If you live near a forest, beside a river, or on a farm will be quick to tell you that there is something about stinky, decaying, items that appeals to dogs. It doesn’t seem to matter if it is black swamp water, dead fish, or a pile of slimy manure. If it stinks and can be rolled in, the dog is happy. While smelling like a walking, barking sewer system is a dog’s idea of heaven on earth. But as owners we are less than enthusiastic of that rancid smell. The odor emitting from their pet means that they have to take time out of their busy day to either take their pet to the pet groomer and have it bathed or bathe him yourself. Even then there is no way that they can be sure that the offensive odor will wash out of the dog’s coat. Even after a bath some dogs still stink
What Draws Dogs to Stinky Items
Dog experts believe that dogs are drawn to the offensive orders in an attempt to disguise themselves. No one really knows why they feel the need to camouflage their scent. It could be a throwback to the days when they hunted their dinner, if the prey couldn’t smell them, they stood a better chance of capturing something to eat. Another reason dogs might feel the need to hide their scent is protections. They might be trying to hide from potential predators or other packs of once feral dogs. Maybe stinking like a landfill made it easier to be accepted into another pack. On the other hand its possible that dogs roll in the stinkiest object they can find just because it feels good.
So How Do You Get Rid of The Stink
The quickest way I found to remove odor from your dog’s coat is to wash your dog. I’m not just talking about soap water and done. I mean really wash him, get under the coat, under the belly, and the paws. Please do not use human shampoos they can strip the dogs coat of its natural oils, leaving the skin unprotected and open to rashes and infections. Dog shampoos are made to clean the dog’s coat, without stripping it of the natural oils. Try to use a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs with an antibacterial element. Because if you don’t you may leave some bacteria on the coat or the skin. This can cause that wet dog smell. To me that makes him smells worse than before. The best shampoo that i found was on Amazon called Furbliss and it worked wonders.
If your dog constantly rolls in stinky, smelly items, you may want to consider taking him to a professional pet groomer and having his coat clipped. The shorter coat will be more comfortable for the dog during the hot summer months. While the shorter hair won’t stop your dog from rolling in the smelly items, the shorter coat will be easier for you to wash, and will dry faster.
What To If He Still Smells
Even after you have bathed with antibacterial soap and you still notice a strong odor. Your dog may have a more serious health problem. When they have dental issues they have breath the smells so foul that you can smell it throughout your entire house. Strong breath odor can also indicate more serious diseases such as kidney failure and diabetes. Dog’s are also prone to having anal sacs that become impacted and infected, and therefore extremely stinky. If washing your dog does not seem to take care of the odor you will want to take your dog to your veterinarian and have the stinky problem officially diagnosed so that treatments can begin.