem solver.  Just squeeze the toothpaste into the hole of the top, then let your dog chew the toy.  After a few minutes, clean it with water.  Available in different sizes.  View a range here.

Dog Toothpaste

Beaphar Toothpaste for Dogs

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Many Dog toothpaste has meat flavours that offer daily protection for your dog’s teeth. The paste counteracts plaque and prevents the formation of tartar, resulting in fresher breath.

High-Quality Dog Food

ROYAL CANIN Gastro Intestinal Lf Dog Food

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If you have a dog with a sensitive tummy and is a bit stinky, giving your furry family member better food will not only improve his or her diet, it can also give positive effects on smells and behaviour.  This low-fat high-quality dog food is perfect for any dog.  This type of food really helps when you want to know how to get rid of dog smells!

We hope you found our How to get rid of dog smells helpful.

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