How to keep that dog smell out for good

by Jeannie Middlebrooks

If you have dogs, you know that to resist the smell of a smelly dog is nearly inevitable. It’s something every dog owner struggles with. So we’ve compiled a list of ways to help you keep that dog smell to a minimum.



One of the major things you can do is have wood flooring in your home.

This can be a bit on the pricey side, but if you are a dog owner and looking for a new home or even building one, all wood floors are a major key player in keeping the dog smell down.

Carpet keeps bacteria, dirt, and allergens deep down in the fibers. Even if you vacuum every day, you can’t get everything up.

If you have carpet in your home, vacuum often. A Roomba is helpful with this.

You can set it to run daily, keeping the dog hair and dirt picked up without having to do it yourself.

You should also put down a baking soda powder once a week and heavily vacuum your floors. Professional carpet cleaning at least every six months will help as well.



Fabric furniture also keeps all the same nasty stuff that carpet does.

It will harbor all the slobber from the licking, the dander and hair from shedding, and all the particles your precious pups bring in from outside.

One option to help with the smelly dog if you have fabric is to keep your pets off the furniture. But for most dog owners, this is a difficult task. 

Another option is to keep a cover on the furniture or even a blanket you can easily take off and wash.

You can also spray the furniture weekly with Febreze or Lysol. If purchasing new furniture is in your budget, you’ll want to look into leather furniture.

Leather furniture is recommended for any home with pets because it is easily cleaned, and won’t hold on to the bacteria and things that fabric does. It also tends to stand up better to your pet’s nails much better than fabric will.



Washing and grooming your smelly dog is going to be a key to keeping your home smelling fresh and clean. Professional grooming at least once a month is recommended.

Some breeds such as longer haired dogs can benefit from weekly baths. Check with your local professional groomer for recommended in-home options you can use between washings, such as dry shampoo, to help keep your pet clean.

You can also be sure to wipe their paws each time they come in from outside to keep down the amount of dirt and allergens being tracked into your home from outside.


Extra Scents 

You can use essential oil diffusers in your home to help the dog scent.

If you choose to use oil diffusers or even candles in your home, please be sure you are not using a scent or oil that is toxic to your animal. Some of the oils that are toxic to dogs are

  •     Citrus
  •     Cinnamon
  •     Sweet Birch
  •     Tea Tree Oil
  •     Pennyroyal
  •     Peppermint
  •     Anise
  •     Thyme
  •     Clove
  •     Juniper
  •     Garlic


If you have or currently do use these in your home and notice that your pet is more lethargic than normal, notice any vomiting/diarrhea, seizures, or excessive drooling, your pet needs to be taken to your local veterinarian. 

While cover scents such as candles, sprays, or diffusers can be a quick and popular way to cover the dog smell in your home, be sure that you are using something that is not toxic to your pup.

 While the smell of your dogs can be overwhelming to try to keep at a dull roar.

There are several things you can do to help keep it in check. Wood floors, leather furniture, and consistent grooming and bathing are the best.

If you can not opt for those things, keeping on top of vacuuming is one of the best ways to keep the molecules down that cause that “dog smell”.

This is also a great way to justify the purchase of a Robot vacuum.

Setting it to run daily will not only help keep the dog smell down but coming home to a clean floor is always helpful after a long day at work!

And if you have surprise company – and need to cover the smell quickly, just be sure that you aren’t using a scent that is toxic to your cuddly companion. 

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